Director Biography – Christopher Allen Writer and Director, Michael Thomas Director of Photography (NIOBE)

Christopher Allen is one of the most important symphonic and opera conductors of his generation. He was a recipient of The 2017 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award (the largest monetary award given to an American conductor), Christopher Allen is featured in Opera News as “one of the fastest-rising podium stars in North America.” He has led acclaimed performances with the Atlanta Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Philadelphia, English National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Washington National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Atlanta Opera, Daegu Opera House in South Korea and China National Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Maestro Allen’s artistic pursuits extend beyond his role as conductor. He demonstrates his commitment to education through his work with young artists at Los Angeles Opera, Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, New England Conservatory, A.J. Fletcher Institute at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Aspen Music Festival and School. As an award-winning pianist, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and mostly recently on film in La voix humaine, starring Patricia Racette and directed by James Darrah. He is currently working on writing and film projects that explore the importance of the arts in modern American society. When not in rehearsal or onstage, Mo. Allen enjoys his work as a multimedia visual artist and playwright.

Director Statement

NIOBE is an artist’s response to COVID 19, social injustice, and political policies that alienate the weakest in our society.

We all have tears, we all become submerged at times. Let us be cleansed and reborn by the tears that at first were drowning us.

Author: experimentalfilmfestival

Festival occurs 4 times a year. Showcased the best of experimental short films and music videos from around the world.

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