Chris Gude (New York, 1985) studied anthropology and geography at Middlebury College. In 2006, he went to Medellín, Colombia to work at a refugee shelter for internally displaced persons. There, he started a friendship with Jorge Gaviria, who would become the body and voice of his first two films, both of them blending documentary and fiction with extensive fieldwork. ‘Mambo Cool’ (2013) was embedded in the underworld of small time drug traffickers in Medellín and ‘Mariana’ (2017) in that of gasoline and whiskey smugglers on the Colombian-Venezuelan border. They have exhibited at places such as FIDMarseille, Viennale, Punto de Vista, Mar del Plata, Cartagena, Lincoln Center, MALBA (Buenos Aires), Cinemateca de Madrid, the Museum of the Moving Image (New York), Cinemateca Nacional de Colombia, Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal, among others. He’s currently working on a film about gold mining in Venezuela.