Chris Paine

Chris Paine


Chris Paine is the co-writer and director of Revenge of the Electric Car (2011). His prior work includes the feature documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006) released by Sony to become one of the most successful documentaries of recent times.  

Chris has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Nightline, ABC World News Tonight, Democracy Now, and Science Friday on NPR.   He's spoken nationally at venues including Brown, Stanford, Princeton, and the Matthew Shepard Symposium on Social Justice.  His film projects as executive producer include Mark Neale's "Charge!", "Faster!" and "No Maps for These Territories."  

Chris was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from Colgate University in New York.  In the wake of the BP disaster in 2010, he co-founded the counter-spin site,  Chris supports the work of the Rainforest Action Network, Impro Theater, the Black Rock Arts Foundation, and everyone helping to reduce the use of gasoline.

Chris Paine’s Favorite Films

Who Framed Roger Rabbit - “We borrowed the name Who Killed the Electric Car from this terrific animated film because it told the story of who killed off the electric streetcars that once ran in so many cities in the US.”

This is Spinal Tap - "Rob Reiner's brilliant mockumentary about the decline of a rockband in the the 1970s. I like to joke it's my favorite documentary and that's more than half true. It's a great lesson in making films well structured and as entertaining as possible whether documentary or not. A great double feature is the 2009 doc "Anvil", a real-life version of Spinal Tap about the travails of a Canadian metal band. “

Hearts and Minds - “I saw this powerful documentary in college and it made me rethink everything I thought I knew about American military strength. It also made me want to try to make films that could influence people's ideas.”