Chris Knittel is a documentary and indie film Producer. He burst onto the scene in 2012, Producing the crime drama, “Snow On Tha Bluff”. A writer for the The New York Times said “...without any introductory credits, this jolt of a film drops into a you-are-there crime scene… a riveting account of thug life.” Blending both narrative and documentary footage, this film premiered at Slamdance and gained a cult-like following. It was acquired by Netflix and was Executive Produced by Michael K Williams.Chris made his transition into documentaries with National Geographic, working as a Producer on the highly- rated “Drugs Inc.” series. He’s covered subjects ranging from dog fighting rings in the deep south, PCP manufacturing on the West Coast to gun trafficking up and down the “Iron Pipeline”. He’s worked for Emmy Award winning shows on A&E, Realscreen Award winners and his worked has appeared on networks such as the BBC, VICELAND and Netflix. With years of intimate access experience, Chris is currently Directing his first documentary feature, “Dream. Drain. Maintain.
Had the joy to work with Chris recently on a hard-access crime doc for Netflix. He was very hands on and professional in his approach to the project and delivered what he set out to do. I would definitely recommend him and work with him again!
Chris is the go to guy for hard to get, underground access. He can work up connections to excellent contributors quickly and reliably. He’s got a super brilliant work ethic and has the producers brain to suggest creative shoot ideas at the drop of a hat. Totally recommend working with him.
Chris is a beauty. Imaginative, hard working and with a wealth of contacts - I couldn’t have made my film without him.
I worked with Chris and can’t recommend him enough. He’s a great fixer, never gives up and has contacts in every corner of America. I worked with Chris on two Nat Geo shows - Underworld Inc (Illegal Gambling) and Drugs Inc (Heroin Island, NY - to be aired this autumn) - and he secured amazing access.
I’ve worked with Chris and recommend him, especially for crime-related programming.
Chris worked with me while I put together a story for VICE. He’s very talented and has a large network of contributors. He got us solid/safe access into some underground societies we really needed to film. Great Fixer/Field producer, understands story and production.