Christian Sarkis Graham



True Blue, Independent quarterly community newspaper, Philadelphia, PA
Publisher, September 2006 to June 2008
Editor-in-Chief, September 2006 to June 2008
Manager, September 2006 to June 2008
Staff Writer, September 2006 to June 2008
True Blue published brazen, provocative and occasionally controversial opinion pieces, ranging from local to international focus. I wrote editorials for True Blue, drew its political cartoons, edited its content and handled its financial and printing matters.

The Campus Lantern, Chestnut Hill Academy newspaper, Philadelphia, PA
Editor-in-Chief, September 2006 to June 2008
Staff Writer, September 2004 to June 2008
Reported on issues concerning school affairs; editorials on school decisions/procedures, event updates and reports on school history. Edited final product.

The Wissahickon, Chestnut Hill Academy literary magazine, Philadelphia, PA
Editor-in-Chief, September 2006 to June 2008
Staff Writer, September 2005 to June 2008
Contributed prose, poetry, satirical pieces and artwork to this publication; edited and laid out the final product.

Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA
Summer Intern, July to August 2007
Edited five chapters of book for Porter Institute for Valvular Heart Disease on heart valve disease for the layperson.

Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia, PA
Intern Features Writer, May 2008
Had two byline articles covering the 12th annual Derek Freese Film Festival and the 2nd annual Free Library of Philadelphia Book Festival
Wrote “Weekend Picks” and “Eats Beat” calendar pieces

34th Street Magazine, Philadelphia, PA
Staff Writer, September 2008 to May 2012
Videographer, April 2012
Wrote album, concert and film reviews, as well as other feature pieces for the arts and culture section of The Daily Pennsylvanian.
Filmed additional feature pieces for publication on 34st.com

Philadelphia City Paper, Philadelphia, PA
Arts & Entertainment Contributor, September 2012 to present
Wrote film & music reviews, updated social media accounts and shot photos/video installments for Philadelphia’s leading independent weekly newspaper.


PIFVA: Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association, Philadelphia, PA
Outreach Intern, Photographer July 2011 to September 2011
Promote events to bolster the presence of the film industry in Philadelphia. Headed advertisement (designed/circulated fliers, wrote program inserts etc.) for PIFVA events, including the Philadelphia premiere of Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles (winner of Best Documentary Director at the Sundance Film Festival.)
Photographed all events for the PIFVA website.

Philadelphia Film Society, Philadelphia, PA
Volunteer for the Philadelphia Film Festival, October 2011 to November 2011
Usher and Greeter at Film Festival events. Handled customer service concerns.

Young Involved Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Videographer, July 2011
Filmed brief interviews of YIP event attendees regarding life in the City of Brotherly Love. Also filmed concert footage of the events’ musical acts to be included in the YIP final documentaries

Mangrove Media, Philadelphia, PA
Social Media Intern, September 2011 to November 2011
Worked personally with award-winning director/producer Ben Kalina in support of his documentary feature Shored Up. Handled outreach for the film’s Kickstarter campaign.

Wandering Hat Productions, Washington D.C.
Camera Operator, March 2012
Operated camera for live music shoot as part of the production company’s “Sweetlife” series, sponsored by Sweetgreen.

Dignified Gifts, Philadelphia, PA
Advertising Director, January 2012 to April 2012
Produced, directed, shot and edited promotional music video for company subdivision, Flockyourfriends.com
Operated camera for the documentary following the company’s “flocking” of New York City on April 1st, 2012.

DIVE: Visual Effects, Philadelphia, PA

Intern, January 2012 to April 2012

Organized media clips for visual effects work on major name motion picture and television projects, (e.g. The River and Chernobyl Diaries (2012)). Transferred footage from tape to digital format for editing. Edited demo reels to showcase DIVE’s work to clients.

Van Pelt Library – University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Current Periodicals and Microform, January 2010 to June 2012
Train patrons to work film-reading equipment (microfilm, microfiche)
Maintain organization of up to 4,000 newspapers, academic journals and other periodicals in over a dozen separate languages

Penn Nursing Science – University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Videographer, October 2011 to June 2012
Filmed lectures for the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Edited the footage for publication on the University website.

Whistleblower Productions, Atlanta, GA
Camera Operator, June 2012
Operated B-Roll camera for Philadelphia segment of Lawless America: The Movie.

3Major Media, New York, NY
Producer/Director/Editor, August 2012 to September 2012
Produced, directed, shot and edited Damon Hamilton’s parody music video of Psy’s “Gangnam Style.”

Patacon Productions, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Camera Operator, September 2012
Operated camera for Philadelphia FLASH MOB AMERICA event.

The Rotunda, Philadelphia, PA
Light Board Operator, August 2012 to September 2012
Videographer, September 2012 to present
Operated stage lighting for the venue’s production of Fantasy Weavers’ “Sephro: The Vengeance.”
Shot/edited live events such as the Drexel Players’ “MONUMENT”

Hill Foundation, Chicago, IL
Production Assistant, September 2012
Worked on set for series of interviews published on Facingdisability.com

Philadelphia City Paper, Philadelphia, PA
Videographer, October 2012 to present
Organized, produced, shot and edited feature video installments for the website of Philadelphia’s leading independent weekly newspaper.

The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, Philadelphia, PA
Director/Producer/Editor, October 2012 to November 2012
Directed, produced, shot and edited promotional short film for the Welcoming Center, highlighting the various diverse experiences of new arrivals to the country.

Best Treatment Productions, New York, NY
Digital Tech, November 2012
Imported, managed and organized select shots from Bloomberg Law’s multi-day brochure shoot in Philadelphia. Printed out selects picked by the Art Director.

KeyLight Film & Video Productions, Montgomeryville, PA
Producer, Director, Editor, May 2012 to present
Producer, Second Unit Director and Editor on Road Show television pilot for BBC America.
Edited sizzle trailer for the production company’s latest anticipated feature, The Last Summer.

Shooters, INC., Philadelphia, PA
Production Assistant, June 2012 to present
Production assistant on commercial shoots.

WHYY: NewsWorks, Philadelphia, PA
Videographer & editor, December 2012 to present
Freelance video journalist for online news service powered by WHYY, Philadelphia’s PBS member station.

Lafayette Hill Studios, Plymouth-Whitemarsh, PA
Videographer, Editor, Photographer Assistant, December 2012 to present
Shot, edited corporate videos; Assisted photographers at live event shoots.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Video Research, January 2013 to present
Manage data-collection and editing for multi-camera video-based study under Dr. Christopher Bonafide.
Edited all data with Final Cut X.
Maintain organization of all study footage and equipment.
Co-authored research article on feasibility of video methods in assessing alarm fatigue, to be published in Biomedical Instrumentation and Technology in early 2014.

BoatHouse Pictures, Philadelphia, PA
Camera Operator, Editor, Videographer, February 2013 to present
Operate camera on various BoatHouse projects, ranging from event videography to narrative cinema. Wrote, produced, shot and edited promotional fund-raising trailer for company’s anticipated feature film, Roadwork Ahead.

Live Nation Inc., Philadelphia, PA
Editor, Videographer & Photographer, February 2013 to present
Edited clips for promoted events. Shoot video for TLA concerts, Live Nation festivals.

Free People, Philadelphia, PA
Videographer, July 2013 to present
Produce video content for Free People website, blog and social media accounts.


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
September 2008 – May 2012
B.A. English: Cinema Studies
Minor: Psychology
Staff Writer and Videographer for 34th Street Magazine of The Daily Pennsylvanian
Staff Photographer for The Daily Pennsylvanian
Co-Chair of the Sermo Humanita Philosophical Society

New York Film Academy, New York, NY
Six Week Film and Digital course – Summer 2011
Wrote, directed, produced, shot and edited three short films, and served as the director of photography, cameraman, assistant camera operator and/or gaffer on nine other shorts
Acquired experience with 16 mm Arriflex cameras, Canon EOS 7D, Panasonic AG-DVX100 and FinalCut Pro

Chestnut Hill Academy, Philadelphia, PA
September 1994 – June 2008
Honors: Honor Roll for 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades, University of Virginia Alumni Award, Richardson Dilworth Lees Merit Scholarship (4-Year high school merit scholarship)
Extracurriculars: Practical Philosophy (founder), The Campus Lantern newspaper (editor), The Wissahickon literary magazine (editor), Gay-Straight Alliance, Writing Fellows

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Young Writers Alumni – Summer 2007

Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
Life Drawing I (Summer 2004), Drawing II (Fall 2004), Illustration (Spring 2005),
Pop Art Painting (Summer 2005), Painting I (Fall 2005),
Figurative Sculpture (Spring 2006), Portfolio Preparation (Summer 2006),
Painting Studio (Fall 2006), Pop Art Painting (Spring 2007)
Silkscreen Printing (Summer 2007), Life Drawing Studio (Fall 2007),
Painting Studio (Spring 2008)
Throughout my high school years, I was awarded twelve merit scholarships to attend classes at Moore College of Art and Design by both Moore College and the Art Department of Chestnut Hill Academy.


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