Born in Appalachian Virginia, D. Christian Hagerman is an award winning visual artist and director of over 30 short films. He was nominated as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, is a Marie Walsh Sharpe Scholar and graduated from the Cooper Union in New York City. In 2015, he was awarded a Schöppingen Künstledorf Artist Fellowship. His artwork has shown in New York, California, Maryland, Florida, Virginia, Greece and was featured on Creative Capital’s “On Our Radar” program, while his videos have aired on MTV2, VH1 and MuchMusic. He made films in Prague for a year before returning to New York where he directed music videos, then “Imbalance” (2011) and “Were You There” (2011) – two experimental 16mm documentaries on West Virginian strip mining. In 2011 he was hired by Apple Inc.’s video team with whom he worked for three years while writing and making art independently. After leaving Apple to return to the art world, his recent work examines themes of the displacement of socially disenfranchised communities in the face of modern urban conditions and technology. He directed “Out of Place” (2016) – a 1960s dramatic short film at a historic San Francisco hotel. He recently completed "Escape Notice" (2017), a dialogue-packed film on existence made entirely in one shot. He currently works and lives in Los Angeles.