A professional photographer by trade, Christopher Villafuerte, is a co-producer of, And Then I Woke Up, and the closest childhood friend of the film’s director, Chris Aran. In fact, the alternatingly wacky and poignant synergy of Chris and Chris has been the inspiration, or perhaps to blame, for much their creative output, both individually and in collaboration as they have (im)matured over the years.
It was also the germination for And Then I Woke Up when its ideas materialized as Chris [Aran] looked at a photo Chris [Villafuerte] had taken.
Another spark of collaborative inspiration between the two creates both irony and entertainment in not including an extensive bio for Chris here.
Suffice it to say cursorily that he has enjoyed a successful photography career traveling throughout the world for a multitude of fashion and travel campaigns including work for J. Crew, Banana Republic and Victoria’s Secret. And his extensive expertise in photo has been seamlessly transitioned over into film and television with some of his credits on his IMDB Internet Movie Database pages at www.imdb.com/name/nm5725389/ and www.imdb.com/name/nm6008105/
The irony though is that Chris has rejected the idea of a bio in the past in favor of an impressionistic short story written by none other than the other Chris excerpted here in deference to that preference:
The cold is coming and the Bears begin to hibernate. Save one with a desire to know more. To understand what happens to the world while his kind shuts down their minds. He’s a scruffy Bear with tufts of fur sticking to his body and patches of fur missing from mentally scrapping with his peers. With his kind hidden deep in the earth, the Bear wanders the frozen wood in search of food. Most of the smaller creatures that populate the woods have left. The skies are clear and the bushes have little left to offer. The woods transform every winter, yet while the bears sleep they know nothing. This Bear, he sees it all for the first time …