Kris Koenig


Kris Koenig is an American film producer, screenwriter, director and cinematographer known for his roles in the documentaries; 400 Years of the Telescope and Astronomy: Observations and Theories.[1][2]

Kris Koenig
NationalityUnited States
Alma materGilroy High School, Gavilan College,
OccupationFilm Producer, Screenwriter, Director and Cinematographer
Known forProducer, Writer and Director of 400 Years of the Telescopeand Astronomy: Observations and Theories.

Early life and educationEdit

Kris Koenig was born in 1962 to Ramon Lee and Inez Koenig. The Father was an Air Force fighter pilot and the family moved around a lot until Kris was in Middle School. Kris graduated from Gilroy High School in 1980. He attended Gavilan College.


Kris Koenig joined the US Coast Guard where he was trained in navigation and visual signaling to serve as a Quartermaster. He attended the US Navy Dive school in Pearl Harbor and earned the rating of SCUBA diver. He later left the US Coast Guard 1985.[3]

Koenig was licensed as a Master of Near Coastal Water (100 ton limit) and PADI Master SCUBA Instructor. He worked as a dive instructor and boat captain at Peter Hughes Dive Bonaire from 1987 -1989. He also worked for Skin Diver Magazine, Petersen Publishing, from 1989 – 1994.

In 2003, Koenig was hired by his future partner Anita Ingrao to work as a consultant on the PBS telecourse Astronomy: Observations and Theories (20 x :30). His role grew to become one of the project producers and writer.[4]

Kris currently produces films under his company Koenig Films, Inc.[5][6]

Awards and honorsEdit

Kris Koenig was awarded two Los Angeles Area Emmys in 2006, one for "Non-news Writing" and one for "Instructional Programming".[7]

In 2017, Kris was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters from the New England College of Optometry and was the keynote speaker for the 2017 Commencement.[8][9]

Kris has received numerous Telly Awards for his works.[10][11]


Kris Koenig has a catalogue of films and documentaries he produced, wrote and directed. The table below chronicles some of the films and documentaries in his filmography.

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Astronomy: Observations and Theories Producer, Writer, co-cinematographer TV Mini-Series documentary (19 Episodes)
2009 400 Years of the Telescope Producer, Writer, Director Documentary
2009 Two Small Pieces of Glass Producer, Writer, Director Short
2013 Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire Producer, Writer, Director Documentary
2016 Sight: The Story of Vision Producer, Writer, Director Documentary

Personal lifeEdit

Despite the tragic loss of his partner, Anita Ingrao in 2014 due to stage four breast cancer, Kris pushed through the loss to finish Anita’s last film "SIGHT: The Story of Vision".[4] Kris has four adult children and recently married his wife Marianne.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ ANITA, GATES (11 July 2013). "In Defense of Self-Defense". Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  2. ^ Hollie, McKay (23 May 2013). "Documentary exploring history of Second Amendment features Ted Nugent, Ice-T Hollie McKay". Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  3. ^ NICK, LEGHORN (28 May 2013). "Interview with Kris Koenig, Director of "Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire"". Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Chico loses star gazer, film producer Anita Ingrao". Chico Enterprise-Record. 13 November 2014.
  5. ^ Frank, Scheck (7 December 2013). "Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire: Film Review". Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  6. ^ Mark, Jenkins (21 June 2013). "'Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire' movie review". Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  8. ^ "NECO Celebrates Class of 2017 at 123rd Commencement". Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  9. ^ "NECO Announces 2017 Commencement Keynote Speaker, Award Recipients". Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  10. ^ Liz, Hillman. "Award-winning documentary film draws attention to SIGHT". Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  11. ^ "New Pro-Gun Documentary Launches Kickstarter Campaign". Retrieved 15 February 2018.

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