Chris Bashinelli is an Actor/Activist from Brooklyn, New York, whose TV career spans MTV to The Sopranos. He has traveled from Tanzania to Thailand hosting the internationally recognized TV Series Bridge the Gap TV with Chris Bashinelli (broadcast into 45M homes in 80 markets).
He’s a celebrated Emcee and Guest Speaker for the United Nations, at Jane Goodall’s National Leadership Retreat, and at events in Qatar, Rio de Janeiro, and Abu Dhabi.
After years of reading headlines about world hunger, human suffering and extreme poverty, Chris traveled to Tanzania with a Sony handy cam and came home with a new found meaning for life.
He returned to New York to face tragedy and within two years would bury his father due to cancer. These turbulent times forced Chris to find meaning, and he did so in Bridge the Gap.
He now travels to impoverished areas worldwide to find out first-hand how the other half of the world lives. Chris is the producer and host of Bridge the Gap, an internationally recognized travel series that fosters intercultural dialogue by highlighting stories of every day life from around the world.
Chris is the founder of the socially-conscious production company, Bridge the Gap TV. He has interviewed everyone from Ben and Jerry to NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo, and has formed partnerships with the world’s leading non-profit organizations, including the Jane Goodall Institute and Do Something.
Chris’ experience is in the world of film, with credits ranging from The Sopranos (HBO), to An Inconvenient Truth Special on MTV. He holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts (Cum Laude) from Marymount Manhattan College. He is an Eagle Scout and a United Nations Guest Speaker. He has spoken at international youth conferences and Emceed in the UN General Assembly Hall with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Chris is determined beyond measure to produce wide-reaching, socially conscious media.
- GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP - From Brooklyn to the World - A Guide to Unleashing your Potential & Contributing to Humanity
- RULES OF THE “STOOP”- The 3 Simple Steps for Connecting with the “Other”
- INNER NOMAD - The Key to Unlocking Your Soul’s Compass
- IGNORE THE NOISE - Life Lessons for Ignoring the “Noise” and Discovering your Passion (University Keynote about a person's "path")
- Are you a Global Citizen? (themes of service, productivity and cultural understanding)
- HOW TO BRIDGE THE GAP: (Corporate Leadership): How to harness your unique gifts to serve others
Celebrity, Entertainment, Media, Youth
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"Chris has a one of a kind entrepreneurial spirit coupled with an overwhelming desire to be a positive influence for his generation." - Former COO for Miracle Corners of the World
"Praise for Chris 'Bridge the Gap' is a great idea and it’s need has never been greater." - UN Ambassador
"Chris’s project is exciting and helpful to the people of our world" - Mbikusita-Lewanika (Zambia)
"Chris is beyond inspirational. Before, I thought 'I'm just one person, what can I do?' But now I feel I can really make a difference."- Student at Qatar Canadian School
"Chris is a trailblazer in that he is able to entertain and educate simultaneously."- Colony Magazine
"Chris has a one of a kind entrepreneurial spirit coupled with an overwhelming desire to be a positive influence for his generation." - Miracle Corners of the World