Chris Bashinelli

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Chris Bashinelli
Chris Bashinelli speaking at the UN.jpg
Bashinelli speaking at the UN in 2011
Born Christopher Stephen Peter Bashinelli
November 10, 1986 (1986-11-10) (age 28)
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Nationality American
Occupation Host, Producer, Actor, Social Entrepreneur

Christopher Stephen Peter Bashinelli was born November 10, 1986 in Brooklyn, New York. He is an actor and is currently the host, founder and executive producer of Bridge the Gap TV.[1] He is best known as one of the youngest people to moderate an event in the United Nations General Assembly Hall with the UN Secretary General.[2]


Chris Bashinelli was born on November 10, 1986 to Stephen and Florence Bashinelli, who are, respectively, of Italian and Lebanese descent. Chris was raised in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York and attended Xaverian High School. He attended Marymount Manhattan College and graduated cum laude with a BA in Theatre Arts.[1]

Bridge the Gap TV[edit]

Bashinelli is the Founder and Executive Producer of Bridge the Gap TV, a socially conscious production company. He is also host of the company’s flagship series, Bridge the Gap with Chris Bashinelli. The show features Bashinelli traveling to developing regions, working and living side by side with its locals.[3] The Bridge the Gap TV team includes former United Nations Ambassador Augustine Mahiga, Emmy Award-Winning filmmaker Lisa Russell, and Producer Adam Yamaguchi.[4] Bridge the Gap TV has partnered with and created exposure for Jane Goodall Institute Roots and Shoots,[5] Do Something,[6] and Global Exchange.[7]

As a part of Bridge the Gap TV, Bashinelli has interviewed figures including Paleontologist Richard Leakey, former NBA player and Humanitarian Dikembe Mutombo, and the Founders of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield.

Bridge the Gap TV Series[edit]

Bridge the Gap to Uganda
A four part series produced in partnership with Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream where Bashinelli travels to Uganda to explore the benefits of fair trade vanilla for local farmers. The program has aired on public television.[8]

Bridge the Gap to Pine Ridge
A one hour special that premieres on National PBS television in 2012. The special takes place on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Bashinelli takes part in a buffalo harvest, visits a local school, and works with locals.[8] [9]

Other Work[edit]

Currently, in addition to Bridge the Gap, Bashinelli has made multiple appearances at the United Nations both speaking and hosting events including the 2011 International Day of Peace Youth Observance[10] and the United Nations Global Launch of the International Year of Youth.[11] Bashinelli has also spoken in Brazil, Azerbaijan, Abu Dhabi, and Qatar.[3] On February 25, 2012 Bashinelli delivered the keynote at a TED event at Wake Forest University.[12]


Year Film Role Notes
2006 Break the Addiction: An Inconvenient Truth Himself TV Documentary
2006 Knock, Knock Tommy Movie
2007 How to Grow a Fig Tree Michael Short Movie
2007 The Sopranos Kevin Episode: "Kennedy and Heidi"
2009 Last Day of Summer Skateboarder Movie
2009 All Screwed Up Dan Movie
2009 Take Off Ernie Short Movie
2009 Bridge the Gap: Tanzania (Pilot) Himself Executive Producer, TV Documentary
2011 Bridge the Gap to Uganda Himself Executive Producer, TV Documentary
2012 Bridge the Gap to Pine Ridge Himself Executive Producer, TV Documentary