Paine served as Executive Producer on the documentaries Faster, William Gibson: No Maps for these Territories and Charge! directed by Mark Neale. Other directing and producing projects include MTV/Initial Film's Buzz (1990) and shorts including Mailman (Sundance, 1995), Trillion Cubic Feet (1992), Looking Back (1994), and Return to the Philippines (1986). Paine assisted writer/director Michael Tolkin on the feature films The Player and The New Age. He was a segment producer for Zoo Life with Jack Hanna.
In the wake of the Gulf oil disaster in 2010, he co-founded Counterspill an online project about non-renewable energy disasters. He serves on the board of directors for Friends of the Earth, the Coalition for Clean Air, and the Black Rock Arts Foundation.
Paine studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse, with classmates Dylan McDermott, Allison Janney and screenwriter Steve Rogers. He studied film at New York University and Stanford University with the documentarian John Else. He graduated from Colgate University in 1983. He is on a list of Distinguished alumni.
In 1984, Paine co-founded Mondo-tronics, which provided robotic materials for the Mars Pathfinder mission, specifically Aiding in dust removal. His firm Internet Outfitters (founded in 1994) merged in 1999 with AppNet Systems, which in turn was bought by Commerce One in 2000.
- "Bikes vs Cars" (2015)
- "Charge!" (2011)
- Faster (2003)
- No Maps for These Territories (2001)
- The New Age (1994) (assistant to writer/director Michael Tolkin)
- The Player (1992) (assistant to Michael Tolkin)
- Needles, Tim. "Director Chris Paine on his Film Who Killed The Electric Car". Short and Sweet NYC. Retrieved 23 January 2012.