Christopher Cutri graduated from Brigham Young University in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in humanities and a minor in film. Upon graduation he was accepted to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. There he received an MFA in film directing.
In 2004 Cutri directed a 1940s-style commercial "Going to Utah." The same year he was honored at the Sundance Film Festival for the show In the Can.
Cutri has been part of several film production companies to direct commercials. His academic focus is on creative conception for advertising and the production of television commercials. He is an associate professor in the Department of Communications at BYU where he teaches advertising.
He has continued to be active in the film world. A surfing documentary directed by Cutri titled Hanging Five was screened in the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU during Fall 2009. The following year, Chris received a Broadcast Education Association Award of Excellence for Gerardo - Tried to Quit.
Under his direction, his students used the idea of a human-tetris game to create a Wendy's commercial. Their "cow-tetris" ad won a Gold ADDY in 2011. The next year he created Pinata, Utah Cancer Action Network Commercial for the Utah Cancer Action Network.
Cutri's TV production class of Winter 2013 received the Addy Judges Choice Award at the Arizona Biltmore for their production of a Phillips TV spot. Student contributors included Dallin Cerva, Michelle Brodrick, Brianne Hepworth and Kasey Ahlstrom.
Not only is Cutri interested in film and communications, but also in other forms of art. In 2013 he headed a project in which Mass Communications and Visual Arts students created an exhibit to promote awareness of prescription drug overdose.
In October 2014, he appeared in the BYU Museum of Art's Take 5 Faculty Panel to address topics related to the museum's exhibition CUT! Costume and the Cinema.
- YNews - Brilliant Class Project turns into Advertising Gold (14 June 2013)
- The Universe - Local art exhibit brings awareness to prescription drug abuse (10 April 2013)
- BYU Magazine - College Buzz (Fall 2011)
- The Universe - Documentary film on surfing and art is to be shown in the HBLL (10 September 2009)