ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Chris Schueler used to want to be on TV.
He’s since discovered he’s so much happier producing it.
The onetime Albuquerque TV newsman is now a globe-trotting documentarian who has trained his cameras and storytelling eye on an eclectic range of topics. From his early work using film to teach dairy farmers in India proper milking hygiene to a 2014 production designed to educate teens and parents about safety in a cyber world, Schueler says he’s found his calling.
“I’m a distiller,” he says at his home/office in Albuquerque’s far Northeast Heights, where he’s surrounded by artifacts from a well-traveled life. “I just take the information and try to distill it into a form that’s going to be not only palatable but engaging and that’s going to grab people’s hearts and help them understand an issue in a way that’s going to change them and their community for the better.”
The path to what he calls “the best job in the world” started in the small Ohio steel town of Middletown. That’s where a young Schueler got hooked on theater. He followed his acting dreams to college in California and later landed a directing job with the world-traveling production, Up With People.