Alumni Spotlight: Kelly Gallagher

Friday, November 30, 2018 - 9:30am
words from a bear still 1 - gallagher animation - ribcage

UI MFA Alumna Kelly Gallagher is headed to the Sundance Film Festival next January with the documentary film Words From a Bear, directed by Jeffrey Palmer (another UI MFA alum). Gallagher created the animation for this film, which has been featured already by the Sundance Film Festival in their announcement of the 2019 Documentary Premieres (second image).

words from a bear film still, traditional paper cut-out silhouette animation

Gallagher’s latest short animated documentary, MY GOSSIP, which explores the importance of women’s close friendships, has recently received the highest honor from the Black Maria Film Festival—the Jury’s Stellar Award. This incredible touring film festival of international short films will kick off at Princeton University this February. Details of the film's world festival premiere to come. Another brand new short found footage essay film of mine, Slower, premiered in Lima, Peru a few weeks ago at MUTA Festival Internacional de Apropiación Audiovisual, where it had been commissioned by festival directors for a special program of films by international essay filmmakers. 

This is all coming off the heels of a busy and productive year for Gallagher, during which she had a solo retrospective screening at The Wexner in Columbus, OH, was in conversation with Miranda July at the Fotofocus Biennial in Cincinnati, discussing the importance of feminist film collectives and her project Joanie 4 Jackie, and had her films screen at both The Smithsonian and The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Next year, along with Sundance, Gallagher will be the Keynote Speaker at the University of Kansas' Film & Media Studies Graduate Student Symposium in February, running an "Animating Non-Fiction" workshop for adults at Union Docs in Brooklyn, NY, in March, and later that month will also be running a week long Spring Break Film & Animation camp for girls and genderqueer youth in Iowa City (at FilmScene).

We are also excited to congratulate Kelly on beginning a new job this fall as Assistant Professor of Film at Syracuse University!


featured images from Words of a Bear, provided by Kelly Gallagher