3-9 April 2016

MFA Alumna Kelly Sears (2016 Festival Juror and Visiting Artist) Feature on:
Wednesday, April 6th // 7PM

The Athens International Film and Video Festival was founded in 1974, and since then has presented independent films from around the world. The Festival is sponsored by the Athens Center for Film and Video, a project of the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University.

The Athena Cinema, Athens, Ohio

Kelly Sears Biography

Kelly Sears is an experimental animator that cuts up and collages imagery from American culture and politics to intervene with the history embedded in the frame. Working with appropriated images ranging from thrift store cast-offs to archival material, she uses animation to rebuild American histories that shift between the official and the uncanny while exploring contemporary narratives of power, such as manifest destiny, occupation and surveillance.

Her work has screened at film festivals such as Sundance, South by Southwest, American Film Institute, Los Angeles Film Festival, Ann Arbor, Black Maria and museums and galleries such as The Hammer Museum, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Wexner.

She has been awarded residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The Museum of Fine Art, Houston’s Core Program and the Galveston Artist Residency. She currently is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado – Boulder, teaching filmmaking and animation.

Works to be screened:

This animated program contains films that exist between fiction & documentary and the official & uncanny.

A tone halfway between lightness and darkness
2015, 7.5 min

A lyrical investigation of a spirit photographer and his ability
to channel the deceased. In middle gray.

The Drift
2007, 8.5 min

A mysterious disappearance on a late 1960s space journey
entrances the nation as we reexamine the desires of frontierism.

Cover me, Alpha
2011, 2.5 min

Names of maneuvers and procedures from a military yearbook re-caption the activities of soldiers in battle.

Voice on the Line
2009, 6:45

A covert telecommunications operation veers off course as we reimagine how technology can be used to shape our fears and desires.

tropical 11
2012, 2:45

Images from recent hurricanes and the 1931 Miss Universe Contest are collaged into an animated séance that channels Galveston’s haunted history.

The Rancher
2012, 7:00

A series of terrible dreams unhinges a man in power.

In The Vicinity
2016, 9:20

Expanding observational horizons and intelligence potentials.

The Body Besieged
2009, 4:30

An exploration of the darker side of wellness and getting physical.

Pattern for Survival
2015, 6:55


Mailing Address:
Athens Int’l Film and Video Festival
P.O. Box 388, Athens, Ohio 45701
Phone: 740.593.1330
athensohiofilmfest [at] gmail [dot] com

Related Link:

Kelly Sears is an UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts MFA Alumna. For more about her work, please visit:

Image Credit:
Kelly Sears, 2016.
Photo is courtesy of Filmmaker Kelly Sears and the Athens International Film and Video Festival, Ohio.

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