Competition: US & Canada
Kathryn Ramey is a filmmaker and anthropologist whose work operates at the intersection of experimental film processes and ethnographic research. Her award winning and strongly personal films are characterized by manipulation of the celluloid including hand-processing, optical printing, and various direct animation techniques. Most recently she has been focused on creating an anti-colonial film practice with collaborators in Puerto Rico and researching environmentally friendly photochemical processes utilizing indigenous flora. She is deeply committed to sharing her knowledge of alternative analogue technologies through workshops and publications. Ramey has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including, Creative Capital, the Social Science Research Council on the Arts fellowship, the LEF New England moving Image Grant, Yaddo Artist Colony, the Marble House Residency and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship and has screened her films and installations at multiple venues including the Toronto Film Festival, the TriBeCa film festival, 25fps, Ji’hlava, Antimatter, Ann Arbor, Alchemy and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC. Her book Experimental Filmmaking: BREAK THE MACHINE (Focal Press 2016) is a thinly veiled ethnography on the contemporary experimental film scene masquerading as a textbook in the freehand voice of a zine.