Deputy Chair, Media Studies
Office: Hunter North 508
Kelly Anderson is an award-winning independent producer and director of documentary and narrative films/videos. Her most recent production is EVERY MOTHER’S SON, a documentary for ITVS about mothers whose children have been killed by police officers and who have become national spokespeople on the issue of police brutality, which she produced and directed (with Tami Gold) and edited. EVERY MOTHER’S SON premiered at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival, where it competed against 240 films for the prestigious Audience Award and won. The documentary had its broadcast premiere on PBS’s P.O.V. series, and received an Emmy Nomination for “Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Direction.” In early 2004, Kelly produced, directed and edited OVERCOMING THE ODDS, a short documentary about the groundbreaking Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which will set global standards on the promotion and marketing of tobacco. OVERCOMING THE ODDS premiered at the World Social Forum, a gathering 75,000 people in Mumbai, India, and has more than 2,500 copies in distribution as part of a successful international campaign to ratify the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the first global public health treaty.
This film is a follow-up to MAKING A KILLING, a half-hour documentary she produced and directed (with Tami Gold) and edited that addresses the marketing practices of the tobacco industry in the developing world. MAKING A KILLING won a Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, was screen for delegates at the World Health Organization and has been aired on television in Nigeria, Serbia, Lagos and Vietnam. In 2000, Kelly completed SHIFT, a one-hour drama for ITVS about the volatile relationship between a North Carolina waitress and a telemarketing prison inmate, which premiered in January, 2000 at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and aired on PBS stations across the United States. Kelly’s past documentaries include OUT AT WORK (with Tami Gold), which was screened at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast on the HBO series America Undercover. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Film Institute (NEA), and the New York State Council on the Arts and has received production grants from ITVS and the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media. She is currently working on NEVER ENOUGH, a documentary about clutterers, collectors, hoarders and Americans’ relationship with