Kelly Anderson's most recent films are UNSTUCK: An OCD Kids Movie and My Brooklyn, a documentary about gentrification and the redevelopment of Downtown Brooklyn. My Brooklyn premiered at the Brooklyn Film Festival, where it won an Audience Award, and was broadcast on the PBS World series America ReFramed. Her other work includes Never Enough, a documentary about clutter, collecting and Americans’ relationships with their stuff, which won an award for Artistic Excellence at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. She also made Every Mother’s Son (with Tami Gold), a documentary about mothers whose children were killed by police officers and who have become national spokespeople for police reform. Every Mother’s Son won the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, aired on POV, and was nominated for a national Emmy for Directing. In 2000, Kelly completed SHIFT, a drama for ITVS about the volatile relationship between a North Carolina waitress and a telemarketing prison inmate, which premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and aired on PBS stations. Kelly's other documentaries include Out At Work (with Tami Gold), which screened at the Sundance Film Festival, was broadcast on HBO and won a GLAAD Award for Best Documentary. She is the author (with Martin Lucas) of Documentary Voice & Vision: a creative approach to non-fiction media production (Focal Press, 2016). A recipient of the George C. Stoney Award for Outstanding Documentary from the University Film and Video Association (2017), Kelly has received funding from entities including ITVS, The Rockefeller Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts. She has mentored emerging filmmakers through the ITVS Diversity Development Fund and Downtown Community TV. Kelly is a Professor of Media Studies at Hunter College in New York City, where she teaches undergraduates and in the Integrated Media Arts MFA program.
Films by Kelly Anderson
Six kids with OCD share how they learned to face their fears, stop their rituals and regain control of their lives.
NEVER ENOUGH is a meditation on materialism, consumerism, mental illness and the social fabric of our lives.
In 1992 Cheryl Summerville, a cook at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Georgia, received a termination paper stating she was fired for "failing to demonstrate normal heterosexual values." She was shocked to discover that in more than 40 states it was legal to fire workers for their sexual orientation. OUT AT WORK chronicles the stories of three workers who seek workplace safety, job security and benefits for gay and lesbian workers. Also on this DVD: OUT AT WORK: America Undercover, an HBO special featuring the shocking story of a stock trader's harassment at Cantor Fitzgerald. Both versions of this classic documentary include 2009 updates.
Iris Baez, a Puerto Rican from the Bronx, never meant to become an activist. Kadiatou Diallo never meant to leave her home in Africa and move to the U.S., to fight for justice for her son. Doris Busch Boskey, a Jewish woman from the suburbs, never thought she'd become a spokesperson against police brutality. This film profiles three women from very different walks of life who find themselves united to seek justice after their sons are unjustly killed by police. Their stories are tragic, but their courage is transformative.
My Brooklyn follows director Kelly Anderson's journey, as a Brooklyn gentrifier, to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood.