Education

Master of Fine Arts, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 2005
Bachelor of Arts, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, 2000

Selected Screenings and Exhibitions

2016
Films of Kelly Sears, Anthology Film Archives, NY, NY
Experimental Animation, Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA
Haverhill Experimental Film Festival, Haverhill (solo program)
Sundance Film Animated Shorts, Hong Kong
Oak Cliff Film Festival, Dallas, TX
Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, IL
Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle, WA
Maryland Film Festival, Baltimore, MD
Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Milwaukee, WI
Athens International Film and Video Festival, Athens, OH (solo program)
Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque, NM
Crossroads Film Festival, SF, CA
Archive Fever Dream, Aurora Picture Show, Houston, TX (solo program)
Unexposed Microcinema, Durham, NC
No New York, Unexposed Cinema, Durham, NC
Parallel Universes, San Francisco State University, SF, CA (solo program)
No LA, Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, CA
Cellular Cinema: Film from the Front Range, Minneapolis, MN
11th Annual Focus on Female Directors, Egyptian Theater, Los Angeles, CA

2015
Island Time, Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, TX
Now! Cinema Screening, Interference Archive, Brooklyn, NY
New Experimental Work, Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA
Instructions for Living in Bodies, University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, CA
Cinema on the Verge, CineSpace Art Exhibition, Cinema Arts Festival/She Works Flexible, Houston, TX
American Film Institute Festival, Los Angeles, CA
Denver Film Festival, Denver, CO
Space Race, International Film Series, University of Colorado - Boulder, CO
Dallas VideoFest, Dallas, TX
Denver ≥ Denver, The Dikeou Collection, Denver, CO
Something Is Wrong with These Pictures: Films by Kelly Sears, San Francisco Cinematheque, SF
No New York, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Oak Cliff Film Festival, Dallas, TX
Denver ≥ Denver, Casa Maauad, Mexico City, MX
RADAR: Exchanges In Dance Film Frequencies, New Orleans, Detroit, Minneapolis
Maryland Film Festival, Baltimore, MD
San Francisco International Film Festival, SF
Stereo-Scopophila, Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA
Films of Kelly Sears, Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA
Films of Kelly Sears, Northwest Film Center, Portland OR
Denver ≥ Denver, Regional Support Network, Toronto, CA
The Animated Archive, Films of Kelly Sears, The Nightingale, Chicago, IL
Failure: Films of Kelly Sears, Mothlight, Detroit, MI
Films of Kelly Sears, Film Scene, Iowa City, IA
Films of Kelly Sears, MicroLights, Milwaukee, WI

2014
Sundance Film Festival National Animation Tour
EXcinema, Grand Illusion, Seattle, WA
First Person Cinema, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (*solo screening)
Odds and Ends Screenings Series, Portland, OR
High Concept Laboratory, Chicago, IL
Burning Bungalows: Experimental Film and Animation from L.A., US & MX tour
San Francisco International Film Festival
Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI
Festival of (In)Appropriation, Los Angeles, CA

2013
American Film Institute Festival, Los Angeles, CA
International Short Film Festival Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
Space Race, Empire Drive-In, NY,NY
Expanded Cinema II: MultpliCity, Dallas Video Fest, Dallas, TX
DallasSITES: Available Space, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Fits & Starts, Torrance Museum of Art, Torrance, CA
L’esprit de l’escalier, Diverseworks, Houston, TX
Heroines of Handcrafted Cinema, The BeBe Theater, Asheville, NC
Marfa Film Festival, Marfa, TX
Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, Winnipeg, Canada
Oakcliff Film Festival, Dallas, TX
EFF Portland, Portland, OR
Avant to Live, Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA
Campus, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA
Maryland Film Festival, Baltimore, MD
CineMarfa, Marfa, TX
Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Milwaukee, WI
Kelly Sears - Short Films, Bennington College, Bennington, VT (*solo screening)
Independent Film Festival, Boston, Boston, MA
Animated Experientia, London, England
The Day of Speculative Motion, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA (*solo screening)
Crossroads Festival, San Francisco, CA
FILM IS JUST DOTS, ALL DOTS, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Kelly Sears - Short Films, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA(*solo screening)
The International Exhibition of Animated Cinema of Catalonia, Lleida, Spain
The Friendship State, Austin Film Society, Austin, TX
Flex Fest, Gainesville, FL
Strange Beauty, Durham, NC
Exquisite Collage, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

2012
Geneva International Film Festival, Geneva, Switzerland
The Friendship State, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Indie Memphis, Memphis, TN
Little Histories: Films of Kelly Sears, River Gallery, Chelsea, MI (*solo screening)
Dallas VideoFest, Dallas TX
Sidewalk Film Festival, Birmingham, AL, August
Movies with a View, BAMcinematek, Brooklyn, NY
Cut and Paste, Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY
Galveston Artist Residency Exhibition, GAR/GAC, Galveston, TX
CAPTCHA, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD
Revelation Perth International Film Festival, Perth, Australia
Cineplex, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX
Texas Filmmaker's Showcase, Director's Guild of America, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA
Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, IL
Kelly Sears, Experimental Response Cinema, Austin, TX (*solo screening)
New Skin for the Old Ceremony, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Milwaukee, WI
Independent Film Festival Boston, Boston, MA
Witness to Wind and War, Contraband Cinema, Atlanta, GA
SXSW Film Festival, Austin, TX
Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT

2011
Once It Started It Could Not End: Cut-ups and Collage by Sears, Cox, Kennedy and Rosentrater, Artist Television Access, San Francisco, SF
Shadowbox Cinema III, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI
American Film Institute Festival, Los Angeles, CA
Open Call, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
Material Differences: Selections from the Core Program, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX
Handmade Animation, Artist Television Access, San Francisco, CA
Toon Town Troublemakers, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Family Romance, Kavi Gupta, Berlin, Germany
Animator Festival, Poznan, Poland
Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle, WA
Rooftop Films, New York, NY
New Experimental Works, Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco International Film Festival, San Francisco, CA
Off+Camera Film Festival, Krakow, Poland
New Skin for the Old Ceremony, Museum of Modern Art, NY
Tricky Women Festival, Wien, Austria
Short Films of Kelly Sears, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX(*solo screening)
Nowhere Near Here: New Lens-based Work from Texas, FotoFest and Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT

2010
New Experimental Works, Artist Television Access, San Francisco, CA
New Skin for the Old Ceremony, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
American Film Institute Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA
Cambridge Film Festival, Cambridge, UK
Reconstructed, Artpace San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
Festival of (In)appropriation, Los Angeles Film Forum, Los Angeles, CA
Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, Birmingham, AL
Austin Film Festival, Austin, TX
Philadelphia Film Festival, Philadelphia, PA
Another World: Filmmakers Animate, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD
The Niche, University of Virginia Fine Arts Library, Charlottesville, VA
Expresión en Corto, San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato, Mexico
cut/PASTE: Collage as Methodology in Video Art, POST, Los Angeles, CA
Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, IL
Indie Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
San Francisco International Film Festival, San Francisco, CA
Marfa Film Festival, Marfa, TX
Maryland Film Festival, Baltimore, MD
360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival, Rochester, NY
Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil, Créteil, France
Culture Shock, Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, Vancouver, Canada
Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah

2009
Galerie IM Regierungsviertel, Berlin, Germany
Seven Easy Steps, Horton & Lui, New York, NY
San Francisco International Animation Festival, San Francisco, CA
Visible Histories, Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA
Thoughtforms and Parallelograms, RedCat, Los Angeles, CA&
Diverseworks, Houston, TX
Alpha-Ville Audiovisual Arts Festival, London, England
Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
Maryland Film Festival, Baltimore, MD
Drama of the Gifted Child: The Five-Year Plan, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
My Bloody Valentine, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA

2008
Stockholm International Film Festival, Stockholm, Sweden
A Machine Project Field Guide to LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
American Film Institute Festival, Los Angeles, CA
Genre Troubles, Light Industry, Brooklyn
The Stories Behind The Images That Had Been Almost Forgotten, Harris Gallery, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA (*solo show)
Cinevegas, Las Vegas, NV
PDX Peripheral Produce Film Festival, Portland, OR
Rooftop Film, New York, NY
Marfa Film Festival, Marfa, TX
IndieLisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
San Francisco International Film Festival, CA
Victoria Film Festival, Victoria, Canada
Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI (and national tour)
Black Maria Film Festival, Jersey City, NJ (and national tour)
Uncommon Practice: Pitzer College Faculty Art Show, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA
Found/Gevonden/Trouvé, Voorkamer, Lier, Belgium
Against the Grain, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT

2007
San Francisco International Animation Festival, San Francisco, CA
Northampton Independent Film Festival, Northampton, MA
After Dark Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
Palm Springs International Film Festival, Palm Springs, CA
Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, IL
Rooftop Film, New York, NY
Maryland Film Festival, Baltimore, MD
The Magic Lantern, The Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, UK
Cambridge Film Festival, Cambridge, UK
Off-Screen, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Compound Objects from the Spy Who Loves You, Circus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Underground Cinemachine, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA

2006
Northampton Independent Film Festival, Northampton, MA
Austin Film Festival, Austin, TX
San Francisco International Festival, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Toon Town Troublemakers, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, IL
Brooklyn International Film Festival, Brooklyn, NY
How the West Might Save Us Yet, All Tomorrow’s Parties, United Kingdom
Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI (and national tour)
Are You Talking to Me: New Video from Los Angeles, Aurora Picture Show, Houston TX
The Latest Fiction, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2005
Festival of Electronic Media, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Silverlake Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA
Fine Line, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Fresh, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Supersonic, Los Angeles. Design Center, Los Angeles, CA
Now Happening, University Art Gallery, UCSD, La Jolla, CA
Film/Stills, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA

2004
Remade, Re-remade and Re-re-remade, Aurora Picture Show, Houston, TX

2003
Becomings, Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
Video Scoring, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA

Awards

2015
Special Jury Mention, Documentary Shorts, Oak Cliff Film Festival, Dallas, TX

2012
Honorable Mention, Chicago Underground Film Festival

2010
Honorable Mention - Chicago Underground Film Festival
Special Jury Prize - Dallas International Film Festival

2008
Best Experimental Short Film - San Joaquin Film Festival, Stockton, CA
Director's Choice - Black Maria Film Festival, Jersey City, NJ

2007
Best Animated Film - Northampton Independent Film Festival
Spirit Award for Best International Short, Bronze Award Winner – Toronto After Dark Festival

2006
Honorable Mention – Ann Arbor Film Festival

Residencies
2015 MacDowell Colony
Djerassi Artist Colony
2011-2012 The Galveston Artist Residency
2009 - 2011 The Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
2009 Yaddo

Visiting Artist Lectures

2013
California State University, Fullerton
Bennington College

2012
University of Michigan

2011
California College of the Arts
San Francisco Art Institute

2009
Scripps College

2007
Pomona College

2006
University of California, Santa Barbara
Pomona College

Curatorial

2012
The Experimental Eye, Aurora Picture Show, Houston, TX
2011
FEAST/DREAM, Galveston Artist Residency, Galveston, TX
Dark Frames, Aurora Picture Show, Houston, TX
2005
The Hour of Power, Volume 2, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA
2004
The Hour of Power, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA