Welcome to Purple Riot Studio, the film and animation production house of award-winning experimental animator Kelly Gallagher. Kelly has been producing original and colorful handcrafted films and animations for the past decade that explore overlooked histories and movements of resistance and perseverance. She also creates commissioned animations for documentary film and music video clients ranging from PBS to The Coup. She is an Assistant Professor of Film at Syracuse University.

Kelly’s animations, experimental films and documentaries have been featured in publications including The Nation, VICE, and Animation Magazine, and have screened internationally at venues including: The National Gallery of Art, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest, London ICA Artists’ Biennial, LA Film Forum, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry, and Anthology Film Archives. She is the recipient of the Ivan Kaljević Award from Alternative Film/Video Festival Belgrade, the Helen Hill Award from Indie Grits, the Audience Award from Brazil’s Fronteira Film Festival, and the Jury’s Choice Award from Black Maria Film Festival. The Southern Ohio Council for Higher Education awarded her the Excellence in Research Award for her creative and scholarly film work in 2017.


+ This September: Kelly will have a program of her work screen at the Wexner in Columbus, OH. She will also co-facilitate a feminist filmmaking workshop at Union Docs in Brooklyn, NY.
+ This October: Kelly will be in Conversation with filmmaker Miranda July at the Fotofocus Biennial in Cincinatti, OH. She will also be curating two programs for the Biennial celebrating the history and spirit of July’s Joanie4Jackie project.