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. Upcoming screenings of her commissioned animations include: the Sundance Film Festival, MoMA, and PBS. 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, the Smithsonian, 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 Jury’s Choice Award and Jury’s Stellar 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 January Kelly heads to Park City, UT for the documentary premiere of Jeffrey Palmer’s Words From a Bear, which includes animation by Kelly! While in Park City, Kelly will also be jurying the Experimental and Animation programs at the 2019 Slamdance Film Festival!
+ Kelly is currently working on exciting commissioned work that will premiere at the MoMA in early 2019.
+ Kelly was recently awarded the 2019 Jury’s Stellar Award from the upcoming Black Maria Film Festival, for her latest film MY GOSSIP.


+ This past fall Kelly was in Conversation with filmmaker Miranda July at the Fotofocus Biennial in Cincinnati, OH. She curated two programs for the Biennial celebrating the history and spirit of July’s Joanie4Jackie project.
+ Kelly had a solo program of her work screen at the Wexner in Columbus, OH. She was a guest speaker at the powerful feminist filmmaking workshop “Radical Possibilities” at Union Docs in Brooklyn, NY.