IFP Minnesota names media artist fellows
Rini Yun Keagy, of St. Paul, is a filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist based in the Twin Cities. Her moving image practice in video and 16mm film is multimodal and research-based. Drawn to philosophical questions, Rini investigates race and labor, disease, and sites of historical and psychological trauma. Her films are crossovers between cinema and art, fiction and documentary, narrative and non-narrative, abstraction and representation. Rini received her MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University and has taught filmmaking at University of California Santa Cruz, University of the Arts, and Carleton College. Screenings and exhibitions of her work include: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Film Festival, Cellular Cinema, Flaten Art Museum, Minneapolis; REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles; Souvenirs from Earth International TV Project, Cologne; Light Industry, Brooklyn; Raum für Projektion, Bergen, Olso, Buenos Aires; Mind TV/Media Independence, Philadelphia Film Festival, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; Wits School of the Arts, Johannesburg; Festival Images Contre Nature, Marseille; Berlinale Talent Campus Editing Studio, Berlin.
Naomi Ko, of Savage, Minn., is a filmmaker, actor, and storyteller. She is a Moth StorySLAM winner, a featured performer for Mortified, and producer of The Comedy Comedy Festival: A Comedy Festival. In addition, Naomi writes for the stage and screen (and has ghostwritten the occasional romance novel.) Her work has been supported by the Knight Foundation, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and the Council of Asian Pacific Minnesotans. Currently, Naomi is in development for multiple projects. One will premiere at the end of 2017.
Keri Pickett, of Minneapolis, is a producer, director and director of photography whose work focuses on family and community documenting those who seek to right a wrong, sharing stories of how one person can make a difference. Her award-winning documentary feature film FIRST DAUGHTER AND THE BLACK SNAKE documents environmental activist Winona LaDuke, her family and communities’ efforts to keep oil pipelines out of their sacred wild-rice lakes in Northern Minnesota. Her award-winning documentary THE FABULOUS ICE AGE is available streaming on Netflix, sub-titled into ten languages. Virgil Films & Entertainment distribute in all media DVD, Amazon, iTunes. Her short documentary film, ‘STEEL // SPIRIT features Movement Artist Yves Musard interacting with Richard Serra’s “Inside, Outside, 2013” at the Gagosian Gallery in New York City.
Brennan Vance, of Minneapolis, is a filmmaker based in Minneapolis. He recently served as cinematographer for Cecilia Aldarondo’s MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART [Tribeca ’16] and The Weinstein Company’s ROBERT KLEIN STILL CAN‘T STOP HIS LEG [SXSW 2016]. His work as a Director of Photography for Twin Cities PBS has earned him three Emmy Awards. Vance’s feature directorial debut THE MISSING SUN received a Jerome Foundation fellowship, was selected as part of the 2016 IFP Filmmaker Narrative Labs and recently premiered at the Wisconsin Film Festival and Ashland Independent Film Festival, where it was awarded a special jury prize.