About KEN KIMMELMAN
Ken Kimmelman is an award-winning filmmaker and recipient of the 1995 Emmy Award for his anti-prejudice public service film The Heart Knows Better, airing nationally on CNN and Bravo. His latest film, Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana, based on the 1925 Nation prize-winning poem by Eli Siegel, has been the official selection of numerous national and international festivals. It won the “Best US Short,“ Avignon / New York; Gold Remi Award”—Worldfest Houston; “Platinum Best of Show”—Aurora Awards; “Grand Festival Award in the Arts”—Berkeley Film Festival, among others. His public service film against homelessness, What Does a Person Deserve? received the Silver Cindy Award and airs nationally on TV and in movie theatres.
He is president of Imagery Film Ltd. (www.imageryfilm.com) and a consultant on the faculty of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation (AestheticRealism.org), a not-for-profit educational foundation in New York City. He has produced films for the United Nations against prejudice and apartheid: Asimbonanga, winner of the Newark Black Film Festival's “Paul Robeson Award,” Atlanta Film Festival's “Director's Choice Award,” “Cindy Award;” and Brushstrokes, winner of “Best Children's Film”--ASIFA-EAST Film Festival. He received a 1997-98 Emmy Award for his contributions to “ Sesame Street,” and 1992 & 1993 Emmy nominations, and an Ace nomination as a director on the animated TV series Doug.
In 1968 he produced and directed the documentary People Are Trying to Put Opposites Together, about Eli Siegel, the American poet, critic, and founder of Aesthetic Realism, televised on WNET-TV Channel 13. He also produced political films, theatricals, TV commercials, and a film for New York City Opera's Beatrix Cenci, performed at Lincoln Center. He has made many films for the Children's Television Workshop's “Sesame Street,” including Elmo's World; was a director of Clifford's Puppy Days for Scholastic; and animated an Italian TV series titled Mr. Hiccup. In 1995-96 he was director on the animated series Daria for MTV; in 1999 he was a director on The Wild Thornberries, for Clasky-Csupo. He produced films for the Children's Museum of Manhattan for a major exhibit titled “Body Odyssey.” He is currently in development on documentaries about Anna Ella Carroll, a Civil War heroine; a 55 year-old African- American bus driver who begins studying the cello; Horn & Hardart's Automat; also two animated TV series titled Pig William and The Fuzzy Dice Report; and an animated TV special Thomas Comma.
Mr. Kimmelman taught film and animation at New York University, and the School of Visual Arts. In 2006 in the Artists Talk on Art series given at SVA, he presented “Aesthetic Realism: The Opposites of Technique and Feeling in Film,” and in 2005, he was a panelist in this series, speaking on “Can Contempt Be Animated?” He has also given presentations of “Film—and the ‘Art of Enjoying Justice.'” He has been a guest lecturer at the Manhattan School of Music, and has presented papers on the lives and work of D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, Ingmar Bergman, and others. His articles have been published in journals and newspapers across the country. His work was part of the 2006 Whitney Biennial Peace Tower.
As a lecturer on the answer to racism he has spoken at the Brooklyn Children's Museum, the annual Queens Borough Public Library Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., and in schools, including in the Eugene, Oregon school system, colleges and organizations, such as the CSEA (New York City & State Employees Association) educational conference.
A founding member of the organization Housing: A Basic Human Right
(www.housingaright.org), he has participated in presentations at many colleges, including at Boston University, where he was the Keynote speaker at the Community Service Outreach Program; Vassar; NYU; Pace; Dickinson; and at organizations, such as the American Institute of Architects 2000 Convention in Philadelphia, the annual conference of the National Student Campaign Against Hunger & Homelessness at the University of Maryland; the Campus Outreach Opportunity Conference (COOL) at Harvard University; the Franklin County Local Housing Options Team (LHOT) Conference, PA; Public Policy Institute at North Shore Community College, Lynn, MA.
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