Kera MacKenzie - Columbia College Chicago

Kera MacKenzie

Adjunct

kmackenzie@colum.edu

Biography

Kera is an Adjunct Faculty in Cinema and Television Arts and teaches undergraduate courses in Cinema and Television Foundations.

She is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in film, video, live broadcast and installation. Her work has screened and exhibited at festivals and spaces around the world including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rencontres Internationales Sciences & Cinémas (France), Anthology Film Archives, and UnionDocs (New York City), Echo Park Film Center and The Film and Video Poetry Symposium (Los Angeles), Microlights (Milwaukee), La lumière collective (Montreal), Cellular Cinema (Minneapolis), Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and Chicago Underground Film Festival (all Chicago). Kera was recently a researcher in residence at Signal Culture (Owego, NY) and has been an artist in residence at The Luminary (St. Louis), ACRE (Wisconsin), and Culturia (Berlin). Her recent movie Stones for Thunder received the City of Big Shoulders Award at the Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival in 2019 and a Jurors' Award from That One Film Festival in 2020. Additionally, Kera is a Founding Co-Director of ACRE TV (an artist-made live-streaming television network), and is currently in post-production on her first feature, a 16mm experimental documentary titled Path of Ghosts which she is co-directing with Andrew Mausert-Mooney.

She has a graduate degree in Moving Image from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an undergraduate degree in Human Services specializing in Expressive Arts Therapies from Lesley University and the Art Institute of Boston.

Instructional Areas

Cinema and Television Production

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Documentary and Experimental Cinema, Performing with a Camera, Cinematic Space, Editing as Choreography, Essay Films