About the Filmmaker

Ken Kimmelman

Ken Kimmelman is president of Imagery Film Ltd. and a consultant on the faculty of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation. He has produced award-winning films for the United Nations against prejudice and apartheid. He received a 1997-98 Emmy Award for his contributions to “Sesame Street,” and 1992 & 1993 Emmy nominations as a director on the animated TV series Doug.

     In 1995, he won an 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 received numerous awards, including “Best US Short,“Avignon Film Festival. His public service film against homelessness, What Does a Person Deserve? airs nationally on TV.

     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 “Sesame Street,” including Elmo’s World. He was a director of the animated TV series Clifford’s Puppy Days, Daria and The Wild Thornberries. He produced films for the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. He is currently working on documentaries about a 55 year-old African-American bus driver who is learning the cello; Horn & Hardart’s Automat; and the head of the expedition who found the Titanic; and also an animated TV series titled Pig William.

      Ken 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.” 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, 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, Lynne, MA.   

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