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kai nealis

filmmaker & drummer

film & video





b. 1996: Chicago, IL; live/work: Portland, OR

I grew up in Great Falls, Montana and Olympia, Washington. I graduated from Ithaca College in Upstate New York with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Cinema and Photography Production and Latin American Studies. My work ranges from the documentary study of site-specific economic and environmental concerns in Latin America to narrative inquiries into social realist issues in contemporary domestic American life. The direction of my research continues to be influenced by the Latin@ community as well youth urban mentorship initiatives and immigrant youth case management for The Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Focusing on issues of land use, class, and globalization, my films have been exhibited most notably at The Cannes Film Festival and The Ivy Film Festival, among others. My video art has been featured in the Ladder exhibition, a pop-up gallery in Upstate New York, and in Feast Your Eyes at Root Division in San Francisco.

I have also written and played drums in the rock projects Fir, Cameraperson, Pale Violet, and Unseen Object.

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