Kelley Baker is well known for working with other people. He was the sound designer on six of Gus Van Sant's
feature films including, MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, GOOD WILL HUNTING, and FINDING FORRESTER. He designed the sound on Todd Haynes
feature film, FAR FROM HEAVEN, with Dennis Quaid and Julieanne Moore. He was an Editor and a Sound Designer for Will Vinton's
The Adventures of Mark Twain, and on four Claymation Specials for CBS.
Kelley also wrote and directed 8 short films which have aired on PBS, The Learning Channel, Canadian and Australian
television. His films have been shown at Film Festivals like London, Sydney, Annecy and Edinburgh, Sundance, Chicago, Mill
Valley and Aspen.
Kelley is also producing and directing DANGEROUS: KAY BOYLE, a feature documentary chronicling the life of
"the most dangerous woman in America" (SI Hiyakawa, 1967). This work in progress was featured at the Independent Feature Film
Market in New York.
To eke out a living Kelley directs commercials, corporate and educational videos. His clients have included
NIKE, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Juvenile Justice, Howard University,
and Wells Fargo Bank.
Kelley attended the University of Southern California's "Famous Film School". He received a BA (1980) and
an MFA (1982) in Film Production, and did some post graduate work at the American Film Institute (1989). This and three bucks
gets him coffee at Starbucks.
In 1985 Kelley received a Pioneer Fund Emerging Documentary Filmmaker grant for his film CRIMINAL JUSTICE.
He also successfully raised funds from foundations and various individuals to complete the one hour film. Thanks to aggressive
distribution and it's uniqueness of subject matter and stylistic approach it is still being widely seen.
Kelley has received a Western States Media Arts Fellowship (1997), and grants from the SOROS Fund (2000),
The Collins Foundation (2000),Oregon Arts Commission (1993), The Jackson Foundation (1984), Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust
(1984), The Maurie Clark Foundation (1984), a technical assistance grant from RACC (2004), and has done 2 documentaries for
the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Juvenile Justice Office of the Department of Justice (1999).
The Pacific Film Archives had a retrospective of Kelley's short films, and both the Northwest Film Center
in Portland, and 911 Media Arts Center in Seattle have devoted entire evenings to Kelley's work.
Kelley has spent the last six years touring the US teaching his subversive brand of filmmaking at workshops
and showing his films to audiences at Art House Theaters, Colleges, Universities and Media Art Centers. Kelley has driven
over 70,000 miles, flew to the UK, given over 523 lectures & workshops, screened his work over 243 times, talked to thousands
of students, eaten his weight in patty melts and club sandwiches, drank a swimming pool of gas station coffee and eaten five
cases of antacids. ...more