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Laura Kissel is a documentary filmmaker and Associate Professor of media arts at the University of South Carolina. She has received numerous fellowships and grants for her work, including a Fulbright Fellowship (2009), MacDowell Fellowship (2006), funding from the Fledgling Fund (2010 and 2012) and The South Carolina Humanities Council (2003 and 2008).

Kissel's documentary work explores the representation of rural and urban landscapes and the use of orphan films. Recent documentary shorts include tan mian hua弹棉花 and Window Cleaning in Shanghai, which were included in the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar’s traveling film program City Symphonies in 2011-2012. Beyond the Classroom: China (2007), produced for International Programs at USC, was nominated for a Southeastern Regional Emmy Award in 2009. Cabin Field (2005), a documentary essay about farm workers in rural Georgia, was honored with three festival awards including the Jurors' Citation Award at the Black Maria Film and Video Festival in 2006.

Kissel occasionally works as a cinematographer, most recently on the documentary Open Secret (2011). Her latest film, Cotton Road (2014), is about South Carolina cotton farmers, Chinese textile workers, and global consumers. It is her first feature film.


Want to see Cotton Road? Watch this space for news about the premiere.


small posts about my documentary work and forthcoming exhibitions


cotton bole to cotton bale to clothing bale

the story of a supply chain

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