photo by Mark Gamble | Spare Room Media 

photo by Mark Gamble | Spare Room Media 

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School of Visual Art & Design
McMaster College, room 222
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC  29208



Laura Kissel

Laura Kissel is an Emmy nominated documentary filmmaker whose work explores contemporary social, cultural and political landscapes and the use of orphan films. She was named the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Media Arts Fellow for 2007-2008 and has received numerous fellowships and grants for her work, including a Fulbright Award, a MacDowell Fellowship, funding from the South Carolina Humanities Council and the Fledgling Fund. Recently completed short documentaries include tan mian hua and Window Cleaning in Shanghai, which premiered at the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar in 2011 and were included in The Flaherty’s touring festival City Symphonies in 2011-2012. Cotton Road, a feature length documentary about a global cotton supply chain, is screening at national and international venues in 2014-2016.

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Fellowships and Honors

2012 Robert Flaherty Seminar in China (Shanghai and Hangzhou)

2011 Robert Flaherty Seminar Featured Artist

2009 Fulbright Research Fellow, China

2007-2008 South Carolina Media Arts Fellow

2006 MacDowell Colony Fellow

2005 Residency with Working Films, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art