Kelly Gallagher screened her films More Dangerous than a Thousand Rioters and From Ally to Accomplice as part of the Tahoe Underground Film Festival's ongoing series of moving image artists.

Kelly Gallagher, Animator & Activist

The Tahoe Underground Film Festival brought animator and activist Kelly Gallagher to the SNC Tahoe Fine Arts Department on February 16th, 2017, as part of the TUFF series of moving image artists. Gallagher presented her most recent film, More Dangerous than a Thousand Rioters, an animated exploration of the life and activism of Lucy Parsons. Parsons was a lifelong advocate for the rights of the poor and disenfranchised in the face of oppressive industrialism. Gallagher also screened From Ally to Accomplice, an exploration of the ramifications of slavery centered around the Quaker town where abolitionist John Brown trained his men for the raid on Harpers Ferry.

“To animate is to bring to life. Kelly makes me want to play with paper and reanimate hidden history too.”

SNC student Steph Coates

Following the screening, Gallagher discussed her practice, particularly her love of the tactile nature of handmade animation, and how her commitment to radical action and the way it forces us to make a clear stand drives much of the content of her work.

Kelly teaches animation at Antioch College, a small liberal arts institution located in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Her work screens regularly in festivals and galleries all over the world.

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