Kelly is a dance film creator and curator from Canada who currently lives in Los Angeles. In September 2018 she was named the Executive and Artistic Director of Dance Camera West, after co-founding the Los Angeles festival of dance film in 2001.
Kelly has a Masters in Dance Film from NYU (with a concentration in Dance and Film History), an Honours BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University and an Honours BA in Communication Studies (with a Minor in Theater History) from the University of Windsor.
She danced with Gina Lori Riley in Windsor and Tammy Forsythe in Montréal before moving to New York City to study and perform. She was a member of PoMo CoMo (Postmodern Commotion), an artist and scientist collection that toured Canada, the US and Europe, including Ars Electronica, the Austrian cultural, educational and scientific institute for new media art.
Kelly has produced and directed several dance films that are shown internationally, and has been traveling as an invited speaker to dance film festivals since leaving DCW in 2009. Hargraves has been a board member of the Silver Lake Film Festival and the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival.
Through her work with the country’s indie film distributors such as First Run Features, Film Movement, Icarus Film, Kelly has represented a diversity of artists, such as Michael Apted, Lizzie Borden, Cheryl Dunye, Barbara Kopple, Ross McElwee, Monika Truet, Robert Rosenberg and Wayne Wang, amongst many more.
Her work in performing art venues includes CAP UCLA and REDCAT, where she worked in the Publicity and Marketing and Media Relations departments.
Kelly has been involved in a wide range of volunteer activities. Her most fulfilling work was as the Founding Brooklyn Coordinator of the Million Mom March to Washington to support Gun Control. Kelly was instrumental in making sure the voices of the Black mothers who were most directly hurt by gun violence, we part of the March. She’s even a life long Girl Scout.
Along with dance, Kelly studied and pursued a career in journalism as an
On-air Host/Producer, DJ at CKUT–FM Community Radio in Montréal and CJAM–FM Community Radio in Windsor–Detroit. She was also a Producer/Editor at the Banff Centre For The Arts and a Dance Reviewer for Eye Spy LA, Dance Insider, Ballet–Tanz International, Dance on Camera News, Danceonline.com, Campus Circle Magazine, Cover Magazine, and Dance Connection Magazine.
She has travelled as an guest lecturer, panel speaker and jury member at Universities in Canada and the US (USC, Santa Monica College, Cal State Dominguez Hills, CalArts, Bakersfield College, University of Texas, Rensselaer PolyTech, Concordia University, Mtl), and has been invited to international festivals including ScreenDance Winnipeg, Manitoba, Cinédanse Festival, Montréal, SHOOT Dance for Screen Festival, Stockholm, Festival VideoDanza – Buenos Aires, Dance for Camera Workshop -Victoria BC, American Dance Festival – Screen Dance Conference, National Arts Critics Association Conference, Moving Pictures Festival – Toronto, and multiple times to the Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center in New York.
Canadian Film/Video Bibliography, Researcher, 1990–1991
– PoMo CoMo Technological Theatre, Administrator/Tour Organizer, 1990–1995
– Gina Lori Riley Dance Enterprises, Company Manager, 1985–1990
– New York University’s Gallatin School – M.A., Film/Dance Theory
– Concordia University, Montréal, Canada – B.F.A., Contemporary Dance/Theater History
– University of Windsor, Canada – B.A., Communications
GRANTS AND AWARDS:
–ARC, Durfee Foundation, Cargo, 2009
–Canada Council for the Arts – Dance Section, Travel Grants, 2009-2017
–NFB Creation Grant, Dis, a choreographed film, 1994
–Employment & Immigration Canada, Dis, A choreographed Film, 1994
–The Canada Council Media Arts, PoMo Como’s Immediacy, 1991
–Quebec Dept. of Recreation & Leisure, Brouhaha Documentary, 1990