Areas of Focus: Documentaries
Organization: Intersection Films
Ryan Kelley is a documentary filmmaker and writer from New York. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics at the state and national level. His passion to dig deeper into America’s stories led him to visual storytelling with the creation of Intersection Films—a company that takes a broader look at the American experience. Kelley is currently finishing a documentary titled The Elector Game, a narrative of problems facing U.S. elections before and after the pivotal year of 2016. Aside from filmmaking, he is currently working on a book on blackface in U.S. culture. His first film, Dixie, covered the legacy of blackface and the confederate anthem “Dixie’s Land.” Dixie was distributed to PBS stations nationally and has been used in the curriculum at several universities.
Dixie is the result of five years of exhaustive research into the legend and lore surrounding America’s most dangerous song. Featuring archival documents, photos, music, and newsreels spanning 180 years of U.S. history, a more comprehensive story of the song will never be made.