Kelley Baker is an
independent filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon, United
States and the writer and director of three indie feature films: Birddog
(1999), The Gas Cafe (2001), and Kicking Bird
He specializes in creating guerilla, extreme
low-budget narrrative films.
His short films have aired on PBS
, The Learning Channel
, and Canadian and
Australian television. His films and style have been recognized in
publications ranging from Runners
Baker is the recipient of a Western States Media Arts Fellowship as
well as grants from the SOROS Fund, The Collins Foundation, the
Oregon Arts Commission
others. The Stirling Art Centre at Macrobert University in
Stirling, Scotland ran retrospective of Kelley's work in 2006.
Pacific Film Archives and The Northwest Film Center have hosted a retrospective of Baker's short
Projects with other filmmakers
Baker was the sound designer on six feature films directed by
Gus Van Sant
, including My Own Private Idaho
, Good Will Hunting
, and Finding Forrester
. He designed the
sound on Todd Haynes
Far from Heaven
and Julianne Moore
. He was the picture editor and
sound designer on Will Vinton's The Adventures of Mark
, and Meet the
. He has also worked
with Roger Corman.
Projects in film education
proprietor of Angry Filmmaker, Baker tours the United States and
Kingdom teaching about indie filmmaking at workshops and
showing his films to audiences at art house theaters, colleges,
universities and media art centers.
Baker has appeared in
over 200 cities and 350 venues.
Baker is also the author of The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide:
Making the Extreme No Budget Film
. The book is forthcoming in
Baker is producing and directing Dangerous: Kay Boyle
feature documentary chronicling the life of the woman called "the
most dangerous woman in America" by S.I. Hiyakawa in 1967. This
work in progress was featured at the Independent Feature Film
Market in New York.
Baker is also directing The American Dream: A Work in Progress
. He has spent two years, interviewing people across
the country about the American Dream. It is scheduled to be
released in the late 2008.
attended the University of Southern
California. He received a BA (1980) and an MFA (1982) in Film Production from the
USC School of
Cinematic Arts, and did post graduate work at the American Film Institute