KENNY KILFARA


Actor - Filmmaker - Educator - Artist

ACTOR


DRAMATIC REEL

Run time: 5m 30sec

As an actor, Kenny is familiar with both stage and screen. Having studied Constantin Stansislavski, Uta Hagen and Sandy Meisner at The Acting Corp. Kilfara is an experienced Commedia dell'arte performer. He has studied sword fighting under Tim Weske at Swordplay LA. While capable of playing a wide range or character types, from broad commedy to subtle drama, over the years Kilfara has been lauded for his work playing darker characters. After much reticence, he learned to embrace this character type after Joyce Carol Oats praised his performance of Arnold Friend in a film adaptation of her 1968 O. Henry Award winning short story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

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FILMMAKER


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Canada Lee: Man Out Front Canada Lee was one of the greatest African American actors of the 20th Century, but most people have never heard his name. Lee poured his talent into fighting for racial equality. His uncompromising stance prompted the U.S. Government to label him a Communist, destroying his reputation and career. This is the first film to explore his life and legacy. WATCH Canada Lee homepage

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GO WEST While teaching at Ross, I had the pleasure of teaching co-leading a group of 6 faculty and 30 students across parts of Arizona, New Mexico and California. We sought to explore pastoral America and the current state to the American dream. WATCH Go West, Young Man, Go West

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Off the Grid As a part of my work at Ross, I had co-lead a group of 6 faculty and 33 students across parts of Ethiopia. We traversed vast expanses, leaving comfort and familiarity behind. We found ourselves face to face with an incredibly rich and ancient culture. WATCH Ross On The Road: Ethiopia

FICTION

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THE RIGHT COPY This montage film explores reoccurring sociocultural and political themes in American history by condensing seven decades into just under five minutes. WATCH Interview in The Red & Black

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BEFORE CROSSING A young man and woman partake in a metaphoric reflection of their relationship. Shot on 16mm, this film was made while studying under the tutelage of Jim Herbert WATCH

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The End Runner When a drifter tries to capitalize on a chance encounter, he finds himself on the run.

Dir. Kevin Roy WATCH Kevin Roy - homepage

EDUCATOR


STUDENT WORK

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Cobalt Sometime heroes don't have to be super to make big impact on his community. Cobalt is the story of a boy's journey from bystander to activist.

Dir. Julian Alvarez WATCH Vimeo link

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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? This short film brings to life Joyce Carol Oates' celebrated short story of a young woman whose burgeoning sexuality is corrupted by a manipulative, terrorizing stranger. Official selection of The Hamptons International Film Festival.

Dir. Alexa Barrett WATCH Westhampton Patch article

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Curiouser, But Curiouser This short pixelation uses the tale of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as a frame work to explore the surreal experience of being a boarding student.

Dir. Zoe Wang WATCH

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Running On Empty A short animated PSA about global warming.
Dir. Jingyi Xu WATCH

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Saving Caroline A 17 year old boy purchases a journal at a yard sale, only to discover that it has already been written in by a girl with a fantastic imagination. The more he reads, the more he is drawn into her fantasy world, until the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur. It won 1st place in the East End Student Film Project Film Festival and was an official selection of The Hamptons International Film Festival.

Dir. Devon Leaver WATCH Director discusses the film

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Nascence This experimental film explores the tensions related to the modernization of the nuclear family. It won 1st place in the East End Student Film Project Film Festival, and secured her a place as a finalist in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Young Arts competition in Miami.

Dir. Devon Leaver WATCH

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Tony and Bella's Adventure Tony and Bella go on a magical adventure to learn the alphabet in this animated fairy tale.

Dir. Riko Kawahara WATCH

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Airport This visually poetic film follows a young boy as he races out into the world, meets beauty, hardship and uncertainty. Ultimately, he finds satisfaction and self-confidence along the way.

Dir. Noah Engel WATCH

PROFESSIONAL WORK

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Lalibela: The Science Behind the Churches YouTube channel Amor Sciendi uses interesting works of art as a teaching tool. This webisode discusses the rock hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia, their deterioration and the challenge of preserving them. WATCH Amor Sciendi YouTube page

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World Monuments Fund – Lalibela Preservation Project In March 2013, a group of high school students and faculty from the Ross School in East Hampton, New York, traveled to Ethiopia. This midwinter term course provided an intensive experience in documentary photography and filmmaking in a distant land and culture. The group visited the site of Lalibela with WMF local representative Mamo Getahun, and produced this video about WMF's efforts to preserve Biet Gabriel Rafael, one of the eleven rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, carved some 800 years ago. WATCH WMF.com

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Underground @ Ross The Media Studies faculty at The Ross School in East Hampton, NY, are dedicated to providing a diverse learning environment for interdisciplinary exploration in the media arts. With an emphasis on cultural history, the Ross curriculum dramatizes the pressing need for Media Studies. As a member of that department, I mentored students in filmmaking and digital image creation. Underground @ Ross is a repository of media studies student portfolios and blogs. Webpage

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The Golden Matrix This pedagogical project explores and documents the preservation and transfer of knowledge, goods and culture from ancient Greece and Rome to Byzantium, through the translation schools of the Middle Ages in Baghdad, Cordoba, Paris and Sicily and culminating in the Florentine Renaissance. A select group of students and faculty traveled to and studied at locations particularly crucial to this transference. I had the pleasure of participating in the leg of the project that visited Egypt. Blog

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The Harvesters and Early Modern Economics YouTube channel Amor Sciendi uses interesting works of art as a teaching tool. This webisode discuss Bruegel's great painting The Harvesters and the development of the advanced early modern Dutch economy. WATCH Amor Sciendi Youtube page

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The Fiske Cup St. Paul' School in Concord, NH has held this annual theatrical competion between the dorm houses since 1936. Students either write or adapt a short play to be performed in their dorm common rooms, using costumes, sets and props collected from among the dorm. WATCH Youtube page

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Ross On the Road: Kenya This 16-day intensive travel course focused on documentary photography and filmmaking. Students and faculty traveled from Nairobi to Mombasa collaborating with local groups, including: The Boy's Town Orphanage outside of Nairobi, children of a local Maasai tribe on the Massai Mara and the Yatta South Women's Group in the Machakos Region. From their collaborations, students produced a series of multimedia projects. Webpage Blog

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Ross On the Road: Morocco From Casablanca, Fez and Marrakesh to the High Atlas Mountains and the Sahara, 26 students and 4 teachers explored and documented the rich cultural diversity of Morocco on this 15-day media intensive travel course. Throughout the trip, students worked with underprivileged children in a variety of locations including a circus school in Sále run by the AMESIP Foundation. Students created workshops in web, photo and video for the children and co-create a web-based product for sharing their stories as well as documented their experiences through photography, video and journaling. Webpage Blog Documentary on the circus school in Sále

ARTIST



DRAWING & PAINTING

Charcoal & Inkwash
Pastel
Painting
Colored Pencil
Graphite
Computer Generated


PHOTOGRAPHY

Morocco, 2008
Kenya, 2009
Egypt, 2010
Southwest United States, 2011

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