Kitty McNamee is an artist, a creator and most importantly a collaborator. HE FAREWELL is Kitty's third film. Her films have screened at 50 + festivals worldwide.
Kitty McNamee is an artist, a creator and most importantly a collaborator.
Her early years in LA were spent honing her craft as Artistic Director of Hysterica Dance Co., a consistently prolific and creative collective that redefined dance in Los Angeles. Her unique approach to direction and choreography was declared by Dance Magazine to possess “an outsize talent for that most elusive gift, originality. THE FAREWELL is Kitty's third film. Her films have screened at 50 + festivals worldwide.
Kitty has collaborated extensively with the LA Philharmonic; developing new productions of Rite of Spring, Firebird, Bolero, Esa Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing, A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and more. Ballets includes RIFT commissioned by Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and the Kennedy Center, the creation of the new ballets Traces and Transit for National Choreographer’s Initiative and colony for LA Ballet’s NEXT Wave Series.
Kitty moves effortlessly between her work for the country’s largest opera houses to commercials for Target, Adobe MAX, Mercedes Benz as well as an array of TV and Film productions.
Opera work includes Romeo et Juliette, La Traviata, Don Carlo, La Rondine, Lucia di Lammermoor and Tales of Hoffman for LA Opera, San Francisco Opera , San Diego Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Theater credits include Secret Cinema’s groundbreaking live performances with Laura Marling in London, Sense and Sensibility (South Coast Rep), The Fantasticks (Pasadena Playhouse), Midsummer Night’s Dream (LA Phil/Disney Hall), Man of LaMancha (Reprise!) and Sondheim’s 75th (Hollywood Bowl).
Jury's Choice Award
The Farewell
Thomas Edison Film Festival
2022
Audience Choice Award
The Farewell
Door Kinetic Arts Festival
Door County, WI
2021
Best Experimental Film
The Yellow Room
Santa Cruz International Film Festival
Santa Cruz
2018
Official Selection
The Yellow Room
River Film Festival
Padova
2018
Shortlisted - Best Arthouse Film
The Yellow Room
Fastnet Film Festival
Schull
2018
Official Selection
The Yellow Room
Dance Camera West
Los Angeles, California
2018
Official Selection
The Yellow Room
Short Waves Festival
Poznán
2018
Official Selection
The Yellow Room
Contact Dance Film Festival
Portland, Oregon
2018
WINNER - BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
The Yellow Room
Paris Independent Film Festival
Paris
2017
Official Selection
The Yellow Room
Olympia Film Festival
Olympia, Washington
2017
Nominated for Best Original Score
The Yellow Room
Kerry Film Festival
Killarney, Co. Kerry
2017
Award Winner
The Yellow Room
WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival
Houston, Texas
Semi Finalist
The Yellow Room
Dublin International Film Festival
Dublin
Award of Merit - Women Filmmakers
The Yellow Room
Best Shorts Competition
Current City
Los Angeles
• “An outsize talent for that most elusive gift, originality” -- Dance Magazine
• “Her (McNamee's) insights about intimacy proved especially provocative in this depiction of the rootlessness and isolation of contemporary freedom.” -- Los Angeles Times
• “One of LA's most intriguing choreographers” -- LA Weekly
• “Fresh and original, surely “colony” (composed by Anna Clyne) belongs in L.A. Ballet's permanent repertory, alongside Balanchine and Lar Lubovitch.”-- Los Angeles Times
• “Kitty McNamee is a natural” -- Dance Magazine
• “Hysterica was hypnotic…we never wanted it to end” -- New York Magazine
Kitty McNamee is an artist, a creator and most importantly a collaborator. HE FAREWELL is Kitty's third film. Her films have screened at 50 + festivals worldwide.
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