Woman with the movie camera redux: revisiting the position of women in the production classroom


Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson

Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson is a filmmaker, video artist and animator, who works primarily in the liminal space between documentary, animation and experimental forms.  K-Nelson is most interested in memory studies, with her creative focus on personal and cultural narrative. Her work has been presented at festivals and galleries in Asia, Europe, North America and Australia. K-Nelson has screened at venues such as the Walker Art Center, the D.C. National Museum for Women in the Arts, the European Media Arts Festival, the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, and the Croatian Film Association Cinema. Her work has received awards, including the ICDOC Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography, Ann Arbor Film Festival’s Griot Editorial Best Editing Award, and the Moondance Calypso Award. K-Nelson was a Fulbright Scholar to Iceland in 2005, and was awarded a 2007 Bush Artist Fellowship to cinematically explore the relationship between cultural ritual, language, family history and mythology.  More information on her work can be found here: www.kyjakristjana.com.

K-Nelson received her Bachelor of Individual Studies degree from the University of Minnesota in Film Studies, Film Production, and Icelandic Language and Culture. She continued her graduate studies after working in the Art Department of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Film from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.  K-Nelson is currently serving as the University Film & Video Association’s Women’s Caucus Co-Chair. In 2008 she was named the YWCA Woman of the Year in Education for "Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women." K-Nelson is an Associate Professor of Film and Department Chair at Minnesota State University Moorhead.