Kym McDaniel is an experimental filmmaker, multidisciplinary collaborator, choreographer, and performer. Her films have recently screened in solo and two-person screenings at UnionDocs, Mills Foley Microcinema, Cellular Cinema, Rhizome DC, and the Society for Disability Studies Conference, as well as in group exhibitions at the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Slamdance, and ADF’s Movies by Movers, among others.
She began filmmaking after a head injury and resulting chronic illnesses changed her relationship to time, her body, and dance. Her work braids non-fiction personal narratives, often weaving fragmented bodies on screen, healing rituals rooted in metaphor, psychological and environmental landscapes, and invitations for the audience to become a part of the cinematic experience through voice, text, or instruction. She works within the legacy of other feminist and disabled experimental filmmakers who used DIY and artist-driven methods to self-produce, create, and distribute their work.
She has an MFA from the Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an Advanced Certificate in Disability Studies from the City University of New York. She is currently an Assistant Professor and Program Director for the Graduate Certificate in Screendance at the University of Utah.