Kirsten D'Andrea Hollander is a full-time professor at MICA, where she teaches in Foundation and Film and Video with a focus on Community Engagement. Equipped with an undergraduate degree in Painting from MICA in 1988, she turned to documentary filmmaking after receiving an MFA in Imaging and Digital Arts from UMBC in 1997. Her two-fold passion is bringing communities together and telling authentic stories that celebrate humanity.
In 2011 Hollander was selected for an Independent Filmmaker Project Fellowship to launch her first feature length documentary Us, Naked: Trixie & Monkey, which premiered at IFC Center with the DOC NYC film festival in 2014. The film was awarded Best International Feature Length Documentary at the DOCfeed Film Festival 2015, Netherlands and Best Feature Length Documentary at Coney Island Film Festival, New York 2015. An unpredictable documentary, Us, Naked is about a real life couple who will stop at nothing to take their circus-burlesque act to new creative heights. For seven years Hollander and crew followed Trixie and Monkey from their base in Baltimore to hone their skills at a New England circus school, to burlesque competitions in Las Vegas, to cities all over the US and England, and finally to a new home in New York City. The film delivers a provocative look at the sacrifices made for one's passion, the meaning of success, and the strength that comes from partnership. The film will be going into distribution summer 2016. An article by CinéWomen 2015 (Paris-Rome) is available here and notes recent MICA students who crewed or interned on the film.
Hollander's current documentary in production, Anatomy of Wings is about a quirky group of Baltimore City girls, college students, and mentors who form bonds that transcend their segregated neighborhoods during the years leading up the city's recent outcry for access to opportunity and peace. Anatomy of Wings is slated for release in January 2017.