Kirsten D'Andrea Hollander received a BFA in Painting from MICA in 1988 and an MFA in Imaging and Digital Arts from UMBC in 1997. She is a full-time professor at MICA, where she teaches in Foundation; Film and Video; and Community Arts. She has received numerous awards for her film work, including an Independent Filmmaker Project Lab Fellowship in 2011. Her shorts have been seen in film festivals around the U.S. and via distribution abroad.
Kirsten’s first feature film, Us Naked: Trixie & Monkey will premiere at DOC NYC 2014. Us, Naked is a portrait of circus-burlesque innovators Trixie and Monkey who stop at nothing to bring their peculiar, unpredictable, and glamorous act to a global audience. Seven-years-in-the-making, the film explores the sacrifices made for one’s passion, the meaning of success, and the strength that comes from partnership.
Kirsten is also the director of W.I.N.G.S. – a documentary collaboration cultivating self-respect for girls becoming women in Baltimore’s inner city. W.I.N.G.S. stands for Witness, Innovate, Nourish, Grow, and Share. Eight-years-in-the-making, W.I.N.G.S. is a portrait of seemingly different girls and women living on opposite sides of Baltimore City. Ultimately the group comes together to film each other’s lives and in the process redefines their ideas of family. W.I.N.G.S. will be part of Creative Capital’s “On Our Radar” program in the winter of 2015 and is slated for release in 2016.