Filmmaking (MFA)

Kirsten D'Andrea Hollander

Kirsten D’Andrea Hollander is a full-time professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where she co-directs the MFA Filmmaking program.

Equipped with an undergraduate degree in Painting from MICA in 1988, Kirsten turned to documentary filmmaking after receiving an MFA in Imaging and Digital Arts from UMBC in 1997. Having taught in higher education for 23 years, Hollander has witnessed its profound contributions as well as its devastating shortcomings regarding inclusivity, identity, and financial support for students from underserved communities. After making short documentaries to support innovative curriculum in Baltimore’s public-school system, Hollander explored how the camcorder can be a collaborative tool to bear witness. In 2008 she launched the ‘Wings Video Skills After School Program for Girls’ which would later evolve into ‘Anatomy of Wings’, a community based feature length documentary. Prior, Hollander was selected for the 2011 Independent Filmmaker Project Fellowship to launch her first feature length documentary, ‘Us, Naked: Trixie & Monkey’, which premiered with the DOC NYC film festival in 2014; and then in 2015 received Best International Feature Length Documentary at the Netherland’s DOCfeed Film Festival; and Best Feature Length Documentary at New York’s Coney Island Film Festival. The film went into distribution with Random Media/The Orchard in 2017. And now, ‘Anatomy of Wings’, a twelve-year journey of an ensemble of women learning to see and hear each other across race, age, gender, sexuality, and disparate neighborhoods, has received the 2020 Audience Award for Feature Documentary with the Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival and will next show with SLAMDANCE, February 12-25, 2021.