Kim Shively


Kim Shively is a filmmaker whose projects are largely interested in exploring representations of landscape, nature, and mortality in popular culture. Much of her work originates with the idea of the palimpsest – a surface or place on which texts, ideas, and histories are continually being created and erased. The traces of what’s left behind are where Shively’s work begins. She is also a compulsive documenter; her own archive often functions as inspiration and as material for future projects. ¬†She is currently in production on a project that explores the importance of D.I.Y spaces and D.I.Y. culture in the 21st century.

Beginning in 2012, Shively has collaborated on a number of projects with the Colorado based art collective M12. In 2014 she completed work on the film “Farmers and Ranchers”, a collaboration with Dutch artist Wapke Feenstra and M12.

Shively began her work in film with the release of “Wesley Willis’s Joy Rides”. The feature-length documentary, started more than 12 years ago, tracks the strange and energetic life of one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most prolific –and bizarre –performers. Joy Rides received a Golden Hugo in 2008 from the Chicago International Film Festival and set Shively on a career path that has earned her repeat distinctions including: appearances at a number of prestigious film festivals including Slamdance and SXSW, a Telly Award for editing on the documentary film “Still”, and a best music documentary award from Westword for the film “Warlock Pinchers: Will There be Blood?”.

Shively produces, shoots and edits her own work. She has done work for the award winning production/post-production company, Milkhaus where she worked on a wide array of documentary and commercial projects. A selection of her clients include: The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Human Rights Campaign, Fentress Architects, Exhibit A Pictures, The Gill Foundation, M12, and The Clyfford Still Museum. She has worked as an assistant editor on a number of award-winning documentary films including; “They Killed Sister Dorothy” (HBO),”Iron Ladies of Liberia” (ITVS), “Come Back to Sudan” and “The People Vs. George Lucas (SXSW).

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