Kelly Zarins

Kelly Zarins

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Education/Academic qualification

  • Master of Arts, University of Leeds

    World Cinemas

    21 Sep 2011 - 27 Nov 2013
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Wales, Newport

    Photographic Art

    1 Sep 2004 - 12 Sep 2007


Kelly is a trans-disciplinary practitioner and practice-based PhD Researcher at the International Research Centre for Interactive Storytelling (iRIS). With a background in analogue photography and essay filmmaking practices gained through a BA (hons) from the University of Wales, Newport. Kelly went on to complete an MA in World Cinemas at the University of Leeds.

Kelly founded the Leeds International Women’s Filmmaking Collective in 2015 to welcome women who had migrated to the city to co-create interactive documentary media, forming the basis of her practice-based PhD research and teaching practice. Her research focuses on blending DIY/imperfect workshop methodologies with digital forms of distribution via interactive applications and platforms, such as and Klynt. This co-constructed research explores the practical and theoretical possibilities of a radical filmmaking practice which embraces both analogue and digital methodologies to enact collaborative learning from within an interactive documentary project.

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Leeds International Women’s Filmmaking Collective:

 Closures: a Video Thesis about Workers and their Factories:


Research interests

Kelly's previous areas of research have included: the depiction of workers and migrant workers in early European and East Asian cinemas, and comparative studies into the temporal states of still and moving images.

Her current practice-based research is on the processes and experiences of collaboration and collective media-making practices in locally created interactive documentaries: with a particular focus on furthering the practices of collaborative editing techniques. The working title for her thesis is: Working towards collective filmmaking practices: Turning collaborative antecedents into collectivist methodologies in the interactive documentary.