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Laura Kissel

Film and Media Studies Program
University of South Carolina

Office: 222 McMaster College
Phone Number: (803) 777-6677


M.F.A., Radio-TV-Film, Northwestern University

Laura Kissel is an Emmy nominated documentary filmmaker whose work explores contemporary social, cultural and political landscapes and the use of orphan films. She was named the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Media Arts Fellow for 2007-2008 and has received numerous fellowships and grants for her work, including a Fulbright Award, a MacDowell Fellowship, funding from the South Carolina Humanities Council and the Fledgling Fund. Recently completed short documentaries include tan mian hua and Window Cleaning in Shanghai, which premiered at the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar in 2011 and were included in The Flaherty’s touring festival City Symphonies in 2011-2012. Cotton Road, a feature length documentary about a global supply chain, is screening at national and international venues in 2014-2015. For more information: 


Laura Kissel is touring her recently completed feature length documentary, Cotton Road, and at work on a documentary short commmissioned by Southern Foodways Alliance. She is also at work on an article about Chinese documentary filmmaker Wu Wenguang's Memory Project films. 


Media Culture (FAMS 110 / MART 110) 
Documentary Production (MART 571B)
The Moving Image (MART 371)
The Role of Research in Media Arts Production (MART 701)