Nancy Kelly is an independent filmmaker, working in documentary and narrative film. With Kenji Yamamoto, she made REBELS WITH A CAUSE, Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress, Frances McDormand, REBELS WITH A CAUSE is about ordinary citizens who banded together to protect and preserve open spaces near urban areas for parks and farms from rampant development. REBELS aired on public television through American Public Television. Prior to REBELS, she created a documentary trilogy about the transformative power of art. TRUST: SECOND ACTS IN YOUNG LIVES which aired on the PBS America ReFramed series. SMITTEN which aired as a PBS Primetime Special, where 100% of PBS stations aired it. DOWNSIDE UP which aired on the PBS Independent Lens series and internationally on the series TRUE STORIES: LIFE IN THE USA. She directed and produced a trilogy of films that take an alternative view of the American West, including the narrative film THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD, starring Rosalind Chao and Chris Cooper.
Nancy is a self-taught filmmaker. She was a fellow at the Sundance Institute Directors Lab; at the Banff Centre for the Arts; and at the Bay Area Video Coalition MediaMaker program. She is a member of New Day Films.