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ABOUT

JAMES KENNEY is the creative director of InterStitch, since 1996. He first professionally created title sequences for film and graphics for broadcast projects at IMAGINARY FORCES in Hollywood.

In 1997, Jim bought Canon’s first mini-DV camera and made his first digital film, This Side Out, edited on a frankensteined mac-clone that could barely output its 6-minute length. The film went on to tour globally at RES-Fest, the first premiere digital film festival. His second film, Ground, was also the selected the next year for the RES-Fest global tour and was featured on their Best of… distribution DVD. Jim’s film work includes three feature-length documentaries and four internationally-screened short films.

Jim was a curatorial assistant at the NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART and completed the practical film laboratory at PIXAR Animation Studios. He has bug-and-beta-tested for ADOBE. He has been honored by publications, festivals and organizations around the world. Film projects to which Jim has contributed have been awarded by prominent international film festivals and organizations, including the SUNDANCE Film FestivalL and the ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURES. He is also the founder and director of SF SHORTS: The San Francisco International Festival of Short Films.

Jim taught for thirteen years at the
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS, where he was an Associate Professor. He has degrees in painting and design, for which he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society and given the gold medal by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), respectively. He was elected as a Higher Education Leader by ADOBE and appointed to their Partners by Design advisory board. Jim is a founding board member of REAL IDEAS STUDIO, a non-profit organization which produces films and directs international filmmaking programs, including many years at the CANNES Film Festival.
HONORS / AWARDS / APPOINTMENTS / EXHIBITIONS
1991, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, inducted.
1993, National Gallery of Art, Employee Art Exhibition.
1996, Adobe PhotoShop 4, credited on splash screen.
1998,
This Side Out, short film; RESFest, global tour (NYC, SF, LA, & London); Distributed by Palm Pictures.
1998-2011, California College of the Arts, Associate Professor.
1999,
Ground, short film; RESFest, global tour (NYC, SF, LA, London, Tokyo, Berlin, & Rotterdam);
         Distributed by Palm Pictures;
Best Of RESFest, Volume 1 DVD.
1999, 2003, & 2007, California College of the Arts, awarded faculty grants.
2000-2011, Adobe (software Inc.), inducted to advisory boards: Partners by Design and Higher Education Leaders.
2001, SFMOMA, SECA Experimental Design Award Exhibition, Body Shop Interactive CD-ROM, with PostTool Design.
2002, Academy Award nomination for
Daughter from Danang, designed and animated titles and graphic sequences.
2001, Pixar, Practical Film Laboratory Fellowship.
2005, National Association of Film & Digital Media Artists, Insight Award for motion graphics sequence in film,
Soul of Justice.
2006-7,
My Dad’s Hair, short film; Cannes Short Film Corner, Rome International Film Festival (Nominated for Best Experimental Film),
           and Rooftop Film Festival NYC.
2006-2016, Real Ideas Studio, Inc, global filmmaking collaborative non-profit, Founder / Vice President.
2010,
Polack, feature documentary screenings : Red Vic Moviehouse, SF; Bug Theater, Denver; Angelika Theater, Dallas;
          and Pixar Theater, Emeryville, CA.
2011, Academy Award nomination for
Barber of Birmingham, designed and animated titles and graphic sequences.
2012,
Other Than, feature documentary, Cannes Film Festival, market premiere screening. Distributed by Snag Films.
2015,
Searching for Hell, segment director within feature documentary film, 1st documentary to premiere in Virtual Reality,
          in addition to international festival screenings.
2015, Association Internationale de la Couleur, inducted.
2015, Creative Quarterly, Runner-Up Award, Photography.
2017 Creative Quarterly, Winner, Graphic Design.
2018, Creative Quarterly, Winner, Fine Art.
2020, Techspressionism, artist group, inducted.
2021, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art,
A Digital Art Salon, juried exhibition.