Carlisle Kellam caught the art bug early, as a musician, a professional mural artist, and a professional commercial and portrait photographer. After graduating with a Theatre and English double major he went on to earn his masters degree in Philosophy, all of which have had immeasurable influence on his approach to filmmaking. Working as creative director for a small commercial production company, he wrote and directed a number of short narrative commercial pieces for brands like Hormel, McCormick, and D’Addario. As a freelance director of photography he collaborated on projects for brands like Tonka, CNN, and Cartoon Network. He helped found the Machine Theatre Company—staging both avant-garde, original, and established works. He’s made a number of short narrative and documentary films that have screened at various filmfestivals around the country. His film, A Slice of Life: Mr Snulligan, a short documentary about a blind chef, took home best short documentary at the Gwinnett center international film fest. His latest film, Comfort Farms, a feature length documentary, won the grand jury prize for documentary feature at the 2020 Film Invasion Los Angeles. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and three children.
Carlisle Kellam is an Atlanta-based filmmaker. A freelance photographer, director, producer, cinematographer, editor, and writer, for hire.
Commercial clients include: Coca-Cola; Forbes; McCormick Foods; Creative Loafing Magazine; Hormel Bacon; Burlington Stores; D’Addario guitar string company; Planet Waves; Stem Footwear; JDW: The Charlotte Agency; Chocolate Lab Records; Fit to Fight International; Entrepreneur; Carolina Actors Studio Theatre; and numerous National/local businesses and print publications.
As a filmmaker Carlisle has directed pieces for local and international documentarians including Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh and Rod Garvin Films. His latest film, Comfort Farms, a feature length documentary, won the grand jury prize for documentary feature at the 2020 Film Invasion Los Angeles. His short documentary “A Slice of Life: Mr. Snulligan” won best short documentary at the 2014 Gwinnett Center International Film Festival. Narrative films include: “The Driver” (short) Writer/Director/Cinematographer, Producer: Kelly Carl; “The Marketeer” (short) Writer/Director/Cinematographer. Produced by Carlisle Kellam/James Adduci/Samanah Kahn, Premiered 2014 Asheville Cinema Festival; “The Driver” Writer/Director/Cinematographer, Produced by Carlisle Kellam/Maria Feran; “On Falling” (short) Writer/Director/Producer, Premiered 2007 Charlotte film festival; “Guy” (short) Writer/Director, Producer: George Cochran.
SKILLS: (film/video) Producing; Conceptualizing; Directing; Lighting; Shooting (DSLR/RED/Alexa); Editing (Premiere/Final Cut); Script/Copywriting (photo) Conceptualizing; Studio lighting; Table Top; Advertising; Editorial; Location; Compositing; Retouching.
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