Kelley Baker – The Angry Filmmaker

A graduate of USC’s film school, Kelley has a BA and an MFA in film production. He is an author, (The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide: Part One & Part Two) and an Independent Filmmaker. He has written and directed three full‑length features (Birddog, The Gas Café, & Kicking Bird), eight short films and quite a few documentaries.

His films have aired on PBS, Canadian and Australian television, and have been shown at Film Festivals including London, Sydney, Annecy, Sao Paulo, Sundance, Chicago, Aspen, Mill Valley and Edinburgh.

In addition to his own films he was the sound designer on six of Gus Van Sant’s feature films including, My Own Private Idaho, Good Will Hunting, and Finding Forrester, and Todd Haynes film, Far From Heaven. He also did the sound on Will Vinton’s, The Adventures of Mark Twain, and three Claymation specials for CBS.

Kelley’s second book, The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide Part Two: Sound Conversations With (un)Sound People, is a collection of interviews with some of the leading audio people in the film business today, talking about what they do, and giving out lots of advice to filmmakers on ways to make their films sound better. (

Kelley’s vision of Independent Filmmaking is unique. He believes in complete control of his own work from script to screen. He writes and directs all of his films and self-distributes them.   He travels the country showing his fiercely independent work at Art House theaters, media art centers and at universities and colleges.

Kelley believes that a filmmaker must retain the rights and control of his/her work and that marketing and distribution are just as important as the writing and making of films. Filmmakers must know every aspect of the business so that they can create the careers that they see for themselves in the future.

Against all odds, Kelley is currently finishing up a feature length documentary, Dangerous: Kay Boyle. A personal project he has passionately pursued for over 25 years.