Kimberly Warner is a filmmaker, photographer and model based in Portland, Oregon. After receiving her degree in Pre-Med and Biology at Colorado College and pursuing her Masters degree at NCNM in Classical Chinese Medicine, Kimberly abruptly changed paths and has never looked back. Her work, still founded in a passion for the psychological and mythological patterns that influence healing, has traded herbs for a camera, prescriptions for storytelling. Her photography has been featured and published in Muse Magazine, Bokeh Magazine, It’sNiceThat, Cool Hunting, Photographer's Forum: Best of Photography edition, and has won the Julia Cameron Award for Outstanding Photography and first place in the Oregonian's PNW annual photography contest. Commercial clients include: Microsoft, The Portland Clinic, Dehen Knitting, Portland State University, BRAVO Youth Orchestras, Simple Shoes, Recess Fitness, Portland Edible Gardens, Refuge In Grief, Crocs, NWEA, Nintendo, Ninety7, and Michelle DeCourcy Collections.
Kimberly's first short film CPR has screened nationally and internationally, won the silver award at the Oregon Film Awards and received an award of merit at the Women's Indie Fest in Santa Monica, CA. Her feature screenplay The Stylist was a finalist in The Alliance of Women Filmmakers and won a bronze award at the Oregon Film Awards. Her last narrative film 9 premiered at the Portland International Film Festival, won Best Oregon Short and has now screened at festivals around the globe. In addition to writing and directing her own films, Kimberly has worked as Production Designer and Editor on a number of local narrative films and commercial brand videos. She co-wrote, shot, storyboarded and directed an inspirational and interactive ethos for Microsoft’s design and engineering team as they envision into the future of their company as humanists first, technologists second. In 2016, she was awarded a RACC grant to begin her first documentary “Music Changes Everything” - a chronicle of the community, families and individual lives impacted by an ensemble-based classical music program for underserved youth. The documentary vignettes aims to develop a deeper understanding of how an intensive discipline in the arts can shape a child’s life.
More recently, following a bike accident, Kimberly developed a neurological disorder called MdDS which necessitated that she trade big screens for balls of wool. Digital frames for three-dimensional, analog comfort. Needle felting has become a lifeline as she learns to live with her perception of constant motion. Each figure takes hundreds of hours to sculpt but the satisfaction of creating has brought shape and meaning to her days. Her current, hairless cat series - with their exposed bones and curves - intimately expresses the vulnerability and raw, fragile aliveness that is the truth of who we all are, especially when "our protective furs" have fallen away. Her sculptures have been featured in Surface Design Magazine, Regional Arts Council Up-and-Coming Fiber Artists, and has exhibited in galleries across the country.
To read more about her journey living with MdDS, go to: www.liferaftmdds.com