Kimberly Warner is a filmmaker 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. She began her new career as a photographer and 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 included: 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 transitioned from photography to film a decade into her career. Her first short film CPR 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 narrative film 9 premiered at the Portland International Film Festival, won Best Oregon Short and has screened at festivals around the globe. In addition to writing, directing and editing her own films, Kimberly has worked as production designer 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. She is an RACC grant recipient and used the funds to shoot her first documentary vignettes “Music Changes Everything” - a chronicle of the community, families and individual lives impacted by an ensemble-based classical music program for underserved youth. The videos aims to develop a deeper understanding of how an intensive discipline in the arts can shape a child’s life. She completed filming and editing a webisode series for Portland Edible Gardens in 2018 and is currently working on a webisode series for Elephant in the Room Productions called The Mourning Show. She is also in beginning stages of her Life Review project with The Dougy Center’s Pathways palliative care program where she will interview, film and edit intimate, personal videos for individuals in hospice.
Following a bike accident, Kimberly developed a neurological disorder called MdDS which necessitated that she trade big screens for balls of wool while she recovered and adapted to her new normal. Needle felting became a lifeline as she learned to live with her perception of constant motion. Each figure takes hundreds of hours to sculpt but the satisfaction of creating brought shape and meaning to her days. Her 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