Kimberly Warner is a filmmaker and photographer 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, Crocs, NWEA, Nintendo, 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 and is currently in pre-production. Her latest film 9 premiered in February 2014 at the Portland International Film Festival, won Best Oregon Short and is now screening 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. Early 2014 she co-wrote, 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. Currently she is in production of 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 aims to develop a deeper understanding of how an intensive discipline in the arts can shape a child’s life.
Following a bike accident in 2014, Kimberly developed chronic, debilitating vertigo, which necessitated that she trade big screens for balls of wool. Digital frames for three-dimensional, analog comfort. When she’s fully recovered, there is a documentary to be told of the twisted, terrifying and ultimately soul redeeming journey of healing. But until then, the quiet passing of a needle through wool is helping her return to the simple and profound joy of creating. Needle felting has become a lifeline in her recovery. Each figure takes hundreds of hours to sculpt but the satisfaction of creating during this immense chapter of simplicity and uncertainty is bringing 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, exhibited in galleries across the country and has a commissions waitlist through the end of 2017.