echotango = sound & movement
echotango is the umbrella for projects produced, directed and collaborated on by me, Alex Kelly.
I’m an artist, activist, filmmaker & producer and I also work across campaign, communication, project and narrative strategy.
I make arts and media. Most of the time I am based in Alice Springs, Central Australia. >>>
I was a member of the arts and social change company Big hART from 2004-2014 where I was Creative Producer of the award winning Ngapartji Ngapartji project and worked on Knot@Home, Radio Holiday, Drive, Northcott Narratives and Namatjira among other projects with this amazing company.
I’ve edited a social justice magazine ‘Greenpepper‘ in Amsterdam, participated in the People’s Global Action 3rd International Conference and ‘People’s Caravan’ from Bolivia to Colombia, was part of setting up a community arts space, Irene Warehouse, volunteered as a projectionist at the Coober Pedy Drive In, been part of organising activist media events, worked on blockades, actions and protests and had a stint as the NT Triple J Arts Reporter.
I’ve been on the board of a range of media, arts and political organisations including Arid Lands Environment Centre, Engage Media and RedHOT Arts. I’ve worked as an adviser to Senator Bob Brown, former leader of the Australian Greens and at the camel races in Alice Springs I was crowned Miss Camel Cup in 2008.
I’ve also worked in a number of roles on documentary films including; producer of Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji and THE ISLAND, production manager on the drama shoot for Coniston: Telling It True and director of Queen of the Desert.
I recently spent two and a half years working as the Global Impact & Distribution Producer on Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis’ project This Changes Everything.
In 2009 I was awarded the Australia Council for the Arts Kirk Robson Award and was selected as one of twenty International Youth Foundation YouthActionNet fellows. In 2010 I undertook an Australia Council residency at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, looking at organisational cultures and structures. In 2011 I received the Screen Territory Bob Plasto Fellowship and in 2012 I was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to look at social change documentary impact and outreach campaigns. In 2015 I was selected as a Screen Producer’s Australia “Ones to Watch” and with our team, won the Kickstart pitch for How to Make Trouble and Influence People. I was recently awarded a 2016 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.
I am currently collaborating with filmmaker Gabrielle Brady, producing the short film THE ISLAND and coproducing her feature documentary film The Island of Hungry Ghosts.
With two dear collaborators I cofounded and direct the Something Somewhere Film Festival in Alice Springs.
I have a new futures project in development that I am working on as part of my Sidney Myer Fellowship – to be announced soon!
I am passionate about justice, solidarity and big desert skies.