about

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Ormiston Gorge, NT pic by Stu Mannion

echotango = sound & movement

echotango is the umbrella for projects produced, directed and collaborated on by me, Alex Kelly. 

I’m an artist, 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. >>>

EXPERIENCE

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, DriveNorthcott 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 2008.

I’ve also worked in a number of roles on documentary films including; producer of Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji production manager on the drama shoot for Coniston: Telling It True and director of Queen of the Desert.

AWARDS

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. I was recently awarded a 2016 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship.

CURRENT PROJECTS

I am currently on maternity leave – although I am still dabbling in various projects and directing Something Somewhere Film Festival; next edition 20-23 April 2017.

I recently spent two and a half years working as part of the outreach team on Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis’ project This Changes Everything and am currently collaborating with filmmaker Gabrielle Brady on her feature documentary film ISLAND.

I am passionate about justice, solidarity and big desert skies.