"The best movie about volatile race relations in America in recent years might also be one of the least analyzed: Kelly Gallagher's Pen Up the Pigs. In its bold, aggressive denunciation of white supremacy and the ongoing enslavement of black Americans (especially in the penal system), Gallagher's film reveals the cowardice of most other movies that are purportedly about race relations. Through its use of still-images animated into movement and perfectly-placed soundbites by black intellectuals and freedom fighters such as Fred Hampton and Angela Davis, it also reveals the discursive power of found footage and non-narrative forms, developing a cyclical style reminiscent of writers as diverse as Karl Marx and Frantz Fanon... Explosive films like Gallagher's are incredibly valuable in fomenting outrage and providing even momentary catharsis; Pen Up the Pigs might make us believe that something *can* be done, this violent force can be confronted." -Matthew Levine for Found Footage Magazine

“[Gallagher’s] films seek to mobilize the voices of radical figures such as, for example, Assata Shakur or Queen Mother Moore, using hand-made animation to visualize and give shape to their words. Using a variety of forms and styles, such as the found footage essay, collage animation or experimental live action, Gallagher marshals her material into raw statements of anger and intent. This bold and colourful montage aesthetic incorporates paper cut-out collages from magazines or thrift store bookshop finds, 16mm found or confiscated footage, oil painting animation and hand-drawn rotoscoping. Images explode onto the screen in a carnival of colour and iridescence: glitter, thick and sumptuous paint, or purple-tinted translucent oil on clear 16mm leader draw attention to the tactility of the hand-made process involved. Through teaching animation, touring her films at radical film festivals and making her work free and accessible online, Gallagher’s work both provokes and invokes others to share their stories. In doing so, these films celebrate the strength that can be gained from, in the film-maker’s own words, “using one’s hand to shape her own stories.”” -Sophia Satchell-Baeza for La Furia Umana

“That rad wunderkind, Kelly Gallagher!” -Craig Baldwin

Her work is accessible and poignant; she’s a virtuoso when it comes to animation.” -Anthony Buchanan


“A ferocious, vibrant, experimental animation chronicling the “Herstory” of women in film!” -Elisabeth Subrin on The Herstory of the Female Filmmaker

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