Mary Kocol is a fine art photographer and animator. She is a recipient of the 1999 Massachusetts Media Fellowship for her unique technique of photo-animation. Her latest photo-animated documentary film My Father’s Story received a Special Jury Prize at the Hiroshima 2000 International Animation Festival. It has screened at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Nashville Independent Film Festival, Atlanta Film & Video Festival, and several other noted film festivals.

Previous short films include I Was My Sister’s Maid of Honor and Is This Me? winner of Best Animation Prizes at the 1995 Ann Arbor Film Festival, 1996 Humboldt International Film & Video Festival, and the 1996 Utah Short Film & Video Festival. Both films were sold to the Sundance Channel.

Her photographs are among the collections of the New York Museum of Modern Art, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Getty Museum, and many private collections. Her work has been published in DoubleTake Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Aperture, Camera and Darkroom, and others. In 1993, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship for her photography. Her photographs are represented in Massachusetts by Gallery NAGA.

Freelance photography clients include Double Day Books, New York Times Magazine, Boston Magazine, Regional Review, Geffen Records, Palm Press, Simon & Schuster, Pearson Publishing, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, First Night Boston, Architectural Record Magazine, and others. Mary Kocol has taught photography and animation at the Rhode Island School of Design and Gordon College. She worked for the Harvard/Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Science Media Group and for "Could Be Worse!" a feature film musical by Zack Stratis that premiered at Sundance 2000.


Film Festival Participation:

Selection Committee: 2012 Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Hiroshima, Japan.

2001 DoubleTake Magazine Panelist: 'Photographers Turned Filmmakers,' House of Docs, Sundance Film Festival.

2000 Animation, motion graphics, still photography: Could Be Worse! feature film by Zack Stratis. Premiered at Sundance 2000.


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