Karly Stark is an experimental filmmaker, educator, and preservationist based in Oakland, California. They hold a BA in Film Studies from UC Berkeley (2012) and an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University (2016). Karly currently works as a Lecturer at SFSU, where they have taught numerous courses in Experimental Filmmaking, Writing on Cinema, Feminist Science Fiction, and Queer & Trans Film Theory. They also work full-time as a Digitization Specialist for the Media Resources Center & Library Imaging Services at UC Berkeley, using their expertise to  photograph & preserve film, media, and print materials for educational use and accessibility.

As a curator, Karly is passionate about showcasing the voices of local queer artists and the possibilities inherent in projecting in public space. Their curatorial positions have included Program Director/Curator at The Great Wall of Oakland (2014-2017) and Guest Curator at the Frameline San Francisco LGBT Film Festival (2016). In 2018, Karly completed a fellowship on Arte Útil under artist Tania Bruguera at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, where they researched the politics of public projection and created a prototype for a community-driven public projection space in Oakland.

Karly's creative work focuses on experimental modes of cinema, incorporating lyrical, essay, and diary film forms that explore human experience and memory through a queer lens. Karly's films have screened widely and internationally at such venues as the British Film Institute, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, MIXNYC, San Francisco Cinematheque, SFMOMA, and the Pacific Film Archive. Their short works are currently distributed by Collectif Jeune Cinéma and Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Center.




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