Faculty Profile for Mr. Kenya Jeremiah Gillespie

profile photo for Mr. Kenya Jeremiah Gillespie
Mr. Kenya Jeremiah Gillespie
Lecturer — Department of Theatre & Dance
THEA 101
phone: (512) 245-2147

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Kenya Gillespie is a Japanese American filmmaker and composer based in Austin, TX. His narrative short film JEREMIAH received its international premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival (Cinéfondation) where it was nominated for the short film Queer Palm. It won Best Score at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival and was nominated for the Jury Prize for Best American Short Film at the Champs Élysées Film Festival. He was also nominated for the 2019 Kodak Excellence in the Craft of Filmmaking Award and is a three-time recipient of an Austin Film Society Grant for JEREMIAH, his narrative short MICHELLE, and his most recent narrative short GIVE. His films have screened at numerous festivals around the world.

Kenya received an MFA in Film & Media Production from the University of Texas at Austin. He also received an MM in music composition from Rice University and a BA in music from Yale University.