Biography

P Sam Kessie is a British born Ghanaian producer, writer, photographer, movement and performance film/video maker. Her works span across several genres, including fiction, documentary, hybrids, music videos, dance films, and 16mm experimental shorts. Her interests focus on how society perceives the “other” in cinema and dance, investigating the complex discourse of ideas about the body on screen through intersectional identities shaped by life-changing events. Kessie currently observes the way we move in society juxtaposed with how technology and language affect us as a global village and civilization, and explores identity using bodily performance/re-performance through dance as represented by movement, labor, class and gender as it relates to suspense and horror.

Kessie has exhibited and presented her moving image work domestically and internationally at festivals and institutions such as at the National Geographic Society, Zanzibar International Film Festival, Carthage Film Festival, and Cambodia Film Festival. She is an alumna of the Berlinale Talent and Durban Talent and has participated with her directorial screen dance debut project, 'Unbalanced', at Produire au Sud Script Studio in Durban, Open Doors Co-production Market at Locarno Film Festival, and Durban FilmMart at Durban International Film Festival. Her experimental choreocinema works in dance and movement using cinematic tools have been broadcasted on Iowa Public Access Television’s The Film Lounge, screened at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Alternating Currents Festival, the 47th Dance on Camera Festival presented by Dance Film Association and Film at Lincoln Center, Yonkers Film Festival (YoFiFest) and exhibited at the Museum of Impossible Forms in Helsinki, Finland.

As a recent MFA graduate in Film and Video Production from the University of Iowa, Kessie is completing post-production on a dance film short, in development with her first feature-length film, and in pre-production for a movement video and installation piece exploring female ritual dances in private spaces. She lives and produces work across the US and Ghana through her production company, Sankofa Pictures, and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in Film and Video at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.