Neil Kendricks is a San Diego-based filmmaker, artist, photographer, educator, writer, and the Film Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD). Kendricks earned a Master’s Television, Film and New Media from San Diego State University in 2006. He has written extensively about film and the arts since the early 1990s, and he has taught upper-division English courses on Techniques in Screenwriting and the Graphic Novel at San Diego State University. Kendricks also teaches History of Film as Art at Southwestern Community College.
His award-winning short films like 2002’s Loop have screened at numerous international film festivals including the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, the 2002 Havana Film Festival, and a special short-film screening at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival’s American Pavilion, among others.
The Michigan-born artist’s photography has also been exhibited at the San Diego Museum of Art, the African-American Museum of Fine Arts, London’s Royal College of Art, and many other venues. In February 2008, Kendricks’ first solo photography exhibition, Bruised Eye Candy was shown at San Diego’s Spacecraft gallery. Kendricks produced, production designed and storyboarded media theorist Jordan Crandall’s film, Heatseeking, which was shown at inSITE 2000 and exhibited in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s BitStream exhibition, the first digital-arts exhibition shown at a major American art museum.
Kendricks’ 2008 short, Beholder (co-directed with artist Jim Cavolt) screened at the 2009 San Diego Latino Film Festival and the upcoming Athens International Film and Video Festival. The filmmaker founded the popular, annual film festival, Alt.pictureshows at MCASD from 2003 to 2010. Kendricks has been writing about Comic-Con International since 1993, and his writing on the arts has been published in The San Diego Union-Tribune, Moviemaker magazine, and numerous other publications. Many of his articles are available online. A six-minute excerpt from Comics Are Everywhere screened at MCASD and the 2012 San Diego Latino Film Festival’s Frontera Filmmakers showcase. Kendricks was one of the curators of ArtPower’s inaugural Filmatic Festival at UCSD in 2014.