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Kyle Henry

School of Communication

Associate Professor of Film Production
Filmmaker, Film Producer, Film Editor


Areas of Focus

  • Independent film production
  • Documentary filmmaking
  • Narrative fiction filmmaking
  • Documentary/fiction film editing
  • Film producing
  • Self distribution
  • Film financing and distribution


Themes and areas of focus for documentary and fiction works:

  • Eldercare
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Midlife crisis
  • Global warming crisis, impact on narrative storytelling
  • Family archives and relationship to storytelling
  • Community and global conflict
  • Psychoanalysis


Henry's work spans both fiction, documentary, and experimental filmmaking, with works screened at major festivals like Sundance, Cannes' Directors' Fortnight and SXSW.  His feature narrative directing debut Room premiered at both the Sundance and Cannes film festivals and was nominated for two Film Independent Spirit Awards. His feature documentary University Inc., about the corporatization of higher education, and American Cowboy, about a gay rodeo champ, received wide festival play after SXSW festival premieres, with the former touring colleges and universities throughout North America as part of The McCollege Tour, supported in part by filmmakers Michael Moore and Richard Linklater. Henry is editor of the Sundance/Tribeca/SXSW award-winning feature fiction narrative Manito and ten documentary features including: Audience of One, Light from the East, the PBS/ITVS-funded Troop 1500 and Letters from the Other Side, and Showtime’s Trinidad. Recently, he edited the Emmy Award-winning Where the Soldiers Come From and the SXSW premiere Before You Know It. His short film Fourplay: Tampa premiered at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and played at Sundance. His Fourplay feature anthology premiered at Frameline, then toured internationally to over thirty engagements, receiving U.S. distribution via TLA Releasing. His most recent film, the partially devised fiction feature Rogers Park, premiered at the 2017 Chicago International Film Festival, then toured theatrically throughout North America, garnering a New York Times Critics’ Pick as well as a 100% Fresh rating on the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. Henry also has created content and worked as a consultant for numerous corporate partners and non-profits.