Kate Raney

Katy Collins and Christy LeMaster in “The Cleo Project” by Kate Raney. Photo by Omar Robles

The Cleo Project

Kate’s films and videos investigate issues of identity, gender and self. In The Cleo Project, multiple women perform the same scene from Agnes Varda’s film Cleo From 5 to 7. Each actress receives direction and adjustments on-set as “Action” is called, while cameras document performer and director alike.  Combining video, film and animation, this project captures moments in which actresses negotiate the complex territory between self-embodiment and femininity as performance.


Kate Raney received her MFA in Film from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and currently teaches at Loyola University Chicago and Columbia College Chicago. She makes cut-out animations and video collages.  Kate has screened in festivals such as the Athens International Film and Video Festival, the Big Muddy Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, the Wisconsin Film Festival and the Artsfest Film Festival where her short I Love (Hate) You: Mitchum won Best Experimental Short.