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Elyse Kelly is an award-winning director based in Washington DC.


Most recently, she was animation director on Starz Network’s Seduced–a documentary series that exposes one of the most destructive cults of our time.


In 2017, she co-directed Fired Up, an animated short that depicts the origins of President Obama’s “fired up, ready to go” chant. Released on the final day of the Obama presidency, the film was featured by The Atlantic and has been viewed more than 8 million times.


Elyse has over a decade of experience in animation and film, working for clients such as Netflix, the ACLU, The Atlantic, Sesame Workshop, Columbia Records, ESPN Films, and Disney Research. Her films have won awards and been exhibited in festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Tribeca, Annecy, Zagreb, and OIAF.


Elyse is currently Adjunct Faculty in the Art & Art History Department at Georgetown University. She received her MFA in Animation & Digital Arts from the University of Southern California.


Variety (1) (2) (2018)

Tribeca X Awards Finalist (2018)

Stash Media (2018)

IndieWire (2018)

The Atlantic’s Editor Picks (2017)

Huffington Post (2017)


DCIFF – Changing the Look of Reality (2019)

NYICFF – Animators All Around (2018)

Animator’s Roundtable DC (2018)

Calarts Nonfiction Lab (2018)

Towson University (2016)

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