Kelly Showker is a writer, filmmaker, and former U.S. diplomat. Her first feature-length documentary, Slut or Nut: The Diary of a Rape Trial, premiered at the 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival, and has been featured in the Hollywood Reporter, CBC, VICE, and in the Huffington Post, and was named the, “Most Talked About Film at Hot Docs” by Point of View Magazine, as well as one of the, “Top Ten Documentaries to Watch” by NOW Magazine. The documentary was also awarded a grant from CUPE to produce an interactive web experience and podcast.
Prior to completing Slut or Nut, Showker directed and produced the short documentary film, Etima, a personal story of coping with sexual violence within a family setting, which premiered in June 2015, at the Doc Now Festival in Toronto. She also directed and produced a short experimental film called the, Trimesters of Female Ageing, featuring music by Matador recording artist EMA.
Showker holds an MFA in Documentary Media Production from Ryerson University and a B.I.S. in Gender Studies and International Relations from Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as a Graduate Certificate from the University of Toronto in Public Relations, and a Diploma in French and Sub-Saharan African Studies from the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia.
Before becoming a filmmaker, Showker worked for the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service in U.S. Embassy’s in Kampala, Uganda, Yaoundé, Cameroon, Johannesburg, South Africa, Toronto, Canada, and in Washington D.C.
Her writing has been published in The Temper, POV Magazine, as well as in Now Magazine and she also publishes fiction under the pen name, Charlotte Dune.
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