Ramey Newell, MFA


Creative Studies, Media Studies
Office: FIP 323
Email: ramey.newell@ubc.ca

Research Summary

Ecology and mass extinction, climate breakdown, the Anthropocene, scientific epistemologies, human/non-human relations, mythologies of the American West, and the expectations of documentary image.

Courses & Teaching

Film and Visual Art


Ramey Newell is a filmmaker, photographer, and multidisciplinary artist. Her moving image work has been screened at film festivals and in galleries, museums and other art spaces throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia, including: the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; Alchemy Moving Image Festival in Hawick, Scotland; Mountainfilm in Telluride, Colorado; Antimatter in Victoria, Canada; and many others. Her still photography work has been exhibited at venues such as The Polygon Gallery in Vancouver, and the New York Hall of Science in Queens, NY. Ramey was also a 2016 Flaherty Seminar Fellow, a 2019 IWFF Filmmaker Fellow and Independent Imaging Film Farm participant, a 2021 Jackson Wild Summit Fellow and Whistler Film Festival Doc Lab participant, and a 2022 Symbiosis participant at the Imagine Science Film Festival.




BFA in Photography, New Mexico State University
Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Documentary Media, University of Colorado at Boulder
Graduate Certificate in College Teaching, University of Colorado at Boulder
MFA in Visual Art, University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus

Selected Grants & Awards

2020    Explore and Create grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2019     Arts Across Canada grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2016     Artist Grant, PROP Foundation, Missoula, MT (USA)

Awards & Distinctions

2021    Director’s Choice, Thomas Edison Film Festival
2018    Jury’s Stellar Award (Grand Prize) Experimental Film, Black Maria Film Festival; Runner-up, Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize, Polygon Gallery
2017    Best Director, Mirror Mountain Film Festival
2014     Project Award, Society for Photographic Education, Southwest Region

Select exhibitions and screenings


CROSSROADS, San Francisco, CA (USA)

New York Hall of Science, SciArt Initiative, “Landscapes of Material and Mind,” New York, NY (USA)


Kamloops Museum and Archive, lobby display, Kamloops, BC (Canada)

Thomas Edison Film Festival, Hoboken, NJ (USA)

XXIV Rencontres Internationales Traverse, Toulouse (France)

The Green Channel — https://thegreenchannel.tv/


Antimatter [Media Art], Victoria, BC (Canada)

WNDX Festival of the Moving Image, “Cabin Fever,” Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

Somerville Toy Camera Festival, Somerville, Massachusetts (USA)


Cineworks, “Uncertainty Principles”, Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Deluge Contemporary Art Gallery, “Manifest Obscura” (solo exhibition), Victoria, BC (Canada) Eugene Environmental Film Festival, Eugene, OR (USA)

Labocine/Imagine Science Films, “A Modern Bestiary” New York (USA/online)

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC (Canada), “Shores”

Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival, Philadelphia, PA (USA)

Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Nevada City, CA (USA)


Access Gallery, “Workhorse, Show Pony” (auction), Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hawick, Scotland (UK)

Antimatter [Media Art], Victoria, BC (Canada)

Black Maria Film Festival, Hoboken, NJ (USA)

Black Maria Film Festival Tour

  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (USA)
  • Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA (USA)
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (USA)
  • Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, NJ (USA)
  • Richey Suncoast Theatre, Port Richey, FL (USA)
  • Florida Southwestern State College, Fort Meyers, FL (USA)

Deluge Contemporary Art Gallery, “Framing Nature”, Victoria, BC (Canada)

DocuWest Documentary Film Festival, Denver, CO (USA)

Mountainfilm, Telluride, CO (USA)

PIX Gallery, “Scaling the Insect,” Toronto, ON (Canada)

Plas Glyn-y-Weddw Arts Centre, “Borders”, Llanbedrog, Wales (UK)

The Bakery, “Material Universe,” Atlanta, GA (USA)

The Polygon Gallery, “The Lind Prize”, North Vancouver, BC (Canada)


Mirror Mountain Film Festival, Ottawa, ON (Canada)

SCINEMA International Science Film Festival (Australia – national tour)

SF International Festival of Short Films, San Francisco, CA (USA)


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