Chel White

Moving Image, 2001

A director of narrative, animated and experimental film, Chel White sites dreams and the subconscious as his greatest influences. A Rockefeller Fellow, his work has screened at the Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian; he also had a career retrospective at the Portland Art Museum in 2012. His film festival screenings include Berlin, SXSWRotterdam, Ann Arbor, Annecy and three films in Sundance. His short film, Wind, on the topic of climate change, premiered opening night in the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival with speaker Al Gore. White’s festival awards include Best Short Film from the Stockholm Film Festival, Best Animated Short from the Florida Film Festival and Best Narrative Feature from the 2012 Kansas City Film Festival for his debut feature film, Bucksville, about a radical militia in the Pacific Northwest. His most recent project, Bird of Flames, is a surrealistic video for David Lynch and Chrysta Bell. White lives in Portland, Oregon.

Awards and Accomplishments


White is featured in the book Animation Sketchbooks (Chronicle Books, 2013)


White has a 20-year film retrospective at the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR.


White's video for David Lynch wins the Audience Award for Best Experimental Short, 39th Northwest Filmmakers' Festival. 


White won Best Narrative Feature from the 2012 Kansas City Film Festival for his debut feature film Bucksville, a fictional narrative about a radical militia in the Pacific Northwest with a violent political agenda.

2008: White receives a Portland Arts Commission Fellowship

2007: _The Wind_ premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival as part of the opening night program organized by Al Gore’s organization Save Our Selves


White receives a Rockefeller Ford Foundation Media Arts Fellowship through ReNew Media for the production of a feature film, Stranded, based on his personal experience of being stranded for four days in a mountain snowstorm

2004: _Magda_ receives the Grand Jury Prize for Best Animated Short at the Florida Film Festival

2002: _Passage_ premieres at the Sundance Film Festival