Filmmaker Keeley Steenson spent the last 10 years combining her freelance documentary career with roles in film festival production, including staff positions with SXSW, Cine Las Americas, New Orleans Film Festival, and Cinema Arts Festival Houston. From 2011-2015 she found a home at Cine Las Americas as Director of Outreach and Operations, developing the fundraising program, expanding year-round programming, and reaching new audiences. In 2008 she began work for director Karen Kocher, whose environmental advocacy work and interactive documentary Living Springs, was awarded the prestigious Dewey Winneburne award. As a filmmaker, Keeley has produced documentaries for the Harry Ransom Center, Foodways Texas, and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies. Her extensive work with Foodways Texas focuses on history, culture, gender and identity in Texas food and agricultural practices. Her films have screened internationally, throughout major US cities, and across Texas in both rural community venues and urban settings, like SXSW. Since 2013, Keeley’s expertise in independent film and philanthropy have led her to take on producer roles with a number of feature documentaries. She is currently producing three feature documentaries; When We Were Live (dir. John Moore) an archival film about the heyday of Public Access Television, Peyoteros (dir. Eugenio del Bosque) about the last three Mexican-American men in Texas who legally harvest and trade peyote for the Native American Church, and Dokdo (dir. Matthew Koshmrl) about three Korean individuals whose lives are defined by the tiny island of Dokdo, a disputed territory between Japan and South Korea. Keeley holds both a BA and BS in Plan II Liberal Arts Honors and Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin.
Keeley is a recipient of the City of Houston 2018 'Let Creativity Happen' artist award for her project, "This Could Be Your Public Art," an interactive multimedia tour highlighting potential sites for civic art within a changing community.