Kelly Showker is a filmmaker, public speaker, and writer.
Her film Slut or Nut: The Diary of a Rape Trial premiered at the 2018 Hot Docs International Documentary Festival. She won the Hollywood International Documentary Festival award for best new director. Her films have screened in festivals and in theaters in the US, Canada, and across Europe. Her written and film work is featured in POV magazine, Vice, Huffington Post, and Live in Limbo, amongst other publications.
She is a sought-after public speaker, focusing on filmmaking for activists and on the power of storytelling to heal trauma.
Kelly grew up in the Shenandoah Valley in rural Virginia. From 2004 to 2011, she lived in Uganda, Cameroon, and South Africa. During that time served in the US Foreign Service with the U.S. Department of State and worked with African filmmakers and activists to create positive change campaigns. She later worked in Washington DC at the State Department and at the US Consulate in Toronto, Canada. She holds a B.I.S. in Gender Studies and International Relations and an MFA in Documentary Media Production.
Her partner and her daughter now split their time between Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Toronto.