Ramey Newell is an award-winning filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist who splits her time between British Columbia, New Mexico, and Oregon. 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; and Antimatter in Victoria, Canada. Ramey’s experimental and documentary films have also earned accolades such as the Jury’s Stellar Award (Grand Prize) at Black Maria Film Festival (2018) and Best Director at Mirror Mountain Film Festival (2017). Her editorial photography has been published in regional, national, and international magazines including Backpacker and New Mexico Magazine, and her fine art photography has been exhibited at venues such as The Polygon Gallery in Vancouver, Canada and Deluge Contemporary Art Gallery in Victoria. Her graphic design company, Rangefinder Studios, has completed projects for the National Park Service, Pew Charitable Trust, Western Conservation Foundation, Sustainable Harvest International, Amargosa Conservancy, and numerous other organizations.
Ramey holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography (High Honors) from New Mexico State University, where her thesis project was granted the President’s Award for Excellence. She later completed a Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Practices and a Certificate in College Teaching from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Art from the University of British Columbia. Ramey was also a 2016 Flaherty Seminar Fellow, and a 2019 IWFF Filmmaker Fellow and Independent Imaging Film Farm participant. She currently teaches video and documentary production at University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus.
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Ramey gained an early appreciation for open spaces, forests, and mountains that has persisted throughout her adult life and permeates much of her creative work. When she’s not making art, she enjoys hiking in deserts and high country, rock climbing, playing tennis, gardening, and traveling with her partner and their spotty dogs.
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“Meet the Filmmaker” (interview), Thomas Edison Film Festival, May 2021
“Culture of Contamination”, SciArt Magazine (New York, USA), Volume 43, December 2020
On-Screen from Labocine: “Insecta,” from the March 2019 issue, “A Modern Bestiary” — Allison Palenske, SciArt Magazine (New York, USA), Volume 36, April 2019
Eyes on Conservation Podcast, “The Wolves of Denali” (Episode 183), August 22, 2019