about ramey

Ramey Newell is an American-Canadian filmmaker, photographer, and multidisciplinary artist who splits her time between British Columbia 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; Antimatter in Victoria, Canada; and many others. 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), Best Director at Mirror Mountain Film Festival (2017), and Director’s Choice at Thomas Edison Film Festival (2021). Her  photographic work has been exhibited at venues such as The Polygon Gallery in Vancouver, Gallery 44 in Toronto, and the New York Hall of Science in Queens, NY.

Ramey holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from New Mexico State University, and she later attained a Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Practices and a Certificate in College Teaching from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Art at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. 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 the winner of the 2022 Symbiosis competition at Imagine Science Film Festival. She currently teaches film studies, video production, and documentary film at the 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.

If you’d like more information on licensing, screening, exhibition, or hiring Ramey for assignment work, please don’t hesitate to send an email.

Artist's CV Summary

Recent + Upcoming Screenings and Exhibitions


  • Kinoskop Analog Experimental Film Festival — Belgrade (Serbia): interference patternAudience Award
  • Gallery 44, Surface, Sample, Site (group exhibition) — Toronto, ON (Canada): Manifest Obscura
  • Antimatter [Media Art] — Victoria, BC (Canada): interference pattern
  • Onion City Film Festival — Chicago, IL (USA): interference pattern


  • Imagine Science Film Festival — New York, NY (USA): interference patternWinner, Jury Prize
  • CROSSROADS — San Francisco, CA (USA): irradiance
  • New York Hall of Science, Landscapes of Material and Mind, a SciArt Exhibition (group) — Queens, NY (USA): Manifest Obscura


  • Thomas Edison Film Festival — Nationwide Tour (USA): Wolf CallDirector’s Choice Award
  • Kamloops Museum and Archives — Kamloops, BC (Canada): Manifest Obscura
  • XXIV Rencontres Internationales Traverse — Toulouse (France): irradiance
  • The Green Channel — Canada (https://thegreenchannel.tv/): Wolf Call and Insecta


  • Antimatter [Media Art] – Victoria, BC (Canada): irradiance
  • Somerville Toy Camera Festival – Somerville, Massachusetts (USA)
  • WNDX Festival of Moving Image, Cabin Fever – Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada): Insecta


  • Cineworks, Uncertainty Principles (2-person screening with Erin Espelie) – Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)
  • Deluge Contemporary Art Gallery, Manifest Obscura (solo exhibition) – Victoria, British Columbia (Canada)
  • Eugene Environmental Film Festival – Eugene, Oregon (USA): Wolf Call
  • Imagine Science Films/Labocine, A Modern Bestiary (curated program) – Labocine.com (online): Insecta
  • Mountainfilm on Tour: Wolf Call
    • Our Lady of the Snows Center, Alta, Utah (USA)
    • Rialto Theater, Loveland, Colorado (USA)
  • Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA): Wolf Call
  • Wild and Scenic Film Festival – Nevada City, California (USA): Wolf Call


  • Access Gallery, Workhorse, Show Pony (auction) – Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)
  • Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival – Hawick (Scotland, UK): Insecta
  • Antimatter [Media Art] / Deluge Contemporary Art Gallery, Framing Nature (group exhibition) – Victoria, British Columbia (Canada): Insecta
  • Black Maria Film Festival Premiere – Hoboken Historical Museum, New Jersey (USA): InsectaJury’s Stellar Award
  • Black Maria Film Festival Tour: Insecta
    • National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (USA)
    • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (USA)
    • Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA (USA)
    • Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Long Beach Township, NJ (USA)
    • Richey Suncoast Theatre, Port Richey, FL (USA)
    • Florida Southwestern State College, Fort Meyers, FL (USA)
  • Counterpath Gallery, An Evening with Christian Bök and Sommer Browning (curated program) – Denver, Colorado (USA): Insecta
  • DocuWest Documentary Film Festival – Denver, Colorado (USA): Wolf Call
  • Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Shores (group exhibition) – Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)
  • Mountainfilm – Telluride, Colorado (USA): Wolf Call
  • Mountainfilm on Tour: Wolf Call
    • Colorado State University, Pueblo, Colorado (USA)
    • Marina Park Amphitheater, Watercolor, Florida (USA)
  • PIX FILM Gallery, Scaling the Insect (curated program) – Toronto, Ontario (Canada): Insecta
  • Plas Glyn-y-Weddw Arts Centre, Borders (group exhibition) – Llanbedrog (Wales, UK): Insecta
  • Polygon Gallery, The Lind Prize (group exhibition) – North Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada): Manifest Obscura
  • The Bakery, Material Universe (curated program) – Atlanta , Georgia (USA): Insecta
  • Top Dog Film Festival – Australia (nationwide tour): Wolf Call
  • UBC Audain Art Centre Gallery, Some Kind of Darkness (group exhibition) – Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada): Manifest Obscura


  • Mirror Mountain Film Festival – Ottawa, Ontario (Canada): InsectaBest Director
  • SCINEMA International Science Film Festival – Australia (nationwide tour): Insecta
  • SF International Festival of Short Films – San Francisco, California (USA): Insecta


  • Audience Award (interference pattern at Kinoskop Film Festival) – Belgrade (Serbia), 2023
  • Mountainfilm Commitment Grant – Telluride, CO (USA), 2023
  • Media Arts Concept to Realization grant recipient – Canada Council for the Arts, 2023
  • Arts Across Canada grant recipient – Canada Council for the Arts, 2023
  • Jury’s Award winner, Symbiosis Film Competition at Imagine Science Film Festival – New York, NY (USA), 2022
  • Whistler Film Festival Doc Lab – Whistler, B.C. (Canada), 2021-2022
  • Jackson Wild Summit Fellowship – Jackson Hole, WY (USA), 2021
  • Empire of Dirt Artist Residency – Creston, B.C. (Canada), 2021
  • Director’s Choice Award (Wolf Call at Thomas Edison Film Festival) – Hoboken, New Jersey (USA), 2021
  • Media Arts Research and Creation grant recipient – Canada Council for the Arts, 2020
  • Arts Across Canada grant recipient – Canada Council for the Arts, 2019
  • Independent Imaging “Film Farm” – Mount Forest, Ontario (Canada), 2019
  • IWFF Filmmaker Fellowship – Missoula, Montana (USA), 2019
  • Jury’s Stellar Award (Insecta at Black Maria Film Festival) – Hoboken, New Jersey (USA), 2018
  • B.C. Binning Memorial Fellowship (UBC) – Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada), 2018
  • Honorable Mention: Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize (Polygon Gallery) – North Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada), 2018
  • Best Director (Insecta at Mirror Mountain Film Festival) – Ottawa, Ontario (Canada), 2017
  • PROP Foundation Artist Grant – Missoula, Montana (USA), 2016
  • Flaherty Seminar Fellowship – Hamilton, New York (USA), 2016
  • Society for Photographic Education Award – Southwest US Region (USA), 2014
  • President’s Award for Artistic Excellence (NMSU Juried Student Show) – Las Cruces, New Mexico (USA), 2014
  • James Alan Cox Scholarship for Photography – Austin, Texas (USA), 2011
  • Cary Herz Scholarship for Photography – New Mexico (USA), 2011


“One Scientist. One Filmmaker. One week to make a film.” Science Sandbox, February 2023

“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


  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
    • Master of Fine Arts • Visual Art
    • B.C. Binning Memorial Fellowship
  • University of Colorado at Boulder (Boulder, Colorado, USA)
    • Graduate Certificate • Interdisciplinary Documentary Media Practices
    • Certificate in College Teaching • Graduate Teaching Program
    • Full tuition waiver and merit grant
  • New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA)
    • Bachelor of Fine Arts (High Honors) • Photography • Journalism/Mass Comm. (minor)
    • Received 8 merit-based scholarships