Assistant Professor

Year Started at JMU: 2016

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Imelda O’Reilly is an Assistant Professor of film and an award-winning filmmaker who received her MFA in film from Columbia University’s graduate film program. Her films have screened worldwide including, Rhode Island International Film Festival, International Film Festival de Creteil, Cyprus International Film Festival. Her film Bricks, Beds and Sheep’s Heads is currently touring Mexico and Eggs and Soldiers has just been acquired for distribution in Europe via Shorts TV Europe.  She has directed for F5 Networks in Shanghai, short documentaries, music videos and worked as a Field Producer for Kaleidoscope Productions.  Imelda received a Fulbright Fellowship to Morocco to shoot her film Bricks, Beds and Sheep’s Heads which was a regional finalist for the Student Academy Awards. As a commissioned writer on Song For New York with Mabou Mines her writing was developed through the Sundance Theater Lab. Her screenplays have been finalists for the Sundance Institute Screenwriting Lab and the Sundance Institute | You-Tube New Voices Lab. Imelda is a produced playwright and published poet. She has a collection of poems entitled I Wake in Half Dream published by Lapwing Press. Her fiction appears in an anthology of Irish fiction titled Shenanigans published by Scepter in the UK.  Imelda spent three years in Singapore as an Arts Professor in the graduate film program for New York University under artistic director Oliver Stone. Prior to JMU she also taught at Barnard College, Hunter College and the School for Visual Arts.


Fulbright Fellowship

New York Foundation for the Arts

The Irish Arts Council

Culture Ireland

The City University of New York

The Critical Language Enhancement Award in Morocco

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