For almost three decades, KJ Mohr has been working in cinema as a curator, programmer, educator, filmmaker and consultant. She is currently the Director of Programming for the Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2019. She is also a Programmer for the Annapolis Film Festival. KJ teaches in the Film and Video Studies Department at George Mason University, having previously taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. KJ serves on screening committees, festival juries, and grant panels, and she works with filmmakers as a production and distribution consultant.
Previous posts have included Director of Film and Digital Media Programs at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance, where KJ founded the Charm City Queer Film Festival and worked with filmmakers in Maryland and beyond. She served as Film and Media Arts Programmer at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC, prior to which she was the curator of Conversations at the Edge, a weekly visiting artist series at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago. She got her start in film as an intern, then programmer and board member, at the seminal Chicago media arts and activist organization and film festival, Women in the Director’s Chair.
KJ’s own film work and curated programs have appeared at Anthology Film Archives in New York City, Yerba Buena Arts Center in San Francisco, the Museum of Image and Sound in São Paulo, Brazil, Chicago Film Archive, Syracuse University, and Bangkok’s Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, among many other venues around the world.