Department of Theatre and Film

Holly Hey, Professor of Film

Holly Hey, Assistant Professor of Film, University of Toledo

Holly Hey is currently a professor of film and video production within the Department of Theatre and Film at The University of Toledo. She is also the current head of the Film program. Professor Hey holds a MFA in filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in photography from Ohio University. Her work has screened at professionally recognized festivals including The Aesthetica Short Film Festival – York, UK, the Ann Arbor Film Festival –Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Athens International Film and Video Festival ­– Athens, Ohio, the Mix Festival -New York, the Onion City Film Festival -Chicago, the Denver International Film Festival, the Vancouver Queer Film and Video Festival, among other national and international venues.

In addition Professor Hey has also had her short documentary Rat Stories distributed through The National Educational Television Association (NETA), Rat Stories, a thirty-minute documentary undermines stereotypes about rats to examine the importance of human connection, NETA distributes content for PBS licensees and educational entities in all 50 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Professor Hey is an "undependent" filmmaker and an experimental weaver of media who strives to provoke active relationships between her cinematic art and the diverse audiences that it reaches. Her work, influenced by post-modern and queer theory, experimental, personal, structural, and feminist film, employs a wide range of practice including: single-channel work that is screened within film festivals, micro-cinemas and on public broadcast stations, mixed-media and installation art that is shown in galleries, and live performance and multi-media integration within performance art and the performing arts of theatre and music. Each practice is a unique opportunity to intersect or to undermine conventional methods for telling stories via the moving image.

Holly Hey’s Latest News

Professor Hey screens her first person short experimental film, the dum dum capital of the world (major funding from the LEF Moving Image Foundation) at The Aesthetica Short Film Festival York, UK. 2015 has been a banner year for Professor Hey’s first person experimental documentary, the dum dum capital of the world, with screenings at some of the nation’s most premier venues for experimental work including the Ann Arbor and Athens Film and Video Festivals.

Also, Professor Hey has directed Tilly The Time Traveling Earthworm, a multi-media interdisciplinary project, produced by the College of Communication and the Arts (CoCA) at the University of Toledo. Students from across CoCA in Art, Broadcasting, Theatre, and Film produced content for this 28-minute pilot episode for WGTE, Toledo’s public broadcast station. Tilly The Time Traveling Earthworm has a release date of 2015.

Last Updated: 6/27/22