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Allison Walsh


Allison Walsh is an independent documentary filmmaker, freelance videographer, and fine artist, who is committed to local political advocacy and documenting social issues in the Midwest. Walsh’s films have screened around the world including Paris, France (Paris Art and Movie Awards), Sayulita, Mexico (Festival Sayulitaand Chicago, Illinois (Pride Film Fest, Femme Filmmakers Showcase). She is the recipient of an Acorn Equality Grant, awarded to work that positively impacts the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons and allies. She has been invited to speak about her films at Western Illinois University and the El Paso Museum of History. Walsh is a recent graduate of the internship program at Kartemquin Films in Chicago. During her time at Kartemquin, she worked on the documentary film Dilemma of Desire, led by the Emmy and Peabody award-winning director Maria Finitzo and Chicago Story, led by the Oscar-nominated director Steve James.

Documentary Films

Teaching About Religion (current)

Director/Producer, Cinematographer, Editor

In a midwestern suburban high school, students take a World Religion class that challenges their assumptions about religion, culture, and society.

The Daily Aesthetics of Alexander Martin (2018)

Director/Producer, Cinematographer, Editor

A short documentary film about a queer artist and drag queen living in Peoria, Illinois. Barcelona International Short Film and Video Festival (Barcelona, Spain); MICGénero, (Mexico City, Mexico); Pride Film Fest (Chicago, IL); LowRes X Moonrise Femme Filmmakers Showcase (Chicago, IL); Acorn Equality Fund Grant.

Enes Kanter and the Importance of Education (2018)

Director/Producer, Cinematographer, Editor

A video about education and religious literacy from the perspective of NBA basketball star and social justice advocate, Enes Kanter. The video includes an interview with Kanter, footage of the Prospect High School boys’ and girls’ basketball summer camp, and an interview with the varsity boys’ basketball coach and World Religions teacher, John Camardella.

 Parallel Lines (2017)

Director/Producer, Cinematographer, Editor

A short art film/documentary film hybrid that follows a border patrol agent and former undocumented nanny living at the U.S.-Mexico border of El Paso and Juarez. Paris Art and Movie Awards (Paris, France); Festival Sayulita (Sayulita, Mexico).

Bus 15 (2017)

Director/Producer, Cinematographer, Co-Editor

A short documentary film about riders of Peoria’s CityLink bus, where passengers narrate where they are going, where they are coming from, and what challenges they are trying to overcome. 48-Hour Film Fest (Peoria, Illinois).

 Food for Thought/ Who’s Missing (2017)

Director/Producer, Cinematographer, Editor

A short documentary film produced for Peoria NPR Radio about the Mexican migrant workers who harvest pumpkins in Morton, IL, the largest producer of pumpkins in the world and home of the Morton Pumpkin Festival.

 Iron Man and Iron Woman (2017)

Director/Producer, Cinematographer, Editor

A short documentary film about a zany Peoria couple who competes in Ironman triathlons while maintaining high-ranking jobs and not-for-profit leadership roles.


Freelance Video Experience

City of Peoria Innovation Team (2018)

Freelance videographer

A four-part video series that shares how the Bloomberg-Philanthropies funded Innovation Team addresses the biggest challenges facing the city of Peoria through creative, strategic approaches.


Peoria Downtown Living (2017-2018)

Freelance videographer

A series of videos for the Downtown Development Corporation of Peoria highlighting downtown apartments, condos, and recreational activities.

Career Spark (2017, 2018)

Freelance videographer

A video about Career Spark, an event hosted by the Economic Development Council of Greater Peoria for 3,500 job-seeking students. 



Internship, Kartemquin Educational Films, Spring 2019

BFA, Painting, Minor in Philosophy, Bradley University, 2017

BA, Spanish, Bradley University, 2017

Summa Cum Laude, Division I Golf


Film Programming and Teaching Experience

 Big Picture Film Festival (2018-2019)

Founder and Program Director

An annual short film festival for international and Central Illinois filmmakers to come together and celebrate their work. The festival connects participants with well-known judges in the film and television industry and is an accessible event with donation-based tickets at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Big Picture offers a $3,000 filmmaker grant to one emerging filmmaker in Peoria.


Peoria Public Schools Film Classes (2018-2019)

Film Instructor

Summer and after-school filmmaking classes for Peoria Public School middle school and high school students, where kids learn the basics of pre-production and how to create their own films.



El Paso Museum of History (2019)

Invited speaker

Delivered a lecture following a presentation of my short documentary film, Parallel Lines.

Western Illinois University (2018)

Invited speaker

Delivered a lecture following a presentation of my short documentary film, Parallel Lines.





Sixty Inches from the Center (Chicago, available online)

Ukayzine (available in Peoria, Chicago, London, Paris)


Not-for-Profit Organizations

Big Picture Initiative, founder and program director of the Big Picture film festival, (2018-2019)

Peoria Art Guild, board member, (2018-2019)

Yaku Peoria, videographer and co-chair of digital marketing (2017-2019)


Exhibitions (solo or two person*)

 Prairie Center Alumni Exhibition, Prairie Center of the Arts, Peoria, IL- August 2018 

 Bradley Alumni and Faculty Show, Madron Gallery, Chicago, IL - June 2018

 Nude Attitude, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL- April 2018

 *Parallel Lines: The Multimedia Exhibition, Prairie Center of the Arts, Peoria, IL - February 2018

 Biannual Art Exhibition, Maxam Building, Peoria, IL- September 2017 

 *Video/Sound Collaboration with Lowell-Levene Sims, Art Garage, Peoria, IL- July 2017

 6x6x2017, Rochester Contemporary, Rochester, NY- June 2017 

 *Bachelors of Fine Arts Exhibition, Prairie Center of the Arts, Peoria, IL-May 2017

 Action/Reaction, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL- April 2017

 Personal Space, Art St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri- January 2017

 Fragments, Burt Chernow Gallery, Bridgeport, Connecticut- November 2016

 *Allison Walsh, Ear in the Envelope, Peoria, IL- May 2016

 Shrine, Project 1612, Peoria, IL- March 2016

 Postcards for Barbara, Prairie Center of the Arts, Peoria, IL- October 2015

 ME Self Portrait Exhibition, Studios on Sheridan, Peoria, IL- October 2015

 On the Edge, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL- May 2015

 Bradley University Sculpture Department Show, Studios on Sheridan, Peoria, IL- May 2015



Prairie Center of the Arts, Peoria, IL- May 2017—February 2018

Project 1612, Peoria, IL- March 2016



Filmmaking Culture is Growing in Peoria, Peoria Journal Star - August 2019

Creating Sensory Experiences, Peoria Magazines - May 2019

Allison Walsh, WomenCinemakers, Biennial Edition - June 2018

Collecting with Intention, Peoria Magazines - May 2018

Three Simple Words: What Divides Us, Sixty Inches from the Center - March 2018

Bridging the Border, Bradley University - June 2017



Bradley University Collection of Art