Kyle Henry

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Kyle Henry is an American independent filmmaker, editor, and educator. Henry teaches film production at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, while also spending time in Los Angeles and Austin.

He received his undergraduate degree from Rice University in art and art history in 1994 and his MFA from University of Texas-Austin in film production in 1999.[1]


Henry's feature narrative debut Room (2005), a mid-life crisis thriller, premiered at Sundance’s Frontier and Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight sections in 2005. It was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards, including the John Cassavetes Award for best low-budget narrative, receiving a wide release.[2][3][4]

Henry's latest feature Rogers Park (2018), about two interracial couples going through mid-life crisis, is currently 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and is a NY Times Critics Pick. His Fourplay (2012), an anthology-of-shorts feature comprising four tales of sexual intimacy and transgression.[5] Fourplay has been screened at Outfest in Los Angeles, Sundance, Cannes' Directors' Fortnight, and was a High Jury Commendation at Iris Prize. It went on a US theatrical tour in select cities and has since been released on DVD. In his official director's statement, Henry stated about the film, “All of us want to see aspects of our lives represented so that we know we’re here, so that we know that we’re alive and we know we’re not alone.” [6][7][8]

His feature documentaries include University Inc. (1999), about the corporatization of higher education that toured nationwide with funding from filmmakers Richard Linklater and Michael Moore, and American Cowboy (1998), about a gay rodeo champ, which won a regional Student Academy Award. His short N.ew Y.ork C.asino (2002), about Times Square as a consumerist slot machine, won Best Experimental film at South by Southwest and played at museums and gallery spaces worldwide.[9][10][11][12][13][14]

He has received several grants from the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund in addition to the numerous festivals his films have played at, in addition to being a United States Artists Fellowship nominee and Rockefeller Media Artist Fellowship nominee.[15][16]

His next production in development is a biopic about Emily Dickinson.[17] It was accepted into the 2015 Film Independent Fast Track program for development.[18]


Henry was the editor of the Best Narrative Feature winner at Tribeca and at South by Southwest and Sundance Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Cast, Manito (2001), and nine feature documentaries including the 2012 Emmy Award-winning Where Soldiers Come From (2010), for which he also received, with director Heather Courtney, the Best Documentary Editing Award at SXSW in 2011.[19] [20][21] [22][23]



  • Rogers Park (2018)
  • Half-Life of War (2015)
  • Fourplay (2013)
  • Room
  • N.ew Y.ork C.asino (short - 2002)
  • University Inc. (1999)
  • Orson Welles Not Taco Bells (Splitscreen segment - 1998)
  • American Cowboy (1998)
  • Monday Morning (1996)
  • Pop Love (1995)


  • Before You Know It (2013)[24]
  • Where Soldiers Come From (2011) [25]
  • Trinidad (2008)
  • Dream in Doubt (2007)
  • Audience of One (2006)
  • The Cassidy Kids (2005)
  • Letters from the Other Side (2005)
  • Troop 1500 (2005)
  • Learning to Swallow (2005)
  • Are the Kids Alright? (2004)
  • Soviet Meditation (2003)
  • Manito (2001)
  • The Slow Business of Going (2000)
  • Togetherless (short - 1999)


  1. ^ Biography, School of Communication, Northwestern University
  2. ^ Scott Weinberg Sundance '05 Interview: "Room" Director Kyle Henry, eFilmCritic, Jan 12 2005
  3. ^ Kyle Henry, Director's Fortnight,
  4. ^ Kyle Henry, Director of "Room", indieWIRE, June 25, 2006
  5. ^ Michael Tully, FOURPLAY: Tampa, Hammer to Nail, Jan 21 2012
  6. ^ Matthew Odam, Filmmaker Kyle Henry looks to connection with 'Fourplay', "Austin Statesmen," Feb 7 2013
  7. ^ Paul Sbrizzi, A Conversation with Kyle Henry and Paul Soileau (FOURPLAY), "Hammer to Nail," July 18, 2012
  8. ^ FOURPLAY: Tampa, Director's Fortnight
  9. ^ Kyle Henry, The Independent, Aug 23 3007
  10. ^ Kyle Henry Filmography, The New York Times
  11. ^ Louis Black, Once Upon a Time in Austin, The Austin Chronicle, Mar 12 2004
  12. ^ Marc Savlov, Cowboys and Controversy, The Austin Chronicle, May 8, 1998
  13. ^ Ted Shen, [1], The Chicago Reader"
  14. ^ Kimberley Jones, Goodbye to All That, The Austin Chronicle, Nov 20 2009
  15. ^ Curriculum Vitae, School of Communication, Northwestern University
  16. ^ Kyle Henry Talks Sex on Film
  17. ^ Jason Klorfein, FOURPLAY: Interview with Director Kyle Henry, "Keep the Lights On," Oct 3 2012
  19. ^ Manito, Archives - Sundance Institute
  20. ^ Manito - Awards, The New York Times"
  21. ^ Kyle Henry, Archives - Sundance Institute
  22. ^ Jeanette Catsoulis, From Michigan to Afghanistan, and Back, The New York Times, Sept 8 2011
  23. ^ SXSW 2011 Film Awards, The Austin Chronicle, Mar 18 2011
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