Vivian Kleiman

Eureka Fellowship Awardees 2022

Vivian Kleiman is a documentary filmmaker whose work is noted for its cultural and stylistic
diversity. From the poignant to the quirky, her films always approach their subject with emotional
resonance and filmic rigor while tackling challenging subjects and filmic approaches. A longtime
collaborator with the acclaimed experimental documentary filmmaker Marlon Riggs, she served as
additional cinematographer for his landmark work Tongues Untied, and supervised the posthumous
completion of his final film, Black Is…Black Ain’t. The films garnered the George Foster Peabody Award,
Organization of American Historians’ Eric Barnouw Award, and the International Documentary
Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award. In addition, she was nominated for a national Emmy for
Outstanding Individual Achievement. A mentor to many, she served as Executive Producer of the
Academy Award-nominated animated short film Last Day of Freedom (Hibbert-
Jones/Talisman), Maquilapolis (de la Torre/Funari), Strong! (Wyman), and First Person
Plural (Borshay), among others. An educator as well, she served as adjunct faculty at Stanford
University’s Graduate Program in Documentary Film & Video Production for nine years. With a grant
from the Ford Foundation, she launched Tongues Untied@30, a 2019 year-long global celebration of the
30th anniversary, from Berkeley to Boston, from Rio to London and Mumbai. Currently, she is completing
a feature-length documentary, No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics, scheduled for release June

Still from, "Families Are Forever," 2014.
Still from work in progress, "No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics," 2019.
Still from work in progress, "No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics," 2019.