Of her film, Kelly said: “Everyone had a story about Pete [my father]. He was a gambler, drinker, trickster, and storyteller—and, after his death, he became a folk hero. The film narrates those many viewpoints from family and friends—and leaves us with a sad, still, piercing silhouette of this man who "was always himself. It was really hard for me to make this piece about my dad. I donated part of my body to pay for the plane ticket to California and a week after surgery I was interviewing my dad's ex-wife, the aunt I never met, and his ex-business partner and best friend. At times I was so physically and mentally exhausted from hearing these stories that I wanted to stop. It was my thesis work though, so I had to just keep working.”
PNCA 2012 BFA Thesis
I collected stories about my deceased father from friends and relatives, which shaped the construction of an animation. Everyone who knew Pete Fry has a story about him—the final animation reflects the many sides of one man that only a storyteller could create. Whether the account is accurate or adequate often forms the focus of attention. But this work does not attempt to be accurate, instead it offers and asks the question: what is accurate and what is real?