TV and Film

Kelly-Anne Riess is the director and producer of Finding Al  - A Documentary, which examines the folklore and hard evidence that connects Al Capone to Canada.

As part of this project, Riess was one of 15 emerging Canadian talents selected to receive a Telefilm Micro-Budget Production Grant.

In 2013, Riess won the MTS Stories from Home $20,000 Pitch Competition at the Gimli Fim Festival for the documentary Artist by Night. The film premiered at the same festival a year later and is now currently available through MTS Video On Demand in Manitoba. 

A CTV National Fellow at the Banff World Media Festival in 2011, Riess has worked as a writer, unit director and researcher on the TV show Crime Stories, which aired on History Television, A&E Biography and Discovery Investigation and was produced by Partners in Motion. Traveling across North America, Riess interviewed police officers who solved some of the world's most high profile gruesome crimes.

In 2007, Riess had the pleasure of working as a researcher and managed the public relations for several productions at Cooper Rock Pictures.

She worked on the premiere screenings of the Gemini award-winning Drug Class that documents six teens who struggle with drug and alcohol abuse.

She also worked on Cooper Rock's biography of the founder of the College of Notre Dame Pere Athol Murray, Struggle and Emerge (SCN) and the reality documentary series The Truth Behind Yourself that followed six people who sincerely wanted to change their lives, can't -- and were willing to submit themselves to the advice of life coach Ellen Goldhar for Canadian Learning Television.

And Riess helped out on Cooper Rock's Concert in Canna for Bravo TV.


Riess was a researcher on the TV series The Limelighters for Autumn Productions that aired on Global Television. The show followed  retired performing artists who, without the means to sustain themselves, have found themselves living in the Stratford Performing Artists Lodge.

She has also written and produced a number of short films that have screened in film festivals across Canada and aired on SCN's 15 Minutes of Fame. 

Riess completed a feature film script with the support of SaskFilm and Super Channel in 2009.

Her first television job was working at the CBC Newsworld offices in Calgary, where she was a part of the team that covered a number of top international stories, such as the SARS crisis and the American invasion of Iraq.

Riess is a member of the Writers Guild of Canada.