William Kelly received The Spirit Of Independents Award at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival for his first feature film, Comeback, which the International Film Journal called a "vibrant and creative. . . primer on directing without a budget", citing the “kinetic energy of its editing.”
He has written for Film Quarterly and worked as Chief Film Critic and Film Editor for COVER magazine from 1988 to 2000. Mr.Kelly edited the feature film, Broken Sole Trilogy (2007) and created a short work, “Man’s Best Friend,” for the Humane Society.
From 2000 to 2022, Mr.Kelly oversaw media production at LaGuardia Community College/City University of New York.