Kelly Huang, up-and-coming documentary filmmaker, environmental enthusiast and 75F videographer takes sustainability to heart. Her work, Unspoken and A Refugee’s Story: Khamsay Huang, were screened at the Illusion Theater in Feb 2016, as well as the New Ulm Film Society in May 2017. She’s worked on two projects that won an Upper Midwest Emmy and she received first place at the Blockhead Film Festival and second place in the Student Juried Exhibition in 2015. Her passion for storytelling and the environment first developed in grade school and have remained core values ever since. Check out the below video to see what working at 75F means to Kelly.
Interview with Kelly
What gets you out of bed in the morning? The urge to get everything done that's on my to-do list. And some days it's the alarm clock.
What is your education and background in? I received a Bachelor of Science in Digital Film and Video Production from The Art Institutes International Minnesota. While in college, I was the public relations chair for the Lao Students Association at the U of M.
What do you most enjoy about what you do? I enjoy the process of directing and filming and then bringing the story to life through editing. It’s a great job because it’s always different. I’m never doing the same thing from day to day and the response I get from everyone on the final piece is always rewarding.
How has working at 75F changed you and your priorities? Working at 75F has lit a fire in me to start creating more- I’ve never been this active in creating content before. But it has also rejuvenated my thoughts on living green and making more sustainable decisions. I’ve convinced my dad to get solar panels on our roof to cut down our energy grid usage.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? It isn’t all the awards or screenings I’ve been asked to do, but I’m most proud of myself for taking the leap in this career path even when I was faced with doubt and minimal support from family. I took the risk and it was a great one because video is a growing medium and in high demand, further validating that I made the right career choice.
What is your goal in life? My goal is to follow through on all of my ideas and projects I wish to work on. I hope to be constantly creating and so far, it’s happening.
What’s your favorite piece you’ve ever created? Without question, my favorite is the 75F Company Culture Video. I like it more than my own films. I also really enjoyed shooting and editing A Day in the Life of the Support Team.
Anything else you’d like to share? I’m currently working with an artist that received the MN arts board grant. I’m creating a documentary about her journey to learn traditional Hmong singing. I also work part-time at ParkTV and wedding videography on the side.