“For me, I see the world as one big nation, where everyone in it is a citizen, so it is our responsibility to make it better.”
― Nurudeen Ushawu
Filmmaking is an art that needs to be constantly refined by practicing the craft of acting, directing, and producing. It is not easy putting everything on the line to create a film that resonates with the viewers and hits a chord. Kelley Kali is a coveted filmmaker who has given her heart and soul to making films that hold value and illustrate a strong message. The global influence and profound effect of the films fashioned by the entertainment world are extraordinary. Each time an individual sees a film, they always learn from it, and it becomes a part of their life. Films can change the world as they bring awareness among the masses.
How struggles define life
“None can solve the hard problem of inhumanity; you have to solve it from inside out.”
― Abhijit Naskar
Kali has created a film called I’M FINE (Thanks for Asking) that depicts the innate issues of society that are ongoing and unbearable. The film was released on August 7, 2021, on multiple OTT platforms. The story circles around a newly widowed mother who has to face homelessness. She persuades her 8-year-old daughter that they are only going camping for entertainment as she labors relentlessly to get the money to create a new home. The film wakes up the souls of those that have no idea of the challenges and hardships a single mother has to endure. The film forces an individual to ponder over the film’s message. Kelley Kali has utilized her acting, writing and direction in the film as she gave her all to create meaningful content that resonates.
Kelley Kali has created content that is contemporary, sleek and unique. She recognizes the place the viewers are coming from and the kind of film they wish to watch. Accepting the audience’s desire to be aware of the challenges of being homeless and facing motherhood as a single woman, Kali put everything into making this film a success. Her determination and commitment were through the roof as the movie was appreciated by both the viewers and critics. It was internationally screened and won several awards, encompassing the “Multi-Hyphenate Storyteller” award from the SXSW Film Festival. Kelley and her team’s brilliant filmmaking talent was well-received through awards such as The Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature and the Persistence of Vision Award by the Florida Film Festival. Kali’s work was chosen for Seattle International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, and SXSW Film Festival.
Choosing to move ahead with dedication
“To be wealthy, powerful or famous does not matter to me. Starting a good social ripple that will turn to an ocean wave matters to me.”
― Petek Kabakci
Kali recognizes that movies are the most suitable and influential method to give out a message. Individuals have a tendency to recognize and acknowledge complications easily when there’s a powerful message. Kali’s choices and decisions regarding the work she wants to pursue have defined her vision. Before creating I’M FINE (Thanks for Asking), she made a short film in 2018 called Lalo’s House. The movie is based on facts and actual events, concentrating on two Haitian sisters kidnapped from their house and getting peddled in child sex trafficking. Kali used her directing expertise in the film with meticulousness and skill to convey the finest content for the audiences. The movie has earned multiple awards in Carthage Film Festival, Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, DGA Student Awards, and Student Academy Awards, USA.
Kali’s educational decisions denote that she has a strong-minded character that does not stray from its aims and attains them in all kinds of circumstances. She gained a scholarship at Howard University and one more for her Master’s degree in film at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Her aptitude and hunger for producing eloquent movies have purely excelled through her. She instantly earned a presidential role at the School of Cinematic Arts Graduate Council and maintained the position for three successive years. Throughout her education, she fashioned films that aided her in winning the Johnny Carson Scholarship, Jack Oakie Comedy Fellowship and Annenberg Fellowship.
She pursued her passion diligently and put her name down in Ivana Chubbuck Studios, where she was trained at a professional level. Kali’s training encouraged her to multiple filmmaking arenas, such as acting, theatre and directing. Kelley’s capabilities were inspiring and empowered her to be presented with capital from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s New Form Digital for her fantasy web series pilot, “The Discovery of Dit Dodson.” Being steadfast is critical to winning, and Kali’s vision towards movies with a renewed outlook on putting importance on social change is praiseworthy.
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