Kelly Parker is a Michigan born, Los Angeles based, Emmy®-winning documentary filmmaker. Most recently, she produced the feature documentary Game Girls, which premiered in documentary competition at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2018 and took home the Grand Jury Prize from the Festival International du Film Indépendant de Bordeaux.
Over the last couple years, Kelly developed and produced original series' for Link TV and KCET public television, the nation's largest independent television network, which have so far won five L.A. Emmy® Awards. The Migrant Kitchen, a character driven documentary food series that she launched in 2016 was nominated for two James Beard Awards and won two Emmy® Awards. In 2017, Kelly co-created KCET's documentary series, City Rising, about development and displacement, which won an Emmy® for Best Social Issue Film, an LA Press Club Journalism Award for Best Documentary and was nominated for an Imagen Award. Kelly also won an Emmy® for her episode of Artbound called, The Third Los Angeles, and for her work on Lost LA, KCET's flagship history series.
Kelly's prior work spans a wide range of fiction and documentary film, fine-art, and advertising. Highlights include leading teams as Senior Intergrated Producer on the Affordable Care Act advertising campaign, shooting Travis Wilkerson's award winning documentary Distinguished Flying Cross, working closely with producer Ben Barenholtz (Miller's Crossing, Requiem for a Dream) as editor on Family Games and Wakaliwood: The Documentary, and being granted an artists commission to create a video piece for the groundbreaking exhibition called Shrinking Cities which opened at the Kunstwerke in Berlin.
In 2009 Kelly created a youth media workshop program, called Good Exposure, in partnership with the female led housing and health equity organization, Women Organizing Resources Knowledge and Services. Together they raised funding to conduct filmmaking workshops for youths and install media labs inside community centers of affordable housing developments.
In 2008 Kelly premiered her directorial debut, her MFA thesis film called, South Main, at the Berlinale International Film Festival. The film also screened in the World Cinema category at BFI London Film Festival where Kelly was invited to speak on a panel titled, "Indiewood is dead, long live the new true Indies," alongside directors Barry Jenkins, Joe Swanberg, Rahmin Bahrani and Azazel Jacobs. South Main was shortlisted for a Gotham Award in 2009 and listed in Filmmaker Magazine as one of Director James Ponsoldt's (The End of the Tour, The Spectacular Now) favorite films of the year. Thom Andersen (Los Angeles Plays Itself) who mentored Kelly on the film, said in an interview with writer Iván Villarmea Álvarez, that "South Main was one of the best films about Los Angeles in the past ten years."