photo by Jenny Alice Watts
My career began in the music world, where I worked behind the camera and in the edit room on two feature documentaries: “Austin to Boston” and “No Cameras Allowed.” I directed music videos for Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, The Staves and many more. My work consisted of breaking down the walls between the musicians and their audience, pulling back the curtain on tour life, and bringing a sense of intimacy to their fans. My first feature-length directorial project was a documentary about Ron Pope that explores the struggle and success of a completely independent musician who rose to fame with a Myspace hit.
I joined Teen Vogue in February 2016 to launch their video production division. Two years later, we were a team of 4 who had created over 150 digital videos featuring the likes of Hillary Clinton, Chance the Rapper, Malala and Ashley Judd. Our videos garnered hundreds of millions online views and TeenVogue.com won Adweek’s 2017 Website of the Year.
The most important series I produced and frequently directed was the “Ask A:” series, which allowed me to give voice to Syrian refugees, Native American youth, young Muslim professionals, local witches, and undocumented femmes.
As of January 2018, I returned to freelance filmmaking with a renewed passion for telling the stories of the underrepresented in the hope of making the world a better, more compassionate place.
for work or just to say hello, contact me at kelly.a.teacher (at) gmail.com
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