Born in South Korea, Kang was educated in America from the age of fifteen. She attended Tabor Academy, a college-preparatory boarding school by the sea in Massachusetts. Due to a health condition, she spent most of her senior year at The Winchendon School, graduated with an 'Excellence in Art' award. The seven months at Winchendon were very influential in her decision to pursue a career in art and filmmaking.
She enrolled in the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)'s Film and Television program for two years, then transferred to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) to study with an artist-filmmaker Sharon Couzin. While attending SAIC, Kang wrote and directed a feature length film <ACTUALLY, ADIEU MY LOVE> as a part of ISP (Independent Study Projects) program. She graduated from SAIC with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio - with an emphasis in Film Art and Aesthetics.
She continued her artistic development at Columbia University in New York where she earned her Master of Fine Arts in Film Directing. Her graduate thesis short film <THE LOYALIST> was inspired by the speech she wrote about the Berlin Wall for an All-School meeting during her time at Tabor. <THE LOYALIST> screened internationally and received numerous accolades, including an Honorable Mention Award in the International Short Film category from the 39th Cleveland International Film Festival, the Best Short Film Award from the 15th DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, a nomination for the Best Female Director Award from the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, a finalist in the 10th Annual NBCUniversal Short Film Festival.
She was the recipient of the Tabor Academy John R. Pandolfi Music Instruction Awards, the SCAD Merit Scholarship & Dean's List, the SAIC Enrichment Scholarship and the Columbia TOMS Scholarship.
She is a fellow of BIFAN NAFF (Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival - Network of Asian Fantastic Films) Fantastic Film School, Berlinale - Talents Tokyo, Reykjavik Transatlantic Talent Lab, Let’s CEE (Central Eastern Europe) Talent Academy in Vienna, an alumna of AFiS - the International Film Business Academy at Busan Asian Film School), and a member of NAPNet (New Asian Producers Networks). Kang is a South Korean director-writer working in global cinema.
Her official debut feature project <ILLICIT 별을 삼킨 그림자>, a psychological dark tale, was first written when Kang enrolled in Film School, then further developed with writer-filmmaker Luke Spears (co-author and fellow alumnus of Columbia University Graduate Film Program). "ILLICIT", as a project in development, received support from Seoul Film Commission and Busan Film Commission, participated in the 2019 BIFAN NAFF 'It Project' and the 2019 Busan Link of Cine-Asia Project Market. Endorsed by Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, "ILLICIT" was chosen for the 2020 Cannes Marché du Film Fantastic 7 and featured in VARIETY - "Fantastic 7 is a joint initiative of the Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes, Sitges - international Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia and International expert and creator of the Blood Window plateform, Bernardo Bergeret." Kang is set to present "ILLICIT" at the 2021 Talents Tokyo. Currently, the project is in financing.
Her new story <CRY LIKE HUSKIES 허스키처럼 짖어라>, a coming of an age story about positive power of friendship, received the 2021 KOFIC (Korean Film Council) Story Development Fund.
She's currently helming a feature length VR: Immersive and Interactive 360-Degree Video Storytelling Project <THE HORIZON 지평선>, experiencing a fascinating journey into the false memories in the quest for truth. The project is produced by Barunson and expected to be released in December 2021.
Almost every day, Kang plays Bach - Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, Allemande. She frequently splits her time between Seoul, New York, and Los Angeles.
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