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MINJI KANG

Director + Writer

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MINJI KANG 

Born in South Korea, director/writer Kang was educated in America from the age of fifteen. She attended Tabor Academy, a college-preparatory boarding school by the sea in Massachusetts. Coming from a different culture, the change was an eye opening refreshing shock and she was fascinated by new ways of seeing, thinking and learning. She excelled in academics but in her junior year, she found her life turning upside down as her health declined. Kang spent most of her senior year at The Winchendon School near Mount Monadnock, 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. 

 

Moving onto an art school where free-thinking and unique sensibility are encouraged and challenged was an undeniable natural choice for her. 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. Graduated with honors, her M.F.A thesis film "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.

The film was inspired by the speech Kang wrote about the Berlin Wall for an All-School meeting during her time at Tabor. 

 

She was the recipient of the Tabor Academy John R. Pandolfi Award, 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 IFBA at Busan Asian Film School (AFiS).

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Her official directorial debut feature "ILLICIT" is a cinematic dark fairy-tale centered on a blind young woman, set in the City of Angeles. Since the script made the 2017 Academy Nicholl Quarterfinals, it has developed further in depth. The project has received support from Seoul Film Commission and Busan Film Commission, participated in the 2019 BIFAN NAFF 'It Project' Market and the 2019 Busan Link of Cine-Asia Project Market. Endorsed by Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, "ILLICIT" was chosen for the Fantastic 7 of the 2020 Marché du Film - Festival de Cannes, featured in VARIETY,  presented at the 2021 Berlinale Talents Tokyo.  The project is in casting & financing.  

While pursuing "ILLICIT" Kang has participated in several projects as an editor. The Croatian-Slovenian-Sweden film "IN TO THE BLUE" is one of Kang's notable editing works (Kang was also a script supervisor on set in Croatia). The film premiered at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival and won Special Jury Mention for Best Short Film in the Generation 14Plus. Kang's contribution was recognized and awarded at the 27th Dani Hrvatskog Filma Award. 

"In the montage category, Minji Kang was awarded for the film "In the Blue", in which "an extremely unobtrusive installation that perfectly guides and sets the rhythm of the film perfectly focuses on the relationships between the characters and rhythm increases the tension between them."  

  - Croatia Film Critics Association.

Her new story "CRY LIKE HUSKIES" is a coming-of-age drama centered on a 10-year-old Tomboy. It's about overcoming emotional neglect and fears of abandonment, highlighting the positive power of friendship. It has been chosen and received the 2021 Story Development Fund from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC). 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Kang helmed an Immersive & interactive project "THE HORIZON"- produced by Barunson, released across the Oculus Quest Platform STEAM VR. Additionally, she penned the Denmark & South Korea co-production project, a dramatic feature based on a true story tentatively titled "HANA KOREA" - supported by the Danish Film Institute, DMZ Docs, selected for the 2022 Berlinale Talent Project Market.

Cinematic art form has been a delightful blank canvas, which enables her to express boundless imagination, sensual melody and candy-colored hopes and dreams even at times when things fall in minor keys. Over the past decade, Kang has been playing Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin for meditation. She frequently splits her time between Seoul, New York, and Los Angeles. 

 

Trivia: Bass-baritone Kihwan Sim and Minji Kang are first cousins. 

 

  Contact  

Minjikang@icloud.com 

Represented by SILENT R MANAGEMENT

8060 Melrose Ave Suite 206,

Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA

(323) 852-6830

 

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