FILM BACKGROUND

I started U.S.C.'s School of Cinema-Television in January of 1984, and spent the next 8 years in Hollywood working and learning from some of the masters of the craft. I earned my stellar degree with my award-winning masters thesis film, "Among the Magic Mountains."  

At U.S.C. I practiced both fiction and non-fiction. The paid work I did was largely in post. From cataloguing several decades worth of films for the Visual Anthropology Department to operations assistant in a commercial video post-production facility. From cutting promos for Z-Channel (an early regional version of TMC) and studios like Paramount Pictures, to cutting and designing multi-screen installations for museums and theme parks. 

 

Among The Magic Mountains 

(1991)

Writer/Producer/Director of 30-minute Narrative Documentary in which the filmmaker learns about a family secret. The LA Times called it, "...a real heart-tugger, Kalynn Huffman’s irresistible “Among the Magic Mountains.”

  • LA Freewaves Festival, Los Angeles, CA

  • Winner, University Film and Video Association Grant

  • San Sebastian International Film Festival, Spain

  • Dallas Video Festival, Dallas, TX

  • U.S.C. School of Cinema-Television Alumni gathering and on-campus screening and talk-back.

  • Curated and screened regularly in the “Identity and Home” exhibit of the Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.C. 1993.

  • Shot on 16mm and Super 8 film, 1991

 

Cowchip

(1992)

Writer/Producer/Director of documentary short: Humorous 2-minute history lesson on an early source of fuel. 

  • Video Shorts 11, Seattle, WA

  • Main Street Art, Fort Worth, TX

  • Shot on Super 8 film; posted on 3/4" tape via computer managed controller

 

The Day I Lost My Voice

(1999)

Writer/Producer/Director of 7-minute narrative documentary set in the 1960's. Created as part of a master artists' workshop led by Judy Chicago.

  • Video Shorts 18 festival in Seattle, WA

  • Sinsations group show, Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN. 

  • Shot on Hi-8; edited on the Avid

 

Stardust & Moonbeams

(2017)

Producer of 17-minute narrative fiction film set in the Jazz Age, the roaring 1920's. Winner of multiple festival laurels

http://stardustmoonbeams.com

Career Highlights & Awards

Indiana University

Bloomington, IN

  • Taught undergraduates at Indiana University, coaching screenwriters, video producers, and interactive game designers (14 years)

  • Designed and led a graduate level working seminar that developed an ARG (Alternate Reality Game) before the non-desktop game form had a name, "Destination Unknown"

KCKN/KBIM

  • Directed, reported, and voiced broadcast radio news; earning the New Mexico Broadcasters annual award for the year's best newscast

Learning Designer

  • Wrote and directed teams to build blended corporate training programs for clients such as Microsoft, Lowe's, McDonalds, and Cigna

Community Volunteer

  • Design and lead media workshops for K-12 

  • Produced TEDxBloomington (2011)

 

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