Kim Connell is the Founder
and President of RAINLAKE Productions and an award-winning
Director and Editor with over 15 years of hands-on experience creating
films, television programming, and content for the digital world. Under
her guidance, RAINLAKE has produced hundreds of non-fiction media projects
for network, corporate and non-profit clients as well as five critically
acclaimed feature that each premiered at top festivals and garnered Grand Jury Prize nominations at Sundance, Tribeca, and Silverdocs.
Recently she directed Mariachi High (PBS, Imagen nominee). Previous films include Player Hating (Indie Fest Award & Accolade Award), Four Seasons
Lodge (Audience Award Miami Jewish Film Festival with cinematography
by Albert Maysles), Odd Ones Out, an original
hour for Granada awarded a 2009 Telly, Follow My Voice With
the Music of Hedwig featuring John Cameron Mitchell, Yoko
Ono, Rufus Wainright along with many others (official selection Tribeca
Film Festival and Sundance Channel broadcast), and critically acclaimed
Crossing Arizona (official selection Sundance
Film Festival and CINE Master Series Award winner). She produced and edited
TLC’s Black Las Vegas
(Telly Award and New York Festival Winner) and was Senior Editor on Volkswagon's
Racing Under Green for Discovery
Channel, Radical Media's documentary Two Roads to Taupo 1000
for Speed Channel, Religion: A Pop Culture
History for VH1, ABC's prime time reality
series Fast Cars and Superstars, We
Are Family (Sundance Film Festival premiere), the Discovery
Health pilot episode of Medical Profile: Christopher Reeve
and was honored with a Silver and Bronze Telly for the series Children
First on ABC. Over the years, she has produced
and edited for Showtime/Viacom, Reebok,
Epicurious, Grolsch, CCG Metamedia,
Globalvision Inc., and PBS among others.
She cut her teeth on a Steenbeck flatbed edit
machine at American University between Division I basketball games and
trips home to Alabama to nurture her southern storytelling roots. Career
highlights include sold out premieres, winning her eighth Telly and filming
her two daughters Maeve and Beatriz growing up.
Innovative, creative, self-motivated media industry professional with
15 years of hands-on experience creating films, television programming,
and content for the digital world.
/ FILM HIGHLIGHTS
MARIACHI HIGH (Director / Editor)
1x60 / a national PBS broadcast special, presents a year in the life of top-ranked members of Zapata High School’s championship ensemble Mariachi Halcon in the South Texas border town.
HOSPITAL / Agency: Swanson Russel (Preditor)
2x60sec spots / Winner of 2009 Merit award, television production, healthcare
UFL / Agency: OBI Creative (Preditor)
1 x30sec spot for United Footbal League
FOUR SEASONS LODGE / First Run Features /
Silverdocs / IFC Center / APT
1x 110 / Premiered at AFI Silverdocs 08. IFC Premiere Nov. 09. An inspiring
documentary that captures what may be the final season for a remarkable
tribe of survivors who have found that dancing, laughter and late-night
revelry is the best revenge.
@radical.media / Outpost
GILLETTE: Young Guns NASCAR Series on ABC, NIKE: Kobe Bryant Disciples,
TOYOTA: Two Roads to Taupo 1000, VOLKSWAGEN: TDI Cup The 1st Green Racing
PLAYER HATING (Editor)
1x95 / new release / 2010 Indie Fest Award & 2010 Accolade Award
the life of a hip hop artist from the infamous Albany Projects of Brooklyn
ONES OUT / Granada
1x60min special / Winner of 2008 Bronze Telly
Documents four years in the courageous lives of three transgender teens.
FOLLOW MY VOICE / SUNDANCE Channel
1x90 /Official selection of the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival
One record producer, the creators of a cult film classic and indie rockers
record a benefit album for an LGBTQ youth center in NYC.
ARIZONA / SUNDANCE Film Festival
1x75 / Official selection 2006 Sundance Film Festival /Sundance Channel.
Examines the immigration crisis through the eyes of those most directly
Winner of Munich Film Festival’s One Future Prize and the 2007Cine
Master Series award for best independent documentary feature
LAS VEGAS / TLC
1x60min / Produced and edited for KPITV / Winner of 2004 NY Festival World
RELIGION: A POP CULTURE HISTORY / VH1
MEDICAL PROFILE: CHRISTOPHER REEVE / Discovery Health
1x60min pilot / Produced and edited for KPITV
OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA /Agency: Swanson Russell
Web series: doctorsofusc.com / Winner of four 2009 Tellys & 2009 Silver
Medalist-Video, Healthcare Marketing Reports
REEBOK / Live Event Videos for annual Reebok Human Rights Award
EPICURIOUS.com / Technique videos and celebrity chef profiles including
Thomas Keller, Alice Waters, & Jacques Torres
GREENDEPOT.com / “who we are” video for site launch
GATES FOUNDATION / call to action
WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM / Opening video
for the 2002 World Economic Forum
John WILEY & Sons, Inc. / Book launch promo video for web
Grolsch Americas Inc. / Corporate communication tools for sales presentations
& event videos
HUMAN RIGHTS FIRST /documentary
profiles honoring the recipients of the Human Rights Award.
PARTNERSHIP FOR FAMILY HEALTH / documentary
following fathers living with HIV/AIDS.
SHARE OUR STRENGTH / training-tool for Share
Our Strength’s Operation Frontline.
CCG MetaMedia 2006-2009: Post Consultant,
Senior Editor (New York City)
CCG is a high-level scientific and creative marketing agency.
Provided post-production solutions for 3-D animations,dvds, cd-roms, flash
and motivational sales videos. Winner of 2007 MA In-Awe Award & Aegis
Award for AstraZeneca
GLOBALVISION, Inc 1998-2002: Producer, Senior
Editor (New York City)
Globalvision is an international media company specializing in entertainment
and educational programming.
12X30 Series /Winner of Bronze and Silver Telly
THE MAKING AND MEANING OF WE ARE FAMILY
2002 Sundance Film Festival. Broadcast premiere on TRIOSHOWTIME / VIACOM
Senior Editor / image spots and promos New York City
Producer, Editor New York City
Produced and edited communication tools for various freelance clients
including Bayer, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and NACD
EDGE CITY PRODUCTIONS 1995-1997:
American University, Washington, DC, School of Communication
BA: Visual Media (1995) GPA: 3.4