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Katey Lee Carson


Born and raised in Cape Town, Katey Lee Carson’s creativity is inspired by an eclectic mix of urban pop culture and classic cinema. As a producer, writer, and director, her films combine a unique observation of the world with sincere storytelling techniques to bring life to her work, and the subjects themselves.

She connected with the film medium when she made her first short film, Ginger Curry, which won Best Film at the University of Cape Town short film competition, in 2011.
In 2012, another of Katey’s films, The Washing Up, was selected to screen at the Sundance Film Festival. In a collaboration between Google+ and New York-based Ghetto Film School, she was the youngest participant, at only 20, to have her work shown.

After Katey’s international film début, she was then selected as one of Africa’s top 40 up and coming filmmakers to attend the Durban International Film Festival Talent Campus 2013 in collaboration with the Berlinale Talent Campus.

Broadening her theoretical and technical knowledge of Film, Katey graduated from the University of Cape Town with a double major in Film Production, and Italian Language and Literature, in 2013. As her final thesis film, she wrote and directed the short film Harold, which went on to win Best Film, Best Cinematography, and Best Sound Design at the Cape Town and Winelands Film Festival and screened at various international festivals included the Durban International Film Festival, The Shnit International Film Festival and Africa in Motion.

Katey is now a freelance writer, producer and director, working in the local industry and with international companies that wish to realize their films in South Africa. Her most recent independent project, Painting Cape Town, is a documentary about the graffiti movement in Cape Town that premiered at the Durban International Film Festival.