Kelly Duane de la Vega

Director, Producer, Writer, Impact Producer
Three Frames

KELLY DUANE DE LA VEGA: Director, Producer, Writer, Impact Producer Kelly Duane de la Vega’s feature documentaries have screened at film festivals worldwide, opened theatrically and broadcast nationally on PBS and Netflix. Her most recent film, a Netflix Original, THE TWO KILLINGS OF SAM COOKE was nominated for a NAACP Award in 2020. Prior to that her POV/PBS/Netflix film, THE RETURN, a Peabody Award Finalist, won the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award for Best Documentary, was nominated for an Emmy, screened on Capitol Hill and in prisons across the country. Her work has received the WGA’s Best Documentary Screenplay Award, Gotham Independent Film’s Best Documentary Award, and multiple national Emmy nominations. Her film BETTER THIS WORLD won Best Documentary Feature at the San Francisco International, received an IDA Creative Achievement Award and was selected to screen at NY MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight. MONUMENTAL screened at the Lincoln Center and was acquired by the Smithsonian’s permanent collection. EL POETA, called “dramatic and inspiring” by the LA Times, broadcast on PBS’s, Voces. She has produced short-format work for The New York Times, Field of Vision, Mother Jones, IFC and Discovery, among others. She directed and produced a multimedia PROJECT TURNOUT partnering with the New York Times, Mother Jones and The Nation to explore changing election laws and their impact on people of color.

As Head of Partnerships & Impact Chicken & Egg Pictures, Kelly played an integral role launching the shorts program Docs by the Dozen and a completion and impact program Project: Hatched, both programs supporting our goal to provide creative, professional, and financial support to filmmakers at strategic junctures in their careers. As a Fledgling Impact Fellow, she co-launched a national impact campaign addressing sentencing reform and the need for greater re-entry support for the formerly incarcerated. A Sundance and HBO/Film Independent Fellow, she has guest lectured at various universities and taught a documentary forms course at UC Berkeley. 

She is currently directing MISSISSIPPI RED.