Primary Academic Program: Film and Electronic Arts
So Yong Kim was born in Pusan, South Korea, and immigrated to the United States when she was 12. She studied painting, performance, and video art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she earned her M.F.A.; she received a B.S. in management information systems from California State University. She has made several experimental short films, including A Bunny Rabbit, shot by renowned cinematographer Christopher Doyle, and she produced Bradley Rust Gray’s award-winning Icelandic feature Salt. Her feature film For Ellen premiered at Sundance. The script for Treeless Mountain, her second feature film, received support from the Cannes L’Atelier Program, the Sundance Institute’s Writers and Directors Labs, and the Pusan Promotional Program. In Between Days, her first feature, won a special jury prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The film was also awarded the best actress prize at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including a MacDowell Colony Fellowship and grants from the Puffin Foundation and New York Foundation for the Arts. In 2006, she was featured as one of “25 Filmmakers to Watch” in Filmmaker Magazine. At Bard since 2012.