Award winning filmmaker Ky Dickens is best known for her highly acclaimed documentary work, her emotionally compelling commercial reel and her endless list of questions.
Ky directed the highly-acclaimed documentary Sole Survivor, which profiles four survivors of otherwise fatal plane crashes. Sole Survivor was acquired by CNN Films for broadcast and theatrical release. It premiered on the network in January, 2014 and was named the “Best Feature Film” at the 2013 BMA Awards.
Ky’s latest film Zero Weeks (2018), about America’s paid leave crisis, premiered the trailer at the White House Summit on the United State of Women, hosted by Oprah and Michelle Obama. The film is being released by Freestyle Releasing and TUGG, screening in select theaters in 2018. ZERO WEEKS won three awards on the festival circuit and is being used by state legislatures, businesses and hospitals nationwide to move the needle towards a national paid leave policy.
Ky’s 2009 feature documentary, Fish out of Water, won four juror prizes and secured international distribution by Netflix & First Run Features. The film was inducted into the United States Library of Congress in 2011 for its instrumental role in changing the national perspective on LGBTQ human rights. The film has been hailed as a “tool for reconciliation between the church and LGBTQ community.” It was translated into Spanish, Russian, Italian and French Creole and has screened at over 500 churches and universities.
Ky soon-to-be-released film The city that Sold America (2018), is about Chicago’s crucial, yet often-overlooked place in American consumer culture. The film is a sequel to Emmy-award winning Art & Copy.
Ky received the Focus Award for “Achievement in Directing” from Women in Film.
Ky is currently in development on a docuseries about the horrors of the Kentucky boys camp, FOR THEIR OWN GOOD. She’s also developing two new documentaries: NASA TO RECRUIT WOMEN, about Sally Ride’s life in the public eye and CRACKING THE CASH CODE, about the largest inside lottery heist in American history.
In addition to her feature film work, Ky directs commercials for some of the biggest brands in America. Her clients include Tylenol, Sears, Hallmark, McDonald’s, Koehler, Kraft, Purina, Huggies and Wrangler, to name a few. Ky is featured on the highly competitive “Free The Bid” list of the top recommended female directors in America. Ky graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors from Vanderbilt University.