Kelly A. Burkhardt is an award-winning filmmaker who has been making and distributing independent cinema for nearly 20 years. As Vice President, Operations with the global distribution company TLA Releasing where Ms. Burkhardt released more than 300 films under her leadership including winning “Independent DVD of the Year” for distributing Gregg Arakki’s MYSTERIOUS SKIN in 2006. More recently she has shifted focus to the creative side as a writer, director, producer/executive Producer of two award-winning narratives, MILES directed by Nathan Adloff and starring Molly Shannon and Paul Reiser and BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING starring Colman Domingo (FEAR THE WALKING DEAD). Her latest project is a thought-provoking documentary about Latina lesbian civil rights leader Gloria Casarez. Ms. Burkhardt is also a freelance photographer living in Philadelphia whose work has been featured on NBC News, The Advocate and Philadelphia Magazine.