So Yong Kim

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So Yong Kim
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So Yong Kim in 2012 at the Deauville American Film Festival.
So Yong Kim

1968 (age 50–51)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Soyeong
McCune–ReischauerKim Soyŏng

So Yong Kim (born 1968) is a Korean American independent filmmaker. She has made four feature films: In Between Days, Treeless Mountain, For Ellen, and Lovesong.

Early life[edit]

She was born in Busan, South Korea, in 1968 and moved to Los Angeles, California to live with her mother at the age of 12.[1]


Kim received the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for her debut feature In Between Days. Loosely inspired by her own youth, the film was shot in Toronto and mostly improvised by its teenage cast members, whose awkward, raw romance and alienation from their surroundings were expressed through intimate digital photography.

Kim's film For Ellen premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

In 2014, Kim released Spark and Light, a short film starring Riley Keough which was commissioned by fashion house Miu Miu as part of their ongoing series Women's Tales.[2]

In 2016, Kim's film Lovesong premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.[3] The film, about two best friends who fall in love, reunited her with Jena Malone (who appeared in For Ellen) and Riley Keough. Additionally, Kim's first foray into directing television began in 2016 with Queen Sugar, and she has since directed episodes of Transparent, American Crime, The Good Fight, Halt and Catch Fire and Vida.

In 2016, Kim directed the music video for Mitski's "A Burning Hill."

Personal life[edit]

Kim is married to Bradley Rust Gray. The couple has two children.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Yeoh, Peter. "Little Girl Lost – Glass interviews Korean-American filmmaker So Yong Kim – The Glass Magazine". Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  2. ^ "the short film".
  3. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin. "Sundance First Look: Jena Malone In 'Lovesong' & Paul Dano And Daniel Radcliffe In 'Swiss Army Man'". Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  4. ^ Pulver, Andrew. "For Ellen: director So Yong Kim on how she snared her star Paul Dano". Retrieved 22 January 2016.

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