Kathy Huang’s career as a filmmaker began in the dusty fields of South Texas. Inspired by her experiences teaching at-risk youth in a rural high school, she produced her first documentary Scribble’s Creations (2004). Shot with the help of her former students, the film follows a teenager coming of age along the US-Mexico border. Since then, Kathy has continued to work with different communities to document social and humanitarian issues. Her subjects have included a charismatic drag king in San Francisco, a young veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress, and a Chinese-American beauty pageant contestant. She recently completed her first feature documentary, Tales of the Waria (2011). The ITVS-funded project follows a community of transgender women in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, as they search for love and happiness. Four years in the making, the film premiered to sold-out audiences in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and garnered several Audience Choice Awards. The Advocate called it “a fascinating exposé” and Jezebel.com noted that the film’s “beauty and honesty are heartbreaking.” The film received a national broadcast on PBS in June 2012.
Kathy received a Bachelor’s in History from Harvard University and a Master’s in Documentary Film Production from Stanford University. Her current project, A Guangzhou Love Affair, documents the lives of African migrants in China and has received support from ITVS, the Center for Asian American Media, and Chicken & Egg Films.