Kathy Huang is a nonfiction filmmaker with a strong interest in issues of identity and belonging. Her feature-length directing debut, Tales of the Waria, was co-produced with ITVS and follows a community of transgender women in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, as they search for romance and intimacy. The film received multiple Audience Choice Awards, and was broadcast nationally on PBS in 2012. She is currently working on Guangzhou Love Story, a multi-year portrait of an African-Chinese family navigating life in mainland China. In addition to Firelight Media, the film has received support from ITVS, the Center for Asian American Media, and Chicken & Egg Pictures' Accelerator Lab.
Kathy's other short films include Night Visions, a soldier’s meditation on the Iraq War, which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival and AFI Docs and received the War and Peace Award from the Media That Matters Film Festival. Miss Chinatown USA, a portrait of a young woman competing in one of America’s oldest ethnic beauty pageants, also screened at Tribeca and aired on public television.
She is currently based in Los Angeles, where she teaches documentary production at UCLA and Chapman University. She also sits on the Steering Committee of New Day Films, the longest-running distribution cooperative for independent documentary filmmakers.