After emigrating from the Soviet Union to Baltimore Maryland as a kid, Hellin Kay picked up her first camera at the age of 14, and hasn’t put it down since. Growing up on the East Coast in the late 80’s she was heavily influenced by punk music, art and politics and shortly after high school started studying at Bard College, where she received her BA & MFA in film, while writing and directing six short films.
Her films, “Borscht” (1992) “Barry Paul” (1993) “Every Woman Was Once A Little Girl With Dreams” (1995) and “Was Once A Girl” (1998) were all selected and screened at multiple US film festivals. Her film “Every Woman Was Once A Little Girl with Dreams” (with a starring cameo from DC music legend Ian MacKaye and filmmaker Adolfas Mekas) was selected by Miranda July for the first Miss Moviola Project. In 1997 she wrote, directed and produced “Was Once A Girl” on location in Moscow Russia, which screened at the IFFM in New York and was written up as a “One To Watch” by Amy Taubin in the Village Voice and Mary Glucksman in Filmmaker Magazine and then won Best Short at the 1998 San Diego Short Film Festival.
Since then Hellin has directed music videos, fashion films and commercial work, while also working as a photographer and stylist for editorial and advertising clients in New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Moscow. In May 2017 the music video she shot and directed for Taryn Manning was released. She has a new short film releasing in the fall of 2017. For the past year she has been the in-house photographer for Erin Fetherston, art directing, producing and shooting all of the imagery for the brand’s advertising, social media, marketing and website.
She is an avid road tripper, music lover, and film fanatic, and lives between New York and Los Angeles.