Oscar Nominee and Student Academy Award® Winner, Gregg Helvey, has traveled the world to film in countries such as Rwanda, El Salvador, China, Kenya and England on projects ranging from National Geographic and BBC1 documentaries to independent fictional films. As a filmmaker, Helvey seeks to combine his passion for social justice with powerful story telling. This was most recently recognized by A.M.P.A.S. inviting Gregg to become a lifetime member of the Academy. He also serves on the Foreign Language Film Award selection committee for the Oscars.
Helvey wrote, directed and produced “Kavi,” the winning film of the 2009 Student Academy Award® gold medal in the narrative category. “Kavi” was filmed entirely on location in India and tells the story of a young boy who wants to play cricket and go to school, but instead he is forced to work in a brick kiln as a modern-day slave. Kavi must either accept what he’s always been told, or fight for a different life even if he’s unsure of the ultimate outcome. More information is available at KaviTheMovie.com
Helvey’s other award-winning work includes the documentary, “Overexposed,” which examines how pornography affects men. Dr. Drew, Adam Carolla and other cultural pundits comment on the issue as the cameras follow two men trying to navigate the rocky road of love, sex and intimacy in the age of virtual fantasies. More information is available at OverexposedTheMovie.com
Helvey received his M.F.A in film production from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, and his B.A.s in English and French from the University of Virginia.