Kelly Saxberg is a film producer, director and editor who has worked on over 80 films. Most recently she was the director/editor of The Big Blue, a feature length documentary about Canadian writer Charlie Wilkins’ 52 day, 5000 kilometer row across the Atlantic Ocean. Kelly was the writer/ director/ editor of Under The Red Star, a feature length historical docu-drama shot on super 16 mm film in Finnish and English about the Finnish Labour Temple.
She was producer, camera and editor for Hard Time, a 40 minute documentary directed by Ron Harpelle that tells the story of Robert King, the only freed member of the Angola 3. She co-directed /edited “Who was Sylvia” a short documentary about letters found at an abandoned Finnish homestead. “Life is But a Dream” was another short film she directed and edited for the International Documentary Challenge. It was the only Canadian finalist of 12 which played at Hot Docs in 2010. “Citoyens du Monde” is a 6 hour French language documentary series she wrote and directed for broadcaster TFO and Les Productions Rivard. Shot in 15 countries, the series tackles Canada and international development from the point of view of researchers and scientists in the developing world. “Seeking Bimaadiziiwin” was her debut as a fiction director on a 30 minute drama that looks at depression and suicide among First Nations youth; she is a co-director/ co-producer. It won Best Short film at the American Indian Film festival and several other awards. This film is part of First Nation Initiative, where she produced “Sharing Tebwewin” a half hour documentary about health care and First Nations people. "Letters from Karelia," is Kelly’s first feature length documentary about Canadians who moved to the Soviet Union in the 1930’s. It was also nominated for a Gemini for best history documentary in 2006. It won two Blizzards - Best Documentary and Kelly won Best Directing at the 2006 Manitoba Motion Picture Industry Awards. Her other films include "Dorothea Mitchell: A Reel Pioneer", "Voyageurs Legacy: Our Story / Le printemps des voyageurs: La Genèse," "Banana Split," and "Rosies of the North." She also edited “The Fatal flower” a silent film shot originally in 1930, and finished by members of the film and video co-op “Flash Frame Film and Video Network” of which she is the current secretary and founding member.
She also edited “The Fatal Flower” a silent film shot originally in 1930, and finished by members of the film and video co-op “Flash Frame” of which she is a founding member and 2004-2005 chair. Kelly has conducted numerous workshops on funding for film, camera technique, editing, and the use of programs like Avid and Final Cut Pro. She has been instrumental in the organization of independent film screenings in Thunder Bay. She is a co-ordinator and founder of the Bay Street Film Festival which has just completed its 9th year. She also volunteers as a consultant and crew member for emerging filmmakers in Thunder Bay.