What’s in Your Toolkit: Grace Kim

By Kathryn O’Kane

For 17 years, NYWIFT has joined with the Hamptons International Film Festival to present the annual Sunday Brunch and co-present the Women Calling the Shots short film showcase – all in celebration of the outstanding achievements by women filmmakers at the festival.

NYWIFT caught up with two filmmakers who attended the brunch (quite literally while running to the next screening in East Hampton) and asked them, “What’s in your toolkit?”

First up, Grace Kim, director of An Interloper’s Kiss

Filmmaker Grace Kim


What is the one thing you can’t live without in production?

Storyboards are an essential part of my toolkit. I need the visual reference. More than the shot list, I look at the story boards on set for composition, lighting, etc.


What do you eat on set?

 I don’t eat candy or bread. I don’t like anything heavy. I mostly eat dried apricots and fruit.


What do you do to help de-stress?

I’m not usually too stressed on set because I’m hyper focused on the work. But I do like to do yoga or a quick jog – anything to get the blood flowing.


What’s the most out of the ordinary thing in your toolkit?

I always have a journal so I can write or draw. I always bring lavender essential oil because that’s supposed to be relaxing.


Grace Kim’s experimental short film An Interloper’s Kiss (pictured above) was featured as part of the Women Calling the Shots short film showcase presented by NYWIFT and the Hamptons International Film Festival. She was recently announced as one of the recipients of Viacom’s Viewfinder: Emerging Directors Program, which provides directors with underrepresented voices an opportunity to enhance their skill set and grow their network. From October to December, Grace will head to Los Angeles to shadow directors for shows on Paramount TV.



busyk Kathryn O’Kane is a director and producer with over 20 years of experience in television and advertising. She directed season 2 of the Emmy nominated series The World According to Jeff Goldblum for Disney+. She was the showrunner of the James Beard award-winning Netflix series Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, and she produced six seasons of the Emmy award-winning series Friday Night Tykes. Her episodes of Iconoclasts for Sundance and Oprah Presents Masterclass for OWN have won NAACP Imagine awards. Kathryn has crafted short form narratives as diverse as Mission Juno for NASA, segments of AMC’s Talking Dead, and commercial assignments for Apple, Meta, United Airlines, and SAP. Kathryn served two terms on the board of New York Women in Film and Television, championing equal pay, diversity and inclusion, and safety in the workplace. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America and Television Academy. Learn more at www.busyk.com.

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