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Budding Creativity

Directed by Kay Barnes

An African American, wife, military veteran, and mother of three explores creative transferability during COVID-19.

About the Filmmaker

Kay brings a new perspective to the word diversity. She is a writer/director born in Alabama to a Georgia musician and an Alabama seamstress. After graduating high school, she joined the Army National Guard, which took her all over the U.S. as well as overseas. Simultaneously while serving her country, she graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a BA in Theatre before moving to Georgia. In Georgia, she completed a Production Assistant course through the Georgia Film Academy and immediately immersed herself into the Atlanta film industry. As far as a unique perspective is concerned, Kay frequently incorporates her experience as an actively licensed and practicing trauma nurse and her military experience as both a service member and military spouse into her work. Kay is a highly sought after indie filmmaker. When not on set working on the production side of the house, Kay is currently pursuing her MFA.



Directed by Ryan Rossman, Ryan Welch

Follow these American veterans as they navigate the trauma of PTS and choose to overcome it with an attitude of growth instead of stigma.

Plays in

Shorts Block | Women Warriors

Women Warriors Block

Encore viewing opportunity This collection of shorts highlight and celebrate the contributions of women service members¬†over the years.¬†…

Dates & Times


GIFFSD Website

Thu, May 20
7:15 pm

GIFFSD Website

Sun, May 23
5:30 pm