Kelly Needleman is a Director, Actor, Producer, Photographer, and Entrepreneur.
Needleman at a young age had a creative eye. Growing up with his cousin, David Needleman, who is a professional photographer that shoots celebrities, influenced him to pick up a camera. Kelly gravitated towards the beauty of nature and started taking images and time-lapses of landscapes. His strong ambition to create resulted in being published in various publications and awards, such as National Geographic and Canon (etc). This attention resulted in a sponsorship deal with Lowepro, a prestigious camera bag company. His images became viral on social media resulting in a celebrity status following.
Needleman's passion for landscape photography was a natural progression into the film industry. He created his own company called Needleman Productions, where he showcases his movies. He has been recognized locally as a student filmmaker and has recently won a prestigious award for his documentary, Landscape Photography, in the Hollywood International Independent Film Festival. His ambition is to make beautiful movies by utilizing the natural elements of nature, fog, sea, and sunlight as tools in an outdoor studio.
Kelly Needleman also works in front of the camera as an actor. He is signed with MDT Agency in San Francisco, which led him to various commercial, print, and movie work.
At the age of 16, Needleman has already accomplished what others dream of. Currently (2018), Kelly attends Sonoma Academy College Preparatory High School and has plans to continue his film education in college.
  • Director (24 Credits)
    ART AND SOUL
    Short, Student, Other
    FLYING OVER ITALY
    Short, Student, Other
    Italian Masterpiece (Italy Reel)
    Documentary, Short, Student, Other
    LIVING ON WATER
    Short, Student, Other
    Nocturnal Villages - Cinque Terre
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Student
    PAINTED HILLS
    Short, Student, Other
    SECRETS OF THE DOLOMITES
    Short, Student, Other
    SPEEDING THROUGH NEW YORK
    Short, Student, Other
    SWITZERLAND UPSIDE-DOWN (Zürich)
    Short, Student, Other
    The Meaning of LIFE
    Documentary, Student, Short
    TIME TRAVELER
    Short, Student, Other
    A MAGICAL JOURNEY WITHIN2018
    Experimental, Short, Student
    FROZEN2018
    Short, Student
    LUCID VISIONS2018
    Experimental, Short, Student
    MY IDENTITY2018
    Documentary, Short, Student
    Picking up the Pieces2018
    Documentary, Short, Student
    TIME2018
    Documentary, Short, Student, Other
    24 Hours in Norway2017
    Short, Student, Other
    City Vibes in Denmark2017
    Short, Other
    Finding Sweden2017
    Short, Student, Other
    Landscape Photography2017
    Short, Student
    Moments in Iceland2017
    Documentary, Short, Student
    Be The Change You Wish To See In The World2016
    Short
    Golden Boy2016
    Short, Student, Other
  • Producer (24 Credits)
    ART AND SOUL
    Short, Student, Other
    FLYING OVER ITALY
    Short, Student, Other
    Italian Masterpiece (Italy Reel)
    Documentary, Short, Student, Other
    LIVING ON WATER
    Short, Student, Other
    Nocturnal Villages - Cinque Terre
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Student
    PAINTED HILLS
    Short, Student, Other
    SECRETS OF THE DOLOMITES
    Short, Student, Other
    SPEEDING THROUGH NEW YORK
    Short, Student, Other
    SWITZERLAND UPSIDE-DOWN (Zürich)
    Short, Student, Other
    The Meaning of LIFE
    Documentary, Student, Short
    TIME TRAVELER
    Short, Student, Other
    A MAGICAL JOURNEY WITHIN2018
    Experimental, Short, Student
    FROZEN2018
    Short, Student
    LUCID VISIONS2018
    Experimental, Short, Student
    MY IDENTITY2018
    Documentary, Short, Student
    Picking up the Pieces2018
    Documentary, Short, Student
    TIME2018
    Documentary, Short, Student, Other
    24 Hours in Norway2017
    Short, Student, Other
    City Vibes in Denmark2017
    Short, Other
    Finding Sweden2017
    Short, Student, Other
    Landscape Photography2017
    Short, Student
    Moments in Iceland2017
    Documentary, Short, Student
    Be The Change You Wish To See In The World2016
    Short
    Golden Boy2016
    Short, Student, Other
  • Acting (15 Credits)
    ART AND SOUL
    Short, Student, Other
    Italian Masterpiece (Italy Reel)
    Documentary, Short, Student, Other
    LIVING ON WATER
    Short, Student, Other
    SPEEDING THROUGH NEW YORK
    Short, Student, Other
    TIME TRAVELER
    Short, Student, Other
    A MAGICAL JOURNEY WITHIN2018
    Experimental, Short, Student
    FROZEN2018
    Short, Student
    LUCID VISIONS2018
    Experimental, Short, Student
    MY IDENTITY2018
    Documentary, Short, Student
    Picking up the Pieces2018
    Documentary, Short, Student
    24 Hours in Norway2017
    Short, Student, Other
    City Vibes in Denmark2017
    Short, Other
    Finding Sweden2017
    Short, Student, Other
    Landscape Photography2017
    Short, Student
    Golden Boy2016
    Short, Student, Other
  • Writer (14 Credits)
    FLYING OVER ITALY
    Short, Student, Other
    Italian Masterpiece (Italy Reel)
    Documentary, Short, Student, Other
    SPEEDING THROUGH NEW YORK
    Short, Student, Other
    TIME TRAVELER
    Short, Student, Other
    A MAGICAL JOURNEY WITHIN2018
    Experimental, Short, Student
    FROZEN2018
    Short, Student
    MY IDENTITY2018
    Documentary, Short, Student
    24 Hours in Norway2017
    Short, Student, Other
    City Vibes in Denmark2017
    Short, Other
    Finding Sweden2017
    Short, Student, Other
    Landscape Photography2017
    Short, Student
    Moments in Iceland2017
    Documentary, Short, Student
    Be The Change You Wish To See In The World2016
    Short
    Golden Boy2016
    Short, Student, Other
Official Selection
A MAGICAL JOURNEY WITHIN
Los Angeles Film Awards
Los Angeles
2018
Semi-Finalist
TIME
Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards
Los Angeles
2018
Semi-Finalist
24 Hours in Norway
Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards
Los Angeles
2017
Award Winner
Landscape Photography
Hollywood International Independent Documentary
Los Angeles
2017
Award of Recognition
Be The Change You Wish To See In The World
IndieFest Film Awards
La Jolla
2016
Semi-Finalist
MY IDENTITY
Festigious Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Best First Time Director
MY IDENTITY
Festigious Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Semi-Finalist
MY IDENTITY
Top Shorts
Semi-Finalist
MY IDENTITY
Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards
AWARD WINNING
MY IDENTITY
Festigious International Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION
MY IDENTITY
New York Film Awards
Semi-Finalist
MY IDENTITY
Festigious Los Angeles Monthly Competition
Official Selection
A MAGICAL JOURNEY WITHIN
BLOW-UP · International Arthouse FILM FEST · Chicago
Best Micro Film
A MAGICAL JOURNEY WITHIN
LAFA
Los Angeles
AWARD WINNING
MY IDENTITY
Travel FilmFest international film festival
Semi-Finalist
LUCID VISIONS
Los Angeles CineFest
Los Angeles
OFFICIAL SELECTION
TIME
Timelapse Film Festival
AWARD WINNING
TIME
Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards
Hollywood
AWARD WINNING
TIME
Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival
Hollywood
Official Selection
MY IDENTITY
Nile’s Diaspora International film Festival
Semi-Finalist
SPEEDING THROUGH NEW YORK
Los Angeles CineFest
Los Angeles
AWARD WINNING
Landscape Photography
The IndieFEST Film Awards
Drone of The Week
FLYING OVER ITALY
AirVuz Awards
STAFF PICK
FLYING OVER ITALY
Aerial Video Awards
High School
Sonoma Academy
Birth Date
October 23, 2001
Nickname
Kel
Birth City
Santa Rosa
Hometown
Sonoma
Height
5' 11" (1.8 m)
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
American
Kelly is a sponsored tennis player for Dunlop.
Kelly Needleman was born in Sonoma California.
Needleman loves to travel and learn about new cultures.
I feel every frame of my film should be put into an actual frame to hang on a wall as a piece of art.