Kelly Lou Dennis is an LA-based actor and filmmaker from the Bay Area. Kind of Asian, kind of European and (bisexually) kind of gay, Kelly embraces not fitting the mold and questioning socially accepted norms that marginalize.
She builds worlds to set her character-driven ensembles in, gravitating towards stories that challenge gender expectations, value human connection and unapologetically depict that dark side of being a woman.
Her script RUN | REPEAT was a Second Rounder at Austin Film Festival and a Finalist at both The Script Lab's Screenplay Competition the Athena Screenwriting Lab.
In a SUNDANCE COLLAB writing course she developed her first pilot script, GOMORRAH, which imagines a world where women survive by eliciting approval from men… set pointedly in present day. It was a Second Rounder at ISA’s Fast Track Fellowship and a Quarterfinalist at The Script Lab's Screenplay Competition.
Kelly directed, acted in and cowrote GOOD GIRLS GET FED, a psychological thriller that brutally spotlights societal expectations and the female experience. It was an Official Selection at Dances With Films NY, Another Hole In The Head, Golden State Film Festival and Studio City International, plus a Semi-Finalist at Flickers' Rhode Island Film Festival.
As far as acting, she and her costar won Outstanding Performance in the Drama category at the Sherman Oaks Film festival for short film EXITS, and she also won Best Dramatic Actress at the TBA Awards for THE ONES THAT STAY BEHIND.
She auditioned into the Master Class at Anthony Meindl’s Studio and additionally has studied with Lesly Kahn and Annie Grindlay. Kelly also trained under Jino Kang (Masters Hall Of Fame) for her role in WEAPON OF CHOICE, as well as MMA for numerous other films.