Kay Madsen shot the feature "American Skin” for writer/director Nate Parker (Birth of a Nation), starring Parker, Omari Hardwick, Theo Rossi, and Beau Knapp, which won Best Film Sconfini at the Venice Film Festival 2019. He also shot "Three Way Junction" starring Tom Sturridge, Stacy Martin and Tommy Flanagan, and the award winning short “First Day Back” for director Deshawn Plair, starring Loretta Devine and Aisha Hinds.

His narrative work has been officially selected for the Venice Biennale, Berlin Film Festival, the Deauville Festival de Cinéma Américan, Frameline San Francisco, Urbanworld New York, Outfest Los Angeles, LA Film Festival, and many others.


Kay has shot national and international campaigns, branded content, and promos for brands such as Google, Microsoft, YouTube Red, BMW, Toyota, Levi’s, Keds, Original Penguin, Universal Music, Sony Music, Virgin Music, and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.


Experimental art films and video installations he collaborated on have been shown in galleries and museums around the world, among them White Cube Gallery London, Kaikai Kiki Tokyo, and Blum & Poe Los Angeles.

Since 2016 he serves as cinematography mentor for a nonprofit film school program fostering diversity behind the camera by empowering young voices of African descent to tell their stories.


Kay worked all across the United States, Germany, England, Ireland, Italy, Spain, France, Czechia, Russia, South Africa, Namibia, Trinidad, Tobago, Malaysia, and Japan.


Photo: Michael Schmelling