Kelly Thomas is an independent producer and co-founder of Extraordinary Renditions, a media development and production company. Thomas received a 2017 Film Independent Spirit Award as a producer for Andrew Ahn’s Spa Night, a feature that premiered in Dramatic Competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and played festivals worldwide. Thomas has produced seven feature films and has worked with acclaimed directors Rodrigo Garcia, Phedon Papamichael, Robin Swicord, and Brad Silberling. In addition to producing, Thomas currently serves as a Sloan Outreach Consultant for the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program and as an Instructor at Temple University’s Los Angeles Study-Away Program.
Previously, Thomas was the Producer-in-Residence for Film Independent’s Artist Development programs where she produced branded entertainment for Vanity Fair and Lincoln Motors and managed labs for writers, directors, producers, and documentary filmmakers. Thomas also served as VP of JuntoBox Films’ Incubator Initiative. Prior to her work in the film industry, Thomas taught college English courses and worked at Standard & Poors on Wall Street. She has a PhD in English from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Virginia.