EFP: Why did you become a filmmaker?
BJ: I was a large format landscape photographer for a long time and when it became difficulty to fly with film, I switched to digital cameras. The new cameras had a feature to record sound, and take video. I became intrigued with the possibilities presented by combining two mediums: visual and sound. I have become increasingly interested in recording the stories of likable people who strive for some compelling goal against seemingly impossible odds.
EFP: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
BJ: Kate is the story of a woman who was in a tragic accident at age two and strives with the aid of her mother to live the best life she can. She has become an advocate for people with disabilities and a model for all of us. The film has been used as a training tool by the State of Colorado and Kate has been asked to share her stories with school children to help change perceptions about disability.
EFP: What else are you working on?
BJ: I am working on another story about a man who is an autistic savant.
EFP: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
BJ: I love editing. I try as much as I can to see through the other person’s eyes.
EFP: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
BJ: More of my work is at billjohnsonstories.com
EFP: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
BJ: Thank you for being here. Having a community of filmmakers, actors, writers and all those related to the industry is important to the well being of Denver and Colorado.
Kate will screen during The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, December 16th, 2021 at The Bug Theatre.