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Meet the Filmmaker: Bill Johnson, “Kate”

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.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Jared Vigil, “The Rejects: A Christmas Story”

EFP: Why did you become a filmmaker?

JV: I became a filmmaker to tell interesting and compelling stories using audio and video as the medium.

EFP: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?

JV: We are going to see “The Rejects” A Christmas Story. This is the first time the animated short has screened. I plan to turn it into a series with multiple episodes.

EFP: What else are you working on?

JV: I’m currently working on an action/sci-fi short called “Time Jump” which I plan to release late summer of 2022.

EFP: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?

JV: One weird thing about this animated short is that it’s done in a South Park style look but the characters feet actually move.

EFP: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?

JV: People can find more of my work at JaredVigilProductions.MyPortfolio.com

EFP: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?

JV: I just want to say thank you to the Emerging Filmmakers Project this will be my 4th film they have showcased and I really appreciate the support and everything they do for the local filmmaking community.

The Rejects: A Christmas Story will screen during The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, December 16th, 2021 at The Bug Theatre.