Meet the Filmmaker: Josh Gaines, “Cordial Kill”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
JG: I’ve always loved storytelling in all of its various forms, but I think seeing The Sixth Sense at a young age was what broke my brain (in a good way) into realizing that film was the ultimate medium in which I wanted to tell stories. Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope also had a profound impact on me.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
JG: Cordial Kill is essentially my homage to and parody of the great crime films of the 1970’s and 80’s. I wanted to take the “mob guy” stereotype and play with it, making my characters completely incompetent idiots and ineffective criminals. With the lengthy dialogue, my hope is that the audience has some time to “hang out” with the characters and get a good sense of them without knowing exactly where the plot is headed until about 2/3rds in. Cordial Kill has won two awards at festival thus far and has been officially selected to screen at other festivals throughout this year.

Q: What else are you working on?
JG: I’m currently revising a feature length script I’ve written for a sci-fi mockumentary that I hope to finance and film here in Denver within the next two years.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
JG: I illustrated a Harry Potter-themed webcomic for a while in 2011-2012 that garnered a sizable following on Tumblr, of all places.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
JG: chttp://www.thejoshgaines.com

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
JG: I’ve lived in Denver for six years but only recently found out about The EFP, and it seems awesome. It’s an honor to be included in this month’s edition and I hope to attend future EFP nights to connect with more Denver folks making quality films.

Cordial Kill will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, July 19th at The Bug Theatre.