MEET THE FILMMAKER: Kris Hipps.
We want to be like Kris Hipps when we grow up. Yeah, she’s just cool. She’s already familiar to many people in the Bug Theatre community, having shown many works at The Emerging Filmmakers Project and The Colorado Independent Women of FIlm. And she’s been the creative force behind several unique stage experiences at The Bug, including the on-stage adaptation of George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. She’s also the founder of Paper Cat Films. Her films have screened at national and international film festivals. Her horror feature The Monument, took First Place at the Hauntcon Film Fest in 2006, and her indie short Memphis Psychosis screened at the North by Northeast Toronto International Film Fest last spring. Before moving to Denver, she put in five years as a creative director at The Second City in Chicago. She currently runs a film arts program for at-risk teens here in Denver.
Her “mocumentary” Team S.P.I.R.I.T.: The Great Sintini plays March 18th at the Emerging Filmmakers Project (EFP) down at the Bug Theatre (3654 Navajo St.). EFP Host Patrick Sheridan recently caught up with Kris.
P.S.: You’ve enjoyed a ton of success on the stage. What drew you to becoming a filmmaker?
K.H.: I became a filmmaker because I thought it would be fun, and it is.
P.S.: The Great Sintini is part of a web series you’ve created that spoofs ghost hunting shows. Why that genre to spoof?
K.H.: I’m an armchair ghost hunter, and wanted to create a comic homage to all the ghost hunting shows out there. And, my specialty is ensemble pieces with quirky characters.
P.S.: What are you plans for it?
K.H.: I plan to enter the piece into short film fests. I’m creating a DVD of all four episodes to sell on my online magic and curio shop, Mago’s Magic Shoppe…Oddities and Curios, which I own with magician Max Mago (Max plays the magician in the film).
P.S.: What else are you working on?
K.H.: Right now I’m working on a documentary film about local poetry legend Lenny Chernila.
K.H.: I consider myself the Ed Wood of the Denver Indie film scene.
P.S.: Where can people go to find out more anbout you and your films?
P.S.: Have anything you’d like to say about the EFP?
K.H.: EFP Rocks! Where else can you get your film on a big screen in front of an audience and get feedback, all for the price of a Latte? (and free beer). And it exposes the public to the indie Denver scene.
P.S.: Thanks, Kris! See you down at The Bug!