Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
GW: I am attempting to become a writer/director/producer (filmmaker) to serve the characters, worlds and themes I find compelled to doodle, script-out and rehearse. Filmmaking a collaborative team effort that has surrounded me with great people, life long friends, and like-minded creatives. I enjoy seeing the script come to life on screen through the hard work of a “film family.”
KH: I always loved telling stories and creating worlds out of nothing. My imagination always ran rampant as a kid, and I found a home for it on screen. I think film is one of the best mediums for truly portraying what goes on in your mind, in a real and relatable way for the audience, and that opportunity provides infinite possibilities. I was always drawn to the collaborative nature of production as well. I loved building my crew and working together with talented and creative people who ended up becoming some of my best friends.
Q: What are we going to see at EFPalooza? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
GW: Poetic Burden is our team’s 2018 48-Hour Film Project Western entry. The production focuses on the old history between a limping Sherif and a troubled town youth. This film has screened in the 48HFP weekend event as well as the June 2019 EFP.
KH: We are screening our 48 Hour Film from Denver’s 2018 competition. It also screened at the 48HFP screening event, which takes place the weekend after the hectic 48HFP weekend of writing, shooting, and editing. We currently don’t have any plans for this film specifically, but we do plan on participating in the Denver 48HFP this August for our 5th year in a row!
Q: What else are you working on?
GW: I am currently working and living in Kigali & Rubona, Rwanda as a photography and videography fellowship / “cousin” with the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. Learn more about the community living and learning village at ASYV.org. My main responsibilities are teaching 60 students in photo and video extra-curricular classes, managing the 87 member media club and media center equipment as well as documenting campus-wide events. The most important job I have at ASYV is igniting creative and outside the box thinking. In my downtime, I am working on screenplays, poetry and small-documentary style editing projects.
KH: I’m currently working as a freelance filmmaker and videographer in Denver, from small scale one-man-band videography to full-blown commercial production. I do a lot of editing as well, from documentary to broadcast to corporate and commercial work. Creatively, I have a few scripts that have been cooking for a little while now, but nothing that’s ready to come to the surface just yet.
Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
GW: Not necessarily a weird fact about me, but my character development process. Without fail my characters always start as a doodle and possess a personality trait that I find in myself. I enjoy “odd couple” stories and will reflect on why that trait is within me and my character then formulate the counter character or story structure based on the opposing view/character trait.
KH: I have a collection of over 300 DVDs, and I try to watch at least one movie every day.
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about EFPalooza or The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
GW: The Bug Theatre is my home theatre and the first place my work was shown on the silver screen. I am thankful for all the opportunities The Emerging Filmmakers Project has given my productions. The cast and crew of Poetic Burden worked really hard to create this poetry driven Western. I am sorry I cannot be in attendance ((because I am in Rwanda)) but I trust my friend and Producer, Kyle Homan, as well as the rest of the cast and crew will represent. Cheers to film in Colorado. Thank you for promoting our work!
KH: The EFP is an awesome organization giving a platform to filmmakers here in Colorado. This will be my 6th time at the Bug Theatre showing off one of my films, and every time I’ve gone, it’s been a great chance to meet new faces, watch unique and imaginative films, and hear about everyone’s approach to production. I’m looking forward to going again this year!
Poetic Burden will screen Saturday, March 21st at 1:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre as part of the Saturday Afternoon Shorts block during the 2020 EFPalooza Film Festival.