Meet the Filmmaker: Alex Killian, “Wakeful Sleep”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
AK: I’ve been obsessed with film my whole life and the impact of particular films at particular times in my life really made me who I am today. I think film is the most powerful medium there is and my ever-present goal is to utilize my point of view to incite empathy, move people, and tell stories that deserve to be told.

Q: What are we going to see at EFPalooza? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
AK: Wakeful Sleep is a short film about sleep anxiety, shot entirely on iPhone. I’m a strong believer in the idea that what’s in front of the camera is more important than the camera itself and that filmmakers shouldn’t limit themselves by the equipment they can afford. Wakeful Sleep was originally created as a submission for the Moment Invitational Film Festival and it screened at the May 2018 Emerging Filmmakers Project.

Q: What else are you working on?
AK: I’m currently directing an indie short film called A.L.M., going into production in March, as well as working in both production and post for season 2 of the web series, I Put the Bi in Bitter. I’m also acting in a few upcoming projects and producing a weekly YouTube series about filmmaking.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
AK: I have such a hard time choosing between pre, prod, & post, as well as being in front of the camera or behind it. I love every aspect of the filmmaking process and I’d write, act, direct, shoot, & edit every project if I could.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
AK: The best place to check out my work is my personal website: http://alexkillian.com or my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/AlexKillian

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about EFPalooza or The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
AK: I really appreciate EFP. One of the hardest parts of filmmaking is the struggle of getting your work seen and the opportunity to share your film on a big screen for an audience is invaluable.

Wakeful Sleep will screen Friday, February 22nd at 9:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre as part of the Dark, SciFi & Horror Shorts block during the 2019 EFPalooza Film Festival.