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.