Meet the Filmmaker: Dillon James Cole, “Lifeguard”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
DC: I always wanted to be a writer, but writing poetry and fiction never quite scratched the itch. Filmmaking has allowed me to tell stories while also indulging the tech-savvy nerd in me. But more than anything, filmmaking is a way for me & my friends to have way too much fun together.
Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
DC: LIFEGAURD is my first film – so for better or worse, you’re going to see some kid’s first film. My apologies. This will be its first public screening. I have it submitted to a few other festivals, without the expectation of be accepted. I intended to just post it on Vimeo and move on with my life, but it’s been watched a few hundred times and I consider that a success.
Q: What else are you working on?
DC: I’m working on a video adaptation of a friend’s poem she recently got published (don’t tell her, it’s a surprise!). My friends and I are in post on a post-Election Day short we shot a few days ago. Scheming (as always) on a new way to potentially destroy a GoPro for the sake of a neat perspective.
Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
DC: The Koala Bear is my Power Animal.
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
DC: You can stalk me on instagram @dillonjamescole or my vimeo page: vimeo.com/dillonjamescole
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
DC: I’m extremely appreciative that you’re allowing my film to be shown – thank you so much for letting me & my friends be a part of this!
“Lifeguard” screens at the November 2016 Emerging Filmmakers Project.