Meet the Filmmaker: Ivan How, “Charlie Mike”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
IH: I wanted to impact people the same way the films I grew up watching impacted me.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
IH: This is a student film called Charlie Mike. It is a psychological drama about a soldier in the woods. It has screened twice at the University of Colorado Boulder. It has been accepted into the Hollywood Verge Film Awards, and is currently in consideration for the Boulder International Film Festival. I don’t plan to submit to any more festivals.

Q: What else are you working on?
IH: I’m currently working on writing, directing, and producing a SAG-AFTRA registered action/drama short film. Production will wrap just before Christmas.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
IH: My movies never have happy endings. As much as I enjoy watching happy endings in movies, I find them dishonest and misleading, so I stay away from them in my own films. There is no “happy ever after” in real life; there’s only “now what?”

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
IH: My portfolio can be viewed at:
My IMDb is:

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
IH: It’s refreshing to see a genuine platform for aspiring filmmakers to showcase their work to audiences that want to see it. There are plenty of festivals that take advantage of aspiring filmmakers by charging exorbitant submission fees. EFP is clearly not one of them.

Charlie Mike will screen during The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, December 19th at The Bug Theatre.