Meet the filmmaker: Kai Dickson, “Theseus”


kaiQ: Why did you become a filmmaker?
KD: When I was young I saw some behind the scenes footage from the 2002 “Spiderman” and ever since, had an intense fascination with the magic that goes into making a film. Of course as I got older, I discovered many ways to translate my philosophy, views, and emotions into stories and characters. It simply became my life’s passion, and it keeps my heart beating everyday.

Q: What are we going to see at the Film Novella & Feature Fest? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
KD: My film, THESEUS is a 25 minute Sci-fi, Action/Thriller, loosely based off of the mythology of Theseus and the Minotaur. It takes place in the a futuristic, dytopian-implied world and deals a lot with how our minds can bend our perception. Theres a lot of action too. Its screened at a couple film festivals already, most notability the “Indie Spirit Film Festival” and the “Stanley Horror Film Festival” both in Colorado.

Q: What else are you working on?
KD: I’m about to start filming my first feature film, Into the Night, in September. Its a coming of age drama about a Guitarist finding his voice and his place amongst his friends/family. Really excited to start that one.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
KD: I shoot each character differently in style. There still lies an overall “look” for the film, but I love experimenting with how I can represent one character differently from another with the cinematography. A simple example would be, shooting handheld for a more emotional, free-spirited character, then locking down the camera on sticks and restricting movement for a character who has emotional parameters, or who is closed-minded.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
KD: I have a Youtube Channel and a Vimeo page. Just search Kai Dickson for both.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers
KD: I’ve never had a film here before, so all I can say is that I’m super excited to see the atmosphere, watch great independent cinema, and meet more like-minded artists. Always psyched to be apart of anything that brings more filmmakers together.

Theseus will screen November 29th at 6:00 p.m. during Film Novella & Feature Fest 2015 at The Bug Theatre.