EFP: Why did you become a filmmaker?
KH: Initially, it was a fun way to get together with friends and fake guns, hang out, and have something cool to show our friends after it was all said and done. It was the feeling of creating something out of little scraps of ideas, which became shots, which became a story. Although I feel I’ve come a long way from pretending to shoot my friends with fake guns, creating these alternate worlds with interesting stories filled with interesting people is something that captivates me to this day, and will continue to do so for a long time I’m sure. Filmmaking is also super cool because although it’s a lot of work, it’s always really fun.
EFP: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
KH: My short film, “Dreamer”, which is my longest project to date at just over 20 minutes long. It screened at my high school’s film festival, Films on a Shoestring, where it won awards for Best Sound Design, Cinematography, Leading Actress, Screenplay, and Director, as well as winning Best Picture and People’s Choice. An abridged version was also shown at Fort Collins’ Lyric Cinema Cafe for their 2015 #filmfest where it took home Best Drama, and was an honorable mention for Best Picture.
EFP: What else are you working on?
KH: Right now, I’m preparing for my second year at Colorado Film School along with several of my cast and crew members from Dreamer. I’ve been working on a couple scripts, but nothing for sure yet.
EFP: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
KH: When I first started out, everyone would show up on set and we wouldn’t even have a script. We’d pick a place to film, and made stuff up as we went along based on who all showed up and wanted to act/work camera/etc. Although I do somewhat miss this carefree approach to making little action videos, I do like knowing what I’m doing before I do it.
EFP: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
KH: To see more about “Dreamer” specifically, like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/
EFP: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
KH: One of the hardest things about being an indie filmmaker is getting your work seen. EFP has done an amazing job bringing out people to connect with and to show off your work to. It’s also super awesome to have your film being shown in an actual theater, so that’s pretty cool too.
“Dreamer” will be screening at the May 2016 Emerging Filmmaker’s Project at the Bug Theatre.