CIWF Filmmaker Interview with Katharyn Grant (Kayti)
Director/producer/lead actor, The One Who Loves You
Altaville Productions | www.TheOneWhoLovesYouMovie.com
Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
KG: I started out as an actor, and studied with teachers from The Actor’s Studio and The Neighborhood Playhouse, both very rigorous schools of acting based in Stanislovsky and The Group Theater in New York. Because I care about the kind of content I’m creating as an actor and what sort of projects I’m involved with, it was a natural progression for me to start making my own films. I think a lot of actors will agree that it is very limiting to be dependant on others in terms of what sort of roles you will play, and what sort of opportunities will come your way in order to practice your craft. And the interesting thing that occurred is that I ended up becoming very enamored with the over-all process of creating the big picture, and finessing the details that make for good story telling and good cinema.
Q: What are we going to see at CIWF? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
KG: I will be showing the trailer for my feature length film, “The One Who Loves You.” We are currently slated to play the film itself at two sizeable festivals, which we are very excited about, however because the programming of these fests has not yet been announced, we can’t talk about them for a few weeks still. In addition to these two fests, we’ve been invited to show the film at Cheyenne International Film Festival and the Whistlestop Film Festival next year.
Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
Q: What are your hopes for the event?
KG: Networking and building up a base we can reach out to in order to let people know about our forthcoming local screenings.
Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
KG: Very important, as there are so few female voices in cinema, and cinema is like literature—ultimately it’s a dialogue, and women need to be a part of this conversation, which is about self-realization as well as forming a critical mass that says, “It’s healthy to express, to explore the human condition, to create a forum for self-reflection, for dialogue, and for achieving interconnectedness with an audience.”
Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
KG: Non-filmmakers should definitely attend! The content needs to be compelling enough to entertain and enlighten those not in the filmmaking community, otherwise it becomes an exercise in self-indulgence, or an exercise in networking which is helpful, but ultimately not the point of why we do what we do.
Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
KG: God truly blesses the ignorant. I’m glad I had no idea how extraordinarily difficult it would be to make a feature length period piece with musical sequences on an ultra-low budget. Had I known the difficulty involved, I never would’ve had the balls to do this project.
Q: What else are you working on?
KG: Have a few projects in various stages of development.
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
I’m also a published author and poet: http://monkeypuzzlepress.com/books/interior-life-2/
The trailer for The One Who Loves You will screen Saturday August 17th at 5:00pm at The Bug Theatre.