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Local filmmaker loves uncovering diverse stories

Thu, Sep 13, 2012

One on One

Kevin Beechwood grew up playing with home video cameras and making his own miniature productions.

The 31-year-old Colorado Springs native was drawn to a career in visual arts. He studied film in college and now is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in film studies and video editing.

In 2009, he co-produced The Last Bogatyr, which was a finalist in the 37th Student Academy Awards. And he’s produced and assistant-directed several music videos with Montauk Film, including The Epilogues’ The Fallout, which is currently on the playlist for VH1 and MTV.

This summer, Beechwood has been working as an associate producer on the movie CREEP! with local movie director Pete Schuermann and executive producer Nancy Theken. It’s a movie that tells the story of a 1960s psychopathic movie director who scams investors into making a B movie called The Creeping Terror.

How did you get into filmmaking?

I’ve felt drawn to a career in the visual arts since my formative years. Like many filmmakers, I grew up playing with home video cameras and making my own miniature productions. Throughout high school I made several short films and developed a love for travel, which led me to document those experiences. I decided to follow this career path and made it the primary focus of my undergraduate degree. After several years in the industry, I feel I have a firm understanding of video production as well as film theory, and what it takes to be a quality filmmaker.

What are some projects you’ve worked on?

In 2009, I co-produced The Last Bogatyr, which earned a spot as a finalist in the 37th Student Academy Awards. I have produced and assistant directed several music videos with Montauk Film. One of our most recent music videos, The Fallout, just reached VH1 and MTV! I also do regular production work documenting the cadets and various events of the Air Force Academy. I recently produced and shot a new short film, Conditional, directed by Pete Schuermann. Conditional is currently in its film festival run. I’m also a special topics lecturer at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

How did you get involved in the CREEP! project?

Pete Schuermann approached me about helping to produce his short film, Conditional. As our professional friendship grew, he introduced me to his newest project, CREEP! I thought the project had great potential and started investing my talents in helping to produce this feature film. CREEP! is currently in the middle of production.

How would you describe the film industry here in the Springs?

Next question. (Just joking.) Colorado Springs is filled with several very talented filmmakers and visual artists. We have a diverse community that is making some truly amazing work! Unfortunately, I feel the Colorado Springs market is not quite large enough to support large-scale productions, requiring some filmmakers to seek elsewhere in order to make a living.

What is your favorite movie? And why?

I can’t narrow my response down to just one. I do, however, love documentary films because they provide great insight into diverse topics. One movie at the top of my list would be Naqoyqatsi, which is the final film in the Qatsi Trilogy. I’m also excited to see a newly released visual film called, SAMSARA, directed by Ron Fricke, who is considered to be a master of time-lapse photography and large-format cinematography.

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