Interview with Filmmaker Kevin McLellan (DICK)

DICK was the winner of BEST SHORT FORM SHORT FILM at the July 2022 LA LGBTQ+ Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

The homoeroticism in Insomnia: Combat Fatigue which I knew was in the public domain.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

Six months

3. How would you describe your film in two words!?

Political. Subversive.

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Making sure that I was not violating any copyright issues.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

I felt proud.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

The COVID era allowed me to expand creatively beyond poetry.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

The Wizard of Oz was televised yearly when I was a child.

8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?

How to market/sell a screenplay.

9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?


10. What is your favorite meal?


11. What is next for you? A new film?

The CAMIT-funded Wojnarowicz in Cambridge project will exhibit at MIT’s Rotch Library Gallery from September 15, 2022 to October 26, 2022. Wojnarowicz in Cambridge is a series of photographic portraits brings queer visibility into the public sphere, inviting viewers to consider identity—as something constructed, as something fluid and changeable—so that the current dialogue (and debate) about identity politics becomes more nuanced, more inclusive, more representative.

The full-length poetry collection In Other Words You/ will be published by the Word Works in the Spring 2023.
There is a non-linear screenplay that is nearly completed and there are a few other shorts waiting to hear from some film festivals.


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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