If you had to choose one self-made independent filmmaker as a role model it would be Gary King. To date he has completed five films, the latest of which displays the huge range of this talent—a dramatic musical.
Gary is also one of the most genuine and approachable filmmakers you’ll ever meet, another reason we’ve invited him. A big part of his success is in connecting with his audience, through social media, beautiful web sites, video updates, etc. There really does appear to be 30 hours in Gary’s 24-hour day.
Best to let Gary tell his story:
I discovered the joy of watching films at an early age thanks to my parents. It was only later in life that I realized I wanted to make them as well. I studied Psychology in school and entered a career in Human Resources, but was not fulfilled creatively. After 5 years in the corporate world, I walked away and in 2006 moved from the Bay Area/Silicon Valley to New York in order to pursue filmmaking full-time. I haven’t looked back since. I’ve been fortunate enough to have 5 feature films under my belt: 3 works of my own and 2 “for-hire” films. I prescribe to the “one for me – one for them” philosophy where I love making both commercial and personal films. My latest feature is a musical/drama “How Do You Write A Joe Schermann Song” which has been 2 years in the making. I’m excited to share it with audiences in 2012. When not working, you can find me….oh who am I kidding I’m working all the time now because I love what I do. I’ve got movies on the brain.
We’re honored to feature two of Gary’s films at ICF 2013, “How Do You Write A Joe Schermann Song” and “What’s Up, Lovely.”