This week’s guest is writer/director James Kerwin. Writer/director James Kerwin and Nick discuss the cost of making motion pictures, the current state of the moviegoing experience, film school graduates vs. people making a movie on cheap equipment at home, the difference in film vs television production and placing a film in the context of when it was made.
James Kerwin was born Oct. 13, 1973 in St. Louis, Missouri, and earned his degree in filmmaking from T.C.U. in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to several film festival grand jury prizes, James Kerwin has earned distinctions such as the Accolade, the Telly, the Axiem, the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant, and the R.C. Norris Screenwriting Award. He was named “Best Director” and “Best Screenwriter” by New York Visionfest for “Yesterday Was a Lie,” his feature film debut from Entertainment One.
Kerwin’s live stage credits range from classical (Shakespeare’s “Venus and Adonis”) to modern (David Ives’ “Seven Menus” and “Mere Mortals” for Noah Wyle and Daniel Henning’s Blank Theatre Company). He was listed among the Los Angeles Times’ “Faces to Watch” as part of the Lone Star Ensemble theatre group, and his directing has been honored by critic Paul Birchall for two consecutive years in Back Stage Magazine’s “Best of the Year” list.
Kerwin’s work has been cited by scholarly organizations and journals such as the Shakespeare Association of America and Shakespeare Newsletter. He has instructed production and cinematography labs at T.C.U., served as a guest artist at U.T. Austin, and spoken on filmmaking and the science of film perception in venues as diverse as San Diego Comic-Con, NPR, and the University of Arizona’s Center for Consciousness Studies.
The Gettysburg’s Address #1 – James Kerwin – 12/04/15 is now available to download.