Meet YoungFilmmaker - Nicole Kemper

Nicole Kemper

The Mother Load

Writer, Producer, Director, Lead Actor

Columbia College in Chicago

What was the greatest lesson learned during your shoot? Acting and directing at the same time was certainly a challenge! I learned the importance of preproduction meetings and getting everyone on the same page before the shoot. It cuts down on time during the shoot, improves communication, and actually creates more time for trying new things.

What was the most difficult challenge you had to deal with? Everyone was really great and committed and a delight to work with. I would say working around the tight budget was the greatest difficulty. But the limitations we had caused some really excellent moments I couldn't have predicted and am very happy with!

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Brandon Ruckdashel

Brandon Ruckdashel is the Festival Director for YoungFilmmakers. He has been the Program Director for NewFilmmakers for the last three years and Marketing Director for six. Brandon is a filmmaker who is most well known for his acting work in the HBO series Co-Ed Confidential and numerous B-Movies. Brandon has worked with Roger Corman alumni Fred Olen Ray and Jim Wynorski along with a number of other very talented directors. Brandon's Directorial debut GRINDER will be out in theaters in 2016.

YoungFilmmakers screens quarterly in New York at Anthology Film Archives. Opened in 1970 by Jonas Mekas, Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage, Anthology in its original conception was a showcase for the Essential Cinema Repertory collection. An ambitious attempt to define the art of cinema by means of a selection of films which would screen continuously, the Essential Cinema collection was intended to encourage the study of the medium’s masterworks as works of art rather than disposable entertainment, making Anthology the first museum devoted to film as an art form. The project was never completed, but even in its unfinished state it represented an uncompromising critical overview of cinema’s history, and remains a crucial part of Anthology’s exhibition program.