WRITER/DIRECTOR, WILHELM REICH DOCUMENTARY FILM PROJECT
Kevin has an M.F.A. in Film from the New York University Graduate Film School, worked as a screenwriter in Los Angeles and New York, is a member of the Writers Guild of America (West) in Los Angeles, and over the past ten years has been a film professor in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Since 2002 he has been a co-director of the Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust in Rangeley, Maine (www.wilhelmreichtrust.org) which helps to administer Reich’s archives at Harvard’s Countway Library of Medicine; works with New York publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux to publish Reich’s books; and operates the Wilhelm Reich Museum in Maine.
How will you become the best?
I prefer the word “better”, rather than “best”. And I think I get better by always trying to master the material in whatever project I’m working on.
Mastering the material doesn’t mean you know everything or that you’re always right. Nor does it give you the right to go out and call yourself an expert.
But mastering the material—which requires time, patience and exhaustive research—provides a vast reservoir of facts and context which allows for better intellectual and creative choices. And for this documentary, it definitely enabled me to prepare solid questions for all of my interviews.
Being able to tap into that broad range of choices is essential for producing honest and accessible narratives.
What fascinates you?
History continues to fascinate me, how the past is always with us, how the past continues to shape us. The last four years have marked the 150th anniversary of the Civil War which has always been my favorite subject. And we’re now into the 100th anniversary of World War I which has me reading John Keegan’s excellent book The First World War. I’m particularly fascinated by true stories of individuals whose lives intersect with major historical events, which is one of the undercurrents of the “Wilhelm Reich Documentary Film Project.”