Rogue Cinema Sleepover Girl – April 2014
All about Kirsten:
Age: Old Enough
Location: My productions are based out of Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.
Some of my favorite things: This may be cheesy, but I love my puppies! I also have an ever growing collection of Star Wars memorabilia, but I do own on of the original theatrical posters for “Empire Strikes Back”, which is the golden egg of my collection.
Most people would be surprised to know that I: Whereas most people listen to inspiring music while they work out, I listen to podcasts about filmmaking! I also am an active duty corpsman in the Navy!
Hobbies / special skills: I pride myself that I am good with organizing stuff, whether it be a vacation or pre-production for a film. I also make jewelry occasionally- on my last film, I made all of the females cute little necklaces that they wore throughout the prodution.
Number of years in Film: 5+ in film as a variety of positions, but I’ve been in the entertainment world since I was a kid. I’ve dabbled in everything from singing to acting, and my college degree is in Music Performance, where I focused on percussion and performance art.
Favorite genre(s) and or film(s): I love the horror genre, especially the slasher and serial killer sub genres. I try to watch anything I can though, from romantic comedies (best watched with a tub of ice cream!) to documentaries. Of course, I am a huge 80’s fan (as I write this, I’m watching “Sleepaway Camp 2”), and movies like “E.T.” and “Star Wars” are top on my list.
Acting / modeling gigs that I’m the most proud of: Of course, I am very proud of my directorial short film debut, “Hopscotch”. It has been a journey, and I am so proud of everyone’s hard work on it. Also, a film that I produced, “VEER!”, just got distribution for this summer. The director on that film, Patrick Barry, has worked so hard on that film since we shot it, and I am constantly impressed by the amazing things that keeps coming from that film. I am proud to have been a part of it.
What I look for in a potential film making job: When I first started, I wanted to work on anything and everything in order to gain experience. This was hard, but a lot of fun most of the time. Now, I am definitely more picky, and have learned a lot from the trials and tribulations I went through. I currently have two projects that I am working on, one in development and one in pre production, that I am being very meticulous and careful with. With these projects that I am helming I want to make sure that the film is as successful as it can be, but I also want to ensure that my crew has an awesome experience. Film is a collaborative art, and that is something I remind myself of every day!
PR and Production Contact:
Kirsten Walsh was born in the sunny state of California in the mid-80s. A military brat, she turned to movies and music to help her through the multiple moves, as well as the theater community in the locations she lived. She became involved in the music and art community in Jacksonville, Florida while attending college and shortly after graduation, she became involved with a feature film and the film community.
During this time, she attempted to learn as much as she could about every job, and served as a script supervisor and production manager on that first production. While shooting that film, she met director Patrick Barry, who was in pre-production for his feature, “VEER!”, and jumped on board as a producer. Citing him as the best director she has worked with, after working on that film, Walsh continued to work on several short films and film projects in Jacksonville.
Walsh is a strong supporter of the independent film community in all of its endeavors, having been involved with a web series and a YouTube skit team. She has also served on the staff for the Jacksonville Film Festival and the Maryland Film Festival. In May 2013, her creative partner Christian Nelson approached her with a script written for her to direct, and Nurvs Media was born. “Hopscotch” was her directorial debut, and will be hitting the film festival circuit in 2014.
Currently, she is in pre production for the second Nurvs Media film, “Six and Seven”, and is collaborating with filmmaker Damian Lahey (“The Heroes of Arvine Place”, “Cocaine Angel”) on another film to be shot in 2014.
Photography Credits: Christopher Laha.
Thanks Kirsten! If you’re an actress or otherwise involved in the independent film industry and would like to be a Rogue Cinema Sleepover Girl of the Month, head on over to the Sleepover Girl info page to find out how.