July 26, 2018 Episode 221 - Kansas Bowling (Making Your Own Film Career)

Kansas Bowling is a writer, director, and editor of music videos and feature films. Bowling’s first film “B.C. Butcher”, the world’s first prehistoric slasher film, starred Kato Kaelin and was released by Troma Entertainment. She is currently directing her second feature film. Bowling has directed two dozen music videos for artists of various genres. Kansas Bowling shoots and directs exclusively on film.

We chat about getting banned from social media (particularly Instagram), how to make your own career, and tons more!


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Show Notes

[00:02:20] - Kansas getting banned from Instagram

[00:04:33] - Making a movie at 17

  • BC Butcher is a 2016 American horror comedy film directed by 17-year-old Kansas Bowling about a tribe of cavewomen being stalked by a prehistoric monster. It has been dubbed as "the first prehistoric slasher film". It was released in January 2016 by Troma Entertainment.

-- Troma - is an American independent film production and distribution company founded by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz in 1974. The company produces low-budget independent films, primarily of the horror genre. Many of them play on 1950s horror with elements of farce, parody, gore and splatter. In 2012, the company officially released many of its films on YouTube. Troma has produced, acquired and distributed over 1,000 independent films since its creation.

-- Lloyd Kaufman -  is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. With producer Michael Herz, he is the co-founder of Troma Entertainment film studio, and the director of many of their feature films, including The Toxic Avenger and Tromeo and Juliet.

[00:06:45] - Weirdest offers Kansas has received

[00:08:14] - Best scripts Kansas has been sent

-- Photo of Kansas from upcoming, The Electra Complex


-- Mondo -  is an exploitation documentary film, sometimes resembling a pseudo-documentary and usually depicting sensational topics, scenes, or situations. Common traits of Mondo films include an emphasis on taboo subjects (such as death and sex), portrayals of foreign cultures, and staged sequences presented as genuine documentary footage. Over time, the films placed increasing emphasis on footage of the dead and dying (both real and fake).

[00:13:15] - Favorite Movies and Directors

-- Orson Welles - was an American actor, director, writer, and producer who worked in theatre, radio, and film. He is remembered for his innovative[1] work in all three: in theatre, most notably Caesar (1937), a Broadway adaptation of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar; in radio, the legendary 1938 broadcast "The War of the Worlds"; and in film, Citizen Kane (1941), consistently ranked as one of the greatest films ever made.

-- Don Juan (Or If Don Juan Were a Woman) (1973) - Jeanne lives in Paris and believes she is the reincarnation of Don Juan. She visits a priest and tells him she has killed a man. He comes to her elegant flat - her father has died leaving her rich - and she tells the priest stories about men she has seduced. The seduction is easy, she tells him, it's destruction that takes planning. We watch her with an upright elected official, a wealthy boor, and a folk singer. She describes herself as a spider. Her friend Léporella tries to be Jeanne's conscience. What does Jeanne want?

-- Midnight Cowboy -  is a 1969 American drama film based on the 1965 novel of the same name by James Leo Herlihy. The film was written by Waldo Salt, directed by John Schlesinger, and stars Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman.

[00:15:19] - Kansas' tips for Directing

[00:18:58] - Parting Thoughts

-- Phil Spector - is an American record producer, musician, and songwriter who developed the Wall of Sound, a music production formula he described as a "Wagnerian" approach to rock and roll. Spector is considered the first auteur among musical artists for the unprecedented freedom and control he had over every phase of the recording process. Additionally, he helped engender the idea of the studio as its own distinct instrument. For these contributions, he is acknowledged as one of the most influential figures in pop music history. Later in his life, Spector became notorious for the 2003 death of actress Lana Clarkson, of which he was convicted of second degree murder.

Music videos directed by Kansas Bowling


Kansas Bowling

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