-Who is Kevin Foster?
That’s a tough question to answer. I’d say… “A Dreamer who gets the job done by turning his dreams into realities, because as we all know, ‘Dreaming is a Serious Business.'” More about me can be found at… Kevin-Foster.com.
-What inspired you to become a producer?
I’ve been in the business of show now for 60 years, in all capacities… Broadway and Film actor, writer, producer, Guinness World Record Holder (New York Subway)… I even rode a bicycle for 12 years (winning the 1990 Cyclist of the Year) and had more fame and fortune in that than I did in the theatre / film business. Upon my retirement in 1998 as an Adventure Cyclist, I continued with my philanthropic work and in 2004, I was given the opportunity to Produce, Write and Star in my first feature film, YESTERDAY’S DREAMS, about a middle aged man who yearns to meet a good woman to settle down with and raise a family.
From there, I produced a friend’s feature documentary called, HOLLYWOOD ON FIRE, about the Christian influence in the film industry, as well as a friend’s music CD called SABER BYTES that reach #1 on college radio in the Summer of 2009 in North America. I was also involved (as an investor) with a short documentary that won that 2008 Academy Award (Oscar) called SMILE PINKI.
In 2019, my own life story, AGAINST THE WALL, came out as a Documentary Short and the worldwide response was incredible, qualifying us for the 2020 Academy Awards. Our latest Documentary Short, A PERFECT LOVE, about a Kentucky, USA family who adopted six children with special needs from China over the span of eight years, is just having unbelievable success on the festival circuit. In the first 10 weeks of 2023, the film has been selected into 21 film festivals, winning 10 of them and qualifying for the 2024 Academy Awards. People have been very drawn to the story.
I have found over the years that I enjoy Producing than the other fields of acting and writing (and hopefully soon, will be able to Direct a film) as Producers are the ones who build the ship and do the hiring to guide and bring that ship into port. Once the film is complete, I then lay out a strategy on how to guide the film to it’s greatest potential.
-Do you think the cinema can bring a change in the society?
I grew up in the Theatre, so that’s my background, but the same principles hold true for film and any other medium (music, painting, writing)… stories have the power to change society for the good or the bad, depending on what the storyteller’s goals are. Man has been telling stories for thousands of years and will continue to do so in whatever new and creative mediums are out there. Cinema has been changing society for over a hundred years, one film at a time.
-What would you change in the world?
Since Cain slew Abel some 6000 years ago, the world has never known peace. We’re long overdue for a cleansing and a rest.
-Where do you see the film industry going in the next 100 years?
I don’t even see society, with the way it’s currently going, to last another hundred years, so it is with the film industry. Society wants, demands, FREE content and we, as artists, have to figure out how to give the public what they want and still survive. There’s so much content out there now, most of it is junk… how can we shock an audience more? How long can we assault an audience’s senses? Studios today want to get 100% of the public, but that impossible, and because of that mindset, there’s a lot of wasted effort and money. We need to return back to the old ways and really get back to telling compelling stories and stop with the checklists (okay, let’s make sure we have all the different diverse groups, etc…). Filmmaker’s you are not going to get every group. Not even God can do that, so don’t bother. Just zero in on the group you’re going for and tell your story in such a way that the audience will want to see it and be happy to pay for the experience.