Kevin once had hair past his shoulders, but you would never guess that now with his standing once-a-week appointment with his barber for his beard. Back then, with his golden locks and unkempt beard, Kevin was learning documentary film production from the best in the business: Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams, Steve, Life Itself). After graduating from film school (Columbia College Chicago) Kevin didn’t think a 9-to-5 was his style, so he freelanced — working with CNN, Google, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, PBS and independent film companies across the globe.
With a spirit of curiosity at heart, Kevin picked up his life and his dog, Nesta, and moved to Colombia to manage an educational program in the Andes. He admits that he only knew three words of Spanish before leaving: cerveza, gato and gordo … and the story goes: The first word he learned in Colombia was guapo, but we don’t believe him.
After two years of fincas, fiestas and frijoles (oh, my!), Kevin decided to trade in his camera for a desk and hunkered down for a master’s degree in international relations from New York University. After graduating, he returned to filmmaking (his second love after his girlfriend, Isabel) and worked for the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Did we mention he had long hair? Kevin still is not sure how he got security clearance.
Kevin is just as happy relaying the story of gangs on the South Side of Chicago as he is getting chased by guerrillas in the jungles of South America, producing stories across Africa (during the Ebola outbreak), dancing salsa in Cuba, tracking albino rhinos or sipping Kumis in a former Soviet Union country. He claims this is all in the name of storytelling, but we think he’s just addicted to finding out what’s around the corner.