King's students create comedic short film


Financial District, NEW YORK--Fully in character, Shakespeare lunges with his rapier at college student Kelly in The King’s College library in a scene from the upcoming short film, Kelly vs. The Philosophers.

“It’s cheesy--we know,” freshman Josh Simons said of the movie, comparing it to Hot Rod and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

Simons is the chief of production/producer and assistant director of the movie, and said he is optimistic about the film’s progress so far.

The cast of Kelly vs. the Philosophers. Submitted photo.

“I think it’s gone pretty well,” he said. “Our cast and crew has bonded.”

Simons, who previously wrote, produced and directed in his own television series set at his high school, said he is considering a career in film, and working on Kelly is great experience.

“It’s always great to do something you’re passionate about,” he said.

Also interested in pursuing a profession in the film industry is the movie’s director, sophomore Joseph Holmes.

“I want to be an independent filmmaker, director, and screenwriter,” said Holmes. “I just love the experience of movies and I want to share that with others.”

The plot involves a female college student who is forced to fight the different philosophers she is studying for class, “Scott Pilgrim style,” Holmes said.

“I wanted to do something that would be fun and would be meaningful,” he said.”I hope that [audiences] are entertained. That they get a chance to see some of the talent that is at King’s.”

One of the talents is Rachel Kyle ('16) who plays the titular role of Kelly.  “She is so funny and can do the comic timing perfectly," said Holmes.

Kyle said she was encouraged by Holmes to try out and is happy she did.

Having previously acted in high school and last year in the school’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest, Kyle said “acting is definitely on my list” of potential career options. “I hope people enjoy it, have fun and get a laugh. ‘Cause it’s totally King’s."

Holmes said the film will, on a yet unspecified date, have an official premiere and be available for viewing online.