KAI COLLINS FILMS
Passions: snacks, sunscreen, laughing, making people laugh, Bill Murray
Style: writes on hand; pockets stuffed with minimum of three pens, Sharpie, and Leatherman; freakishly strong, but bruises easily; terrible at texting
Owns: somewhere around 400 records on vinyl
Cities moved to with no job, apartment, or knowing anyone: four (thus far)
Plan B: Never had one
Writer, director, and self-taught filmmaker, Kai Collins got an early start creating her own material. She thought she peaked at ten, debuting An Evening of One Acts, charging family for admission and refreshments. While her themes remain consistent, writing about what she knows (awkwardness, betrayal, overthinking...) through a comedic lens, Collins has kicked it up a notch from coerced family theatre.
Her most recent film To the Grave (Director/Writer/Producer), a dark comedy, won Best Comedy at Oregon Short Film Festival 2019. The film made its World Premiere at Nice International Film Festival, May 2018, where it was nominated for Best Short, Best Comedy Short, and Best Supporting Actress. It won the Best Actress Award at its West Coast debut at L.A. Comedy Festival in November 2018, and also screened at Julien Dubuque IFF in April 2018, where it was picked up for international distirbution by Leomark Studios.
Cannabis Moms Club (Co-Writer/Producer), a series exploring the pressures of life and parenting via the "truth serum" of cannabis, was lauded by NPR as one of "The Best Series on the Internet” after its August 2016 debut. The series was highly praised in Vanity Fair, Forbes and High Times, among others.
Additional projects include TEMP(orary) (Co-Director/Producer), a comedic webseries co-produced with Hearst, Cosmopolitan, and Sparkling Ice; Women in Film’s debut digital series Flip the Script (Co-Director); and The American Heart Association’s 2017 campaign "Healthy for Good" (Co-Director/Producer).
Collins discovered her passion for improv at American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, her love for writing at The Second City in Chicago, and trained at The Groundlings in Los Angeles, where she co-founded Quiet Duke Productions prior to establishing Kai Collins Films. In her free time, Collins enjoys making lists, chastising people who cast recyclables in the trash, teaching dance to kids, and diving headlong into the ocean.
A native San Diegan, Collins left the ocean for the Berkshires, where she graduated from Williams College with dual degrees in Theatre and Psychology.