Keenan DesPlanques is an award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer from Southwest Colorado. Keenan has worked with companies like The North Face, Outside TV, and Oakley. This is the first year that he has a film playing in the Ottawa Adventure film festival and we are stoked to have him. For his latest film he moved away from these big companies and pushed his limits in ‘Music for Free’.
‘Music for Free’ follows musician and poet Ben Beaver on his 2700 mile bike ride from Banff, Canada, to the US-Mexico Border. Ben gives free music concerts throughout his lengthy journey. Rather than filming from a car, Keenan loaded up a bike with camera gear and rode the journey right along side Ben to capture the full, unhindered, experience of the ride.
We reached out to Keenan recently to ask him 5 questions about his life as a filmmaker. Here are his answers:
How do you define adventure?
I define adventure as curiosity. A drive to find the unknown and get out of your comfort zone.
What do you wish you knew five years ago as a filmmaker?
I wish I knew that it doesn’t matter what images or camera you have. The power of the story and how you tell it is what matters!
What is your least favourite part of the filmmaking process and why?
My least favourite part of filmmaking is the funding and business side, it is a vital part of making art that isn’t very much fun.
What are the three things you can’t live without on a shoot?
I can’t live without my camera, audio equipment, and gummy bears.
Snack of choice to sneak into the movies?
Popcorn or gummy bears!
See you there!