Meet Dycee Wildman

August 28, 2010

Meet Dycee Wildman. By day, she is a coffee slinger at Fido, her place of work for over a year. She’s the one with the lifesize bird in her hair, her signature look. As a teenager, Dycee used to spend hours late at night playing cards on the porch of Bongo on Belmont, but now, comes here “really early in the morning to eat breakfast.” She has come full circle.

After studying film at Hampshire College in Massachusetts and living in New York City, she has since moved back to town, at least for a while. She says she “likes the idea of pulling together a traveling vaudeville troupe and living on the road for a while,” so really, who knows where she might end up in a couple years. In the meantime, however, she is working on her first feature length film that frankly, sounds super cool.

Her elevator answer to the standard question, “what is your film about,” is that it is a “late 70s inspired horror film about the loss of identity in the face of struggle.” But really, she concludes, “it’s actually just about an invasion of bugs.” After talking to her about this film for an hour, I’m ready to be the first person in line to buy a ticket. It’s not going to be one of those slasher, buckets of blood everywhere, screaming ladies being sawed in half with a chainsaw type of film. No, it will be much smarter and savvier than that. She cites inspiration from directors Roman Polanski and Terry Gilliam and movies like Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Rosemary’s Baby. It’s going to make your skin crawl, but in that intellectual sort of way.

It’s a very different process making a film on your own as opposed to in college where you have an endless supply of cameras and microphones and things to make sets with and people to help you who don’t need to be paid. And to make a 90 minute movie from start to finish, is a very long process. The “Making Of” extras on a DVD, really don’t do it justice. Already she’s a year and a half into it and hopes that by this time next year she’ll be ready to start filming. Her current state of mind, she tells me, is that of “a snail crawling up a very big mountain.” At the moment, she needs to raise money and is hoping that “the gimmick of a young southern woman making a horror film” might turn a couple heads, or at least empty a few wallets.

And for all you musicians out there, Dycee dabbles in the music video side of things as well. Her specialty: being really creative based on the limits of your means. She is a film maker who only recently, like in the last few months recently, got a camera. So I imagine, she might have a few interesting tricks up her sleeve.

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One Response to “Meet Dycee Wildman”

  1. Kimber Says:

    Carolyn, if we happen to drop in to this coffee shop some time when I come to visit, I’m gonna ask that my coffee is merely “handed” to me. No “slinging” please! I’m just sayin’… 😉


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