|Being Bowled over by Kansas Bowling by Dale Pierce
Kansas Bowling has been interested in film her whole life. As a child, she made short films with her younger sister and began shooting Super 8 at 13.
Inspired by the likes of Russ Meyer, Annette Funicello, and Roger Corman, Kansas and her friend Kenzie began writing a script in high school about a tribe of cavewomen being stalked by a prehistoric monster. Thus, the first prehistoric slasher was born!
At only 17, Kansas directed, co-wrote, and funded her own feature film, entirely shot on 16mm, called “B.C. Butcher”.
From good word of mouth, she was able to cast such cult characters in her film such as Kato Kaelin (most famously known for the OJ Simpson murder trial), Rodney Bingenheimer (106.7 KROQ, “Mayor of the Sunset Strip”), and Kadeem Hardison (A Different World). The film is unique in many ways, being a horror flick and a comedy, featuring live music, gore, gags, and campy historical inaccuracy. Because of this, immediately after shooting, “B.C. Butcher” caught the eye of Lloyd Kaufman, legendary producer/director and founder of Troma Entertainment Inc. Troma acquired the film for distribution and is now slated for a 2016 release.
The film was also an official showcase at the 2015 Topanga Film Festival. Kansas has also directed various music videos on 16mm and 8mm for bands such as Alyeska (Lyle Lovett’s opening band) and CTZNSHP (indie Montreal group).
Kansas just wrapped shooting a beauty pageant inspired video for LA rock group Kill My Coquette, fronted by actress/model Natalie Denise Sperl (Around the World in 80 Days). The video features cameo appearances by Richie Ramone (Ramones), Cherie Currie (Runaways), and Rodney Bingenheimer (KROQ). Kansas remains fully committed to shooting film and making features and videos for the cult genre.