One Day in Boston

Profile Spotlight: Ken Winikur

Winikur Productions Demo Reel 2014 from Winikur Productions on Vimeo.

1. Who are you and what is your profession?

My name is Ken Winikur and I am a documentary filmmaker creating independent projects and work for museums.

2. Can you tell us a little about your background and upbringing?

I am a Philly boy born and bred who relocated to Boston about 10 years ago.  Yes, I hear a lot about Larry Bird but I still rock my Sixers jersey.

3. What inspired you to become a filmmaker?

When I was in high school my friends and I would make films on a Fisher Price Movie Camera.  It used to record sound and picture on cassettes and play back a very grainy, very cool, black and white image.  When I was in college I studied English Literature but always took film/video production classes.  It was then that I started to become very excited about the possibilities of how you could explore ideas through moving images.

4. Who or what do you most admire?

I admire people who live the lives that they want to live and not the lives they think they should.  That takes bravery and I admire brave people.

5. What do you love about Boston?

Each city has their own unique personality.  What I love about Boston is that it is permeated with an incredible sense of the possible.  Things actually change here.  Problems are addressed and solutions are sought.  There isn’t a fear of trying something new.  

6. What do you fear most for Boston?

My biggest fear for Boston is the loss of diversity.  Diversity is what makes cities vibrant.  All forms of diversity.

7. What do you hope for Boston in the next 20 years?

I hope Boston continues to address its problems in creative and revolutionary ways.  I hope it never becomes complacent and I hope it finds solutions to core problems that can act as a model for other cities.

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