“A photograph is not an objective interpretation of visible reality, but rather a subjective interpretation of what we feel.”
Somewhere between Cub Scouts and ET, Kenneth face-planted into a lifelong fascination with imagery, light, and pixelvision. Inspired by a trustworthy Bell & Howell Super-8 and a large industrial wasteland, Kenneth grew up to secure a degree in cinematography from a small conservatory known as the North Carolina School of the Arts. Kenneth starved himself long enough to jump aboard David Gordon Green’s breakout film, GEORGE WASHINGTON and contribute second unit photography, later nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for cinematography.
"I approach every film with a few key broadstrokes, but really try to uncover the thousands of 'telling details' that organically construct a scene, like an architect developing a dream. For me, filmmaking is a perfect, harmonious blend between science and art...the technical and the aesthetical."
Kenneth's work spans multiple genres. His passion for indie dramas has furthered his relationship with David Gordon Green, lending second-unit photography to ALL THE REAL GIRLS and UNDERTOW, affording him the opportunity to work with all-time fav TERRENCE MALICK. Well versed in comedy and action flicks, between THE GUATEMALAN HANDSHAKE (second unit) and the vfx-intensive thriller EYEBORGS, Wilson has come to make every shot count. Lingering, explosive, poetic, realistic. And sometimes strange.
Least we forget the small screen. Wilson's credits include the reality series ROUSCH RACING: DRIVER X for DISCOVERY, THE DRIVE for CMT, WINGS OF MAN for THE HISTORY CHANNEL, the PBS documentary BATTLE OF SAILOR’S CREEK, and a really great chance to meet Tammy Faye Baker on her last series, DEATH DEFYING (WE network). Oh yes, and lots of NASCAR, MTV and BET.
Championing intimate collaborations and capturing intriguing imagery keep Kenneth preoccupied, possessed, and employed. And one day he might even retire into directing if his eyesight goes south.
AWARDED: Kodak Outstanding Cinematography, Slamdunk Jury Award (Fudgie and Jane), Indy Spirit Nomination (George Washington), Reelwoods Best Feature Film (Chicks 101), New England Film Fest-Best Feature (You Are Alone), Wired Magazine's Best Something (IBM: Launch), Sundance Special Jury Award (All the Real Girls), Discovery Award-Toronto Film Fest, NYFCC Critics Award (George Washington), Slamdance Jury Award (The Guatemalan Handshake), Gold Space Needle-
Seattle Int'l Film Fest (DoubleTime), Excellence in Filmmaking--USA National Board of Review (Undertow).