Kevin Contento is a Colombian-American filmmaker who grew up in South Florida. A University of Central Florida alumnus, he majored in cinema studies with a minor in philosophy, religion, and popular culture. He earned his MFA in Screenwriting and Directing from the graduate film program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. His thesis film, "Hierophany" world premiered at the 2018 LA film festival, in 2019 it played at over a dozen festivals including Slamdance in Park City, Utah and a sold-out screening at the prestigious BAM Rose Cinema as part of the Caribbean Film Series. "The Conference of the Birds," his debut feature film, continues to explore the theme of divine unity with a cast of Florida teenagers.
These photographs were taken in 2017 outside a small town in rural Florida called Pahokee. Some of them are from the set of a short film I made, while others were collected rabbiting hunting on a separate occasion with Malik and his cousin. One in particular was taken on a day when I came across a group of young rabbit hunters. A local cop accused them of trespassing and forced them to toss all their rabbits, or else he would arrest them. It was ludicrous, but this photograph was all they were able to keep from that day. Many thanks go out to Malik, Jean, Boleg, Roy, and Carter.