EKE Pictures (derived from the initials of Edmiston-Kepler) is an ongoing, twenty-year collaboration between independent film producers Victor Kepler and Steve Edmiston.
Feature film titles produced by EKE include Crimes of the Past (2010, MarVista, starring David Rasche, Elizabeth Rohm, and Eric Roberts, premiere on Lifetime); A Relative Thing (2005, distributed by Official Best of Fest, Gaiam's Spiritual Cinema Circle); Farewell to Harry (2002, distributed by Porchlight Entertainment); The Periphery Project, Vol. I (2016 IndieFlix).
The team always has something in the hopper at various stages of development or production. Yes, like right now. Right there in the hopper. Original content, acquired rights, development, co-productions, attachments, ongoing distribution rights management - in the hopper.
A side note about my dear friend and mentor Victor.
Victor launched me into the film world.
I've learned a lot from Victor. Usually life lessons, more than film nuts or bolts. One example: actively define and create a time to stop moving forward for a moment, and celebrate some “thing”, that, by at least some small metric, has been achieved. The cliché is to “stop and smell the roses.” Victor is a genius at making sure we take time out to have a steak (or whatever equivilant our health permits) at The Met in Seattle to assure we breath and enjoy some event that, if we could only pause and step away to appreciate what has been accomplished, we should be throwing a party to celebrate.
For some reason, our first “greenlight” on a feature film was celebrated at the Met with a steak. We’ve learned an essential lesson of entrepreneurship – that each success leads immediately to a new set of challenges – and we’ve realized that without a physical act of celebration – the metaphorical steak – we’ll never enjoy the journey. We’ll just trade one set of stressful events for the next set of problems.
It is not lost on me that in some way, this website is another steak, thanks to Victor.