Like it or not, you probably know of the Kardashians. Who you probably haven’t heard of is Kam Kardashian. But in your defense, the Kardashian family probably hasn’t heard of her either. She’s the title character in the new web series Kam Kardashian created and produced by Fawzia Mirza and written, directed and edited by Ryan Logan. The fictional character Kam is the black sheep of the family (and when considering this family, that’s saying a lot,) who is supposedly outcast for being a lesbian. Click here for the first season as well as the first episode of season two, http://www.youtube.com/kamkardashian/
I was fortunate enough to talk to Ryan and Fawzia about their web series. First up, Ryan Logan. Ryan Logan is an award-winning short film director living in Chicago, IL. His work, often noted for being playfully inventive, has received over 100 festival, museum, and university screenings throughout the world including Seattle International Film Festival, Outfest, Newfest, Frameline, and Palm Springs International Shortsfest. His work has been programmed in diverse venues such as the Director’s Guild of America, Lincoln Center, British Film Institute, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, National Canadian Gallery, and the Royal Ontario Museum.
So, Ryan, you write, direct and edit the web series Kam Kardashian–is it ideal to do all three or is it out of necessity?
I would say it’s a little bit of both. I would, in the future, continue to write and direct. I do love editing, but I prefer to edit the projects of others. It’s so difficult to edit your own work.
Are you a Kardashian fan or more of a fan of the fans?
I didn’t really know who any of the Kardashian’s were before we started. I knew Kim from advertisements and things and I knew of the show. I’m more interested in how much people are interested in them. I wrote a piece with the Huffington post about my fascination with, I guess, other people’s fascination. I mean, these are people who literally just get massages on television and people watch hour long blocks of this stuff.
How much of a gap was there between seasons one and two? Were you always planning on having a second season?
We actually shot everything last spring. Making a web series was new to us, so we were just trying to figure out the format as we went along. We actually made the first episode as a web short, and enjoyed that so much we just kept making more. Making a second season has been great for us because it’s allowed us to plan and write a full season arc for the character.
Has there been any word from the Kardashian’s? Are there concerns about the legality of inserting a fictional character into their lives?
We haven’t, but we would love to! Kam would love to be reunited with her family! On top of that, Kam might get a little of the spotlight she’s been craving. From a legal standpoint, we’re a equal parts satire and parody, similar to celebrity sketches on Saturday Night Live.
And now for Fawzia. Fawzia Mirza is an actor and producer based in Chicago. She has appeared in the movies Jamie and Jesse Are Not Together, The Widow and The Queen Of My Dreams and has produced the films A Fish Out Of Water and The Queen of My Dreams and is currently in rehearsals for a role in The Goodman Theater and has been named one of Chicago Magazine’s “Most Beautiful People.”
Being a professional actor, was the comedic shift of Kam a departure from your comfort zones or a welcome change?
In some ways, sure, because it’s not all that I do. I went through Improv Olympic and ever since I was a little husky kid, being funny was my way of not feeling like an outsider. Having an overdeveloped funny personality was a way to feel included.
How was Kam created?
I had an audition for a comedy show and being someone who identifies as queer, I wanted to do a queer character. A friend and I decided it would be funny if we did a queer Kardashian. And doing the character, on camera, was like creating a bio. That’s when I started collaborating with Ryan and we both turned Kam into our significant other.
When you created her, did you imagine that she’d span over multiple seasons?
No! …I mean, sure, there’s always a dream. We originally planned on one episode. Then we thought we’d throw her on the internet and see what happens. And people responded really well. Not only did people respond well but we were drawn to her and her kooky life.
Flash forward, 5 years, where’s Kam? Still on the web? On Tv? Or just a fond memory of an eccentric actress?
God no, she’s on TV. Duh, hands down, she has a TV show. She’s probably getting a GLAD award, she’s getting a GLAWD award. She’s hosting the Grammy’s.
Stay tuned to the Kam Kardashian youtube page as well as become a fan of the facebook page. And if you want to party with the Kardashian, here’s a link to the event she’s doing in Chicago Sunday April 7th.
BONUS: Watch Fawzia and myself appear in a PSA for Pakistani flood relief here.