Armed with only a Hi8 camera and a band of close friends, Kyle set off into the deep of the Olympic National Forest to shoot his first short films.

He emerged years later to attend the American Film Institute Conservatory. His AFI thesis film premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, was a BAFTA Los Angeles Student Film Award finalist, and was awarded a Student Emmy by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation at the 33rd Annual College Television Awards.