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Meet the Filmmaker: Peter Lively, “Carry Safe”

EFP Filmmaker Interview with Peter Lively
Carry Safe
www.peterlively.com

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?

PL: Nothing special. I’ve always loved creating- painting, drawing, music, drama. Seemed natural to make movies, but it wasn’t until I was asked to make slideshows, promos, and skits for churches, ministries, and different groups that it became something more. I love it. There’s nothing else I want to do.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?

PL: It’s a comedic promo for a baby-carrier device invented by a local entrepreneur. It’s called, “Carry-Safe”, and we made it in a short film format. Pauline (played by Jami Haber), a stressed young mom is having a typically difficult start to her day. She encounters someone who has a device that could make her life a lot easier.

Q: What else are you working on?

I’m the DP and Editor of a “Just Media” documentary production about the children of latino immigrants, in collaboration with Denise Soler Cox and Henry Ansbacher, entitled “ñ”. I’m also finishing up post-production on my newest short film, “Dishwasher,” and have started the production company, “Red Mesa Films”.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?

PL: I’m a nerd, through-and-through; always have been and always will be. I love Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, etc. etc., and I played D&D for several years until I realized it was seriously hampering my chances of ever getting married. (I later got pulled into playing D&D for jocks, otherwise knows as Fantasy Football)

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?

PL: peterlively.com is a start. I also have a youtube channel, a vimeo channel, and I’ll soon have a Red Mesa Films website.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?

PLIt’s a gift to Colorado filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike. I don’t know if many other major metro areas have something like this. No pretension or haughtiness. The EFP is a true celebration of independent film.

Carry Safe will screen September 19th at The Emerging Filmmakers Project.

Meet the Filmmaker: Bradley Haag, “Reel Nerds Podshow Episode 1: Gay for RDJ”

1167729_10151702995643124_2120419465_nEFP Filmmaker Interview with Bradley Haag
Reel Nerds Podshow Episode 1: Gay for RDJ
www.nebulusvisions.com

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?

BH: Coding websites is boring. Getting your friends together and telling stories is much more satisfying.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP?

BH: I’m screening the first episode of web series the “Reel Nerds Podshow”. It’s an exaggerated account of the lives of three movie podcasters in Denver. Crazy hijinks ensue.

Q: Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?

BH: It has previously screened at Open Screen Night and Denver Comic-Con. There are six episodes in the first season, and if things go as planned, there will be another six. The internet is over-saturated with movie podcasts. We wanted to set ourselves apart by producing films, not just critiquing them. As we move ahead, we’re including other Denver filmmakers in the project.

Q: What else are you working on?

BH: Right now, I’m editing episode 3/shooting episode 4, and then I’ll be finishing the other 2 episodes and co-producing Eileen Agosta’s feature film “Trauma”. Somewhere in between that I’m trying to animate a cartoon show and draw a graphic novel. Oh yeah, and podcasting every Friday.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?

BH: This one is weird because I’m also in front of the camera this time. But only out of necessity. I guess we could have hired someone to pretend to be me, but that dynamic could have been weird when the other two leads are played by themselves.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?

BH: Please explore my portfolio at nebulusvisions.com. I redesigned it after extensively learning CSS and HTML5 for about a year and then abandoning all that work and just converting to WordPress. And of course check out reelnerdspodcast.com for the podcast stuff.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?

BH: Every month, the EFP gives me an opportunity to engage with my peers and review their work. It’s a valuable asset to the Denver community and I’m always looking forward to the next one.

Reel Nerds Podshow Episode 1: Gay for RDJ will screen September 19th at The Emerging Filmmakers Project.

Meet the Filmmaker: David Quakenbush, “You Don’t Know Me by Lost Caravan”

EFP Filmmaker Interview with David Quakenbush
You Don’t Know Me by Lost Caravan
http://www.wedrinkitblack.com

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?

DQ: There is no why. I tried it once, at a party maybe–I don’t know. And a couple days later I wanted to do it again. And again. And now I live under a bridge arguing with myself about bokeh and shutter roll.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?

DQ: I’ve shot a few, but this is the first music video I’ve ever produced and directed. With an actual client, as opposed to some sort of sneaky personal art project. This is a pre-release screening, but the band has big plans for it later in the year.

Full cast and crew credits are available at http://www.wedrinkitblack.com/lost-caravan/

Q: What else are you working on?

DQ: A gentleman never tells.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?

DQ: http://www.wedrinkitblack.com

You Don’t Know Me by Lost Caravan will screen September 19th at The Emerging Filmmakers Project.

Meet the Filmmaker: Peter Simon, “Kerouac’s Denver”

1278549_10151896526028179_588874555_nEFP Filmmaker Interview with Peter Simon
Kerouac’s Denver

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?

PS: I decided to get into video & film production about 14 years ago after reading Ralph Rosenblum’s book: “When the Shooting Stops, The Cutting Begins”. He was the editor for most of Woody Allen’s early films. I thought I wanted to be an editor because of the control they have over how the story is told. After attending technical college, I realized that I was interested in many other aspects of filmmaking, especially photography.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?

PS: “Kerouac’s Denver” is inspired by the portion of Kerouac’s novel, “On the Road”, that took place in Denver. It’s an autobiographical tale of young guys getting out in the world and experiencing life to its fullest. The film is going to premier at the Trinidad Independent Film Festival on Saturday, September 14th. I’ve also entered the short in the Denver Film Festival & am in the process of scheduling a screening at the Deer Pile Event Space, above City O’ City on 13th & Sherman.

Q: What else are you working on?

PS: As far as filmmaking goes, I’m mainly focused on distributing “Kerouac’s Denver” at the moment. My friend Eddie Portoghese and I are in the early stages of conceptualizing a joint project but it’s very early days.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?

PS: I don’t know how weird this is but I gained most of my experience in this industry working in New York. Like most people in this industry, I started out working as a PA on a variety of projects before becoming a camera assistant.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?

PS: I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I don’t have much of a web presence. The best place to see my work is on my Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/user1455109/videos

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?

PS: With regards to the EFP, more than anything else, I’d like to say thank you. I think it’s vital for a filmmaking community to have a resource like the EFP so that we have somewhere to go with our projects. While it’s great to post our films on the internet, being able to screen them in front of an audience is really special. In my opinion, the immediate response from viewers to our films is more telling than the most glowing comment on the web.

Kerouac’s Denver will screeSeptember 19th at The Emerging Filmmakers Project.

Meet the Filmmaker: John Hartman, “Neuroplasticity by Kitty Tooth Salad”

EFP Filmmaker Interview with John Hartman
Neuroplasticity by Kitty Tooth Salad
http://www.reelgroovyfilms.com

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?

JH: I became a filmmaker because it’s the best way I know of to create an alternate artistic reality — that lives outside my head.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?

JH: Neuroplasticity is what you shall see at the EFP. It was shot on super 8, and is experimental in nature. This film has not screened elsewhere. It is, in fact, not my film but a work for hire that I did for a band: Kitty Tooth Salad.

Q: What else are you working on?

JH: I am also working on several other super 8 films: “Gothenstein,” “Kung Fu Sisters,” “Dolls of the Damned,” and “Sir Hi Brow.”

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?

JH: One weird thing about me: I like to walk around in a GOTH ROBOT trash can outfit (often risking my life in the process (which is as weird as it is stupid) and refuse tips…I just do it to distract folks from the mundane. One weird thing about my films is that I enjoy incorporating footage of the police kicking my crew off stolen locations.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?

JH: reelgroovyfilms.com

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?

JH: The EFP is very accommodating in that a venue is provided that caters to works that might not otherwise be seen, and live feedback is encouraged.

Neuroplasticity by Kitty Tooth Salad will screen September 19th at The Emerging Filmmakers Project.

Making of the Spider

Meet the Filmmaker: Kevon Ward

Taking a break from re-writing “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”, our Mark Mook was able to trap Kevon Ward in his web long enough to answer a few questions.

MM:  Why did you become a filmmaker?

KW:  My background is SFX, but in general I just love entertainment. Through film, your work and legacy can last forever.

MM:  What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?

KW:  I will be showing my “Making of the Spider” video. A step by step video of how my animatronic was built. It has been aired at the Oriental Theatre and will be featured in the upcoming indie film “Gray Matter”.

MM:  What else are you working on?

KW:  An animatronic head, SFX makeup, set design for the 13th Floor, illustration and graphic design and acting in a few upcoming films.

MM:  Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?

KW:  I have a fetish for creepy, crawly things. This is why I made the spider originally. I’ve had many tarantulas, scorpions, snakes, rats, etc.

MM:  Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?

KW:  For now Facebook under Kevon Ward. Soon I will develop a website and some more demo reels.

MM:  Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?

KW:  These events have helped me come a long way in networking and landing film opportunities.

MM:  Thank you Kevon for taking a break from creating creepy-ness and bad dreams and allowing me to interview you.  You can come see his work Thursday June 20th at The Emerging Filmmakers Project.

The Emerging Filmmakers Project is held every third Thursday at the historic Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., Denver CO.  Doors open at 7:30pm and films start at 8.

The Low Down Dog

Meet The Filmmaker: Raoul Vehill

 

Taking a break from saving the planet from the eventual alien invasion, our Mark Mook was able to get the low down from Raoul Vehill on his latest screening, “The Low Down Dog” trailer, at the June 20th EFP .

 

MM:  Why did you become a filmmaker?

RV:  My best friend & I found his dad’s super 8 camera when we were in the 4th grade & we somehow made a 3 minute, 1 reel, in camera edit, stop motion, sci fi, silent epic that somehow told a story, was in focus and lit. His dad had movie lights too.

 

MM:  What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?

RV:  The Low Down Dog trailer which screened at the last 5 minute Film Fest at the Deerpile. We’ll screen it at Open Screen Night at the Oriental and a friend is screening the Avengers in her backyard on Saturday night and I want to crash that party. Low Down Dog itself is a 35 minute experimental crime thriller which will premiere at the Oriental on August 7th at 8pm.

 

MM:  What else are you working on?

RV:  Mostly promoting and crowdfunding for Low Down Dog to send it to fests. I have files of notes or scripts for about 5 projects but I’m working on changing my attitude and SHOULD be working on becoming a used car salesman or finding a real job.

 

MM:  Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?

RV:  I’ve stopped and come back to filmmaking because it doesn’t make sense to do it or not to do it. With punk rock and writing novels too but mostly with movies. It makes absolutely no sense but the reason I don’t stop is because I don’t know how to do anything else.

 

MM:  Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?

RV:  Go to Indiegogo & search Low Dow Dog or go to

www.daygloflix.org

 

MM:  Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?

RV:  I’m totally grateful to have, in the 1st place, a place to come and see great local work, and in the 2nd place, amazed and humbled that you’ll screen my work. Thanks!

 

MM:  Big thanks to Raoul for taking time to be interviewed.  You can come see his trailer Thursday June 20th at The Emerging Filmmakers Project being held every third Thursday at the historic Bug Theater, 3654 Navajo St., Denver CO.  Doors open at 7:30pm.

The Great Sintini

MEET THE FILMMAKER: Kris Hipps.

We want to be like Kris Hipps when we grow up. Yeah, she’s just cool. She’s already familiar to many people in the Bug Theatre community, having shown many works at The Emerging Filmmakers Project and The Colorado Independent Women of FIlm. And she’s been the creative force behind several unique stage experiences at The Bug, including the on-stage adaptation of George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.  She’s also the founder of Paper Cat Films. Her films have screened at national and international film festivals.  Her horror feature  The Monument, took First Place at the Hauntcon Film Fest in 2006, and her indie short Memphis Psychosis screened at the North by Northeast Toronto International Film Fest last spring.  Before moving to Denver,  she put in five years as a creative director at The Second City in Chicago. She currently runs a film arts program for at-risk teens here in Denver.

Her “mocumentary” Team S.P.I.R.I.T.: The Great Sintini plays March 18th at the Emerging Filmmakers Project (EFP) down at the  Bug Theatre (3654 Navajo St.). EFP Host Patrick Sheridan recently caught up with Kris.002

P.S.: You’ve enjoyed a ton of success on the stage. What drew you to becoming a filmmaker?

K.H.: I became a filmmaker because I thought it would be fun, and it is.

P.S.: The Great Sintini is part of a web series you’ve created that spoofs ghost hunting shows.  Why that genre to spoof?

K.H.: I’m an armchair ghost hunter, and wanted to create a comic homage to all the ghost hunting shows out there.  And, my specialty is ensemble pieces with quirky characters.

P.S.: What are you plans for it?

K.H.: I plan to enter the piece into short film fests. I’m creating a DVD of all four episodes to sell on my online magic and curio shop, Mago’s Magic Shoppe…Oddities and Curios, which I own with magician Max Mago (Max plays the magician in the film).

P.S.: What else are you working on?

K.H.: Right now I’m working on a documentary film about local poetry legend  Lenny Chernila.

Team Spirit IIP.S.: Tell us one weird thing about you or your films:

K.H.:  I consider myself the Ed Wood of the Denver Indie film scene.

P.S.: Where can people go to find out more anbout you and your films?

K.H.: To learn more about my films go to www.papercatfilms.com, or http://www.facebook.com/papercatfilms

P.S.: Have anything you’d like to say about the EFP?

K.H.: EFP Rocks!  Where else can you get your film on a big screen in front of an audience and get feedback, all for the price of a Latte? (and free beer). And it exposes the public to the indie Denver scene.

P.S.: Thanks, Kris! See you down at The Bug!

Mine to Keep

MEET THE FILMMAKERS: Justin Christenson and William Johnson.

Justin Christenson and William Johnson, the respective director and writer of Mine to Keep, a short feature or long short (frankly, we’re just not sure), share their passion for telling stories that feature deep literary underpinnings in visually unique ways.

Justin and Will are screening the trailer for Mine to Keep at the February 21st Emerging Filmmakers Project. In some ways, their style of storytelling was inevitable. Will, some might say, resembles what the love child of Bret Easton Ellis and Tucker Max would look like if Bret Easton Ellis and Tucker Max could, in fact, have a love child. And if you totally get that reference, you can be his friend. If you don’t, you and Will probably won’t get along. For Justin, his “not selling out to the man” philosophy reared it’s no compromise head when he insisted that the vibrator featured in Mine to Keep be called “The Pleasure Train.” And whether or not you get THAT reference, Justin will still like you cuz that’s how he rolls.

EFP Host Patrick Sheridan recently caught up with Justin and Will. 400793_364124750269802_297851994_n

P.S.: Why did you become a filmmakers?

J.C.: I’ve always been drawn to the art of storytelling and how film can trick you into forgetting you’re just watching it on a screen.

W.J.: I’m drawn to filmmaking because of its collaborative nature. I also enjoy the way projects evolve. The script written, film shot, and film edited each have their own life and change through the process of finishing the film. It’s interesting watching the changes happen naturally.

P.S.: What was the inspiration behind your movie?

W.J.: A thought-experiment on what a relationship built around power would look like. Power the prime motivator with intimacy, love, and sex as tools of manipulation. The story mostly evolved from driving by a strip club on Christmas morning and seeing a ton of cars in the parking lot. I started to think about the emotional state of some of those people. It fit in well with my other idea of a power motivated relationship. The story evolved from there with little bits coming from many different places.

P.S.: What are your plans for it? Where has it screened?

J.C.: The director’s cut was shown at a cast/crew screening, but at 41 minutes, we are still cutting it down to make it more accessible. We hope to get rejected by more film festivals this summer.

P.S. “Mine to Keep” is printed on those little heart-shaped candies, right? You must really love Valentine’s Day.

W.J.: Some people get down with it. Not really my thing.

J.C.: Just another reason to avoid hot tubs.

P.S.: As if we needed more reasons to avoid hot tubs. What else are you working on?

J.C.: We just released our first music video, “Nice Guys” for local artist SolomusiQ (Make Out Dreams), and we are planning on developing a web series to collaborate with other local artists and filmmakers.

P.S.: Tell us one weird or unusual thing about you or your movies.

J.C.: The song for the music video we just finished had to be lengthened just to fit the length of the video. The initial cut was over 9 minutes. I could work on brevity.

P.S.: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?

W.J.: Our website, Ensodevelopment.org

P.S.: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?

J.C.: Without EFP, and the people that support it, we wouldn’t have anyone to show what we’ve worked so hard to create, and we wouldn’t have a place to show it. And they don’t have to watch it on their phone.

P.S.: Thanks, gents!

SwannLove- Condom Style Denver

MEET THE FILMMAKER: Swann Christopher.

Saying goodbye to fast paced corporate America didn’t slow Swann down one bit. He is one of the most well-known Actors in Denver and when he isn’t bringing to life someone else’s vision, he is creating his own. Following his mission statement “To make a living using my creativity in a way I can be proud of”… So far, so good Mr. Christopher.

EFP Host Patrick Sheridan recently caught up with Swann.

Swann_Christopher_HeadshotP.S.: Why did you become a filmmaker?

S.C.: My passion is acting but in this town, if you want to work a lot, you need to make your own opportunities. Plus, I’m a storyteller at heart.

P.S.: What was the inspiration behind your movie?

S.C.: I was inspired by Psy and the popularity of his video Gangnam Style. I saw an opportunity to jump on a bandwagon and spread the message of safe sex so I took it.

P.S.:What are your plans for it? Where has it screened?

S.C. As of writing this, it has almost 15K views on You Tube. According to You Tube’s analytics, it has screened all over the world. I also performed the song live while the video played behind me downtown at City Hall last Saturday. That was a blast! I’m considering submitting it to a festival or two but I think at this point people are sick of the song, Gangnam Style, so I probably missed the boat on that one.

P.S.: How do you feel about Valentine’s Day?

S.C.: Oddly enough, I usually have the best time on Valentine’s Day when I’m single. I had an absolute blast this year. Funny how that works.

P.S.: What else are you working on?

S.C.: I’m currently in pre production on a sketch comedy series. I’ve teamed up with comedians Brandon Erhart, Tarrin Miller and writer Neal Babcock. Look for more news on that soon.

xplode_DenverP.S.: Tell us one weird or unusual thing about you or your movies.

S.C.: I like to include inside jokes and symbols that mean something to one or two people. For example, the dance I’m doing at the skate park is called the SwannLove Pump. I created it in the late 80’s. Only a few of my closest friends are familiar with it.

P.S.: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?

S.C.: http://www.swanntheactor.com or http://www.facebook.com/swanntheactor

P.S.: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?

S.C.: My very first film, EAZY, screened there back in 2009. Since then, I have been a fan and I’m glad to see it still going strong. It’s a great opportunity for local filmmakers to get their stuff shown on the big screen.

P.S.:  Thanks Swann!!