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Meet the Filmmaker: Alec Ybarra, Prism of “Light”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
AY: I became a filmmaker because I have always been inspired to tell thought provoking stories through cinema.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
AY: Tonight, my second film Prism of Light will be screened at EFP. It has been released on Vimeo and YouTube; this is the first screening of the film in front of a live audience. The film will also play at several more film festivals this year.

Q: What else are you working on?
AY: My first feature film titled Unmarked will be released worldwide on July 16 by Summer Hill Entertainment. I will be going into production on my next thriller film, When I Held the Key, this June. The story follows a conniving bed and breakfast owner who terrorizes guests in an attempt to hold a position of power.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
AY: I am one of the youngest professional film producers working in the industry and all of my films are inspired by real experiences in some way, shape or form.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
AY: People can visit the New Direction Cinema and Alec Ybarra Facebook pages, as well as follow national and international news headlines and film awards ceremonies.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
AY: The Emerging Filmmakers Project is a great place to screen Colorado made films and is a fantastic place to network. I look forward to attending future events at EFP.

Prism of Light will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, April 18th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Maggie Daniels, “‘Tanglewood’ Proof of Concept”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
MD: Memories for me, particularly bad ones, play like home movies in my mind. After years of watching replays in my own head, or as my doctor calls it PTSD. I just needed everyone to see the world within my mind. As a way to filter it out of my head. Since I’ve put this on paper, it’s like I’ve finally separated myself from a pain I thought would never go away. That burden is now the characters’ weight to carry. To put it simply I have to write films for my own peace of mind.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
MD: I am screening the Tanglewood proof of concept trailer. The EFP is the first to screen. The plans are to show investors what I can do and have them join the project to make the feature.

Q: What else are you working on?
MD: Tanglewood Feature. Planning to start principal photography in June.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
MD: The music composers were the first crew members on board with Tanglewood. In the proof of concept trailer I used both of them as the main characters. This allowed them to embody the characters and they wrote the song for the trailer on the two days of shooting.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
MD: Maggie Daniels
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/maggielogic/

Tanglewood
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/tanglewoodmovie/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/tanglewoodmovie/

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
MD: I have attended many Emerging Filmmakers Project Screenings at the Bug Theatre. It is a really good feeling to now be apart of the lineup.

Tanglewood (proof of concept) will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, April 18th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Thomas Crandall, “Breaking Barriers”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
TC: I became a filmmaker because I love how it gives me a unique, intimate perspective on different people. I love its flow, rigor, collaboration, and ultimately, I love having a finished product to share and inspire others. It’s such an engaging, empathetic medium.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
TC: I’m screening my promo video for a dance performance called Breaking Barriers; being a promo video, it hasn’t screened anywhere else! Except online. The dancers loved the video and it helped bring a lot of people to see their performance, so I’m happy.

Q: What else are you working on?
TC: I’m currently developing a short documentary concept about our relationship with our parents, and how we engage in that relationship, though it is still in early stages.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
TC: I’m developing a strange liking toward REALLY terrible b-movies, and the most entertaining I’ve seen recently is called Atlantic Rim (Pacific Rim ripoff).

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
TC: I freelance shoot and edit, and my website is nightwatchmedia.com; you can also find me on vimeo at vimeo.com/thomascrandall.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
TC: Thanks so much to the EFP for being open to screen even promotional videos/ other content; it’s so nice having an audience and getting that live feedback! Keeps me making films and coming back to the Bug!

Breaking Barriers will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, April 18th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Don Markus, “Trevor & Janelle”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
DM: As an actor and improviser in Chicago, it was a natural progression to get behind the camera and start creating content. For me, filmmaking is an extension of acting, and all under the umbrella of storytelling.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
DM: It’s a short comedy poking fun at a Denver couple who have no idea what they’re doing in the mountains. Logline: Ill-prepared for the mountains, Trevor & Janelle realize they’ve brought the wrong map, are lost, and have dwindling food rations.

Q: What else are you working on?
DM: Currently working on a handful of short films and pushing towards a first feature film.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
DM: This short was completely improvised by the fabulous Wolfgang Stein & Stephanie Jones. I had a loose outline: This is the moment you realize you’re lost. Now what? My wonderful wife Brittany Markus and I were behind the camera and Spencer Nelson ran audio. Once we got set, we essentially said to Wolf and Stephanie, “Ok, go.” They then did what they do best! You can, and should, go see Stephaine in Barkley & Makeshift Shakespeare at https://voodoocomedy.com/ You can catch Wolf around town often at Voodoo as well.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
DM: https://www.joywreck.com/narrative-films/trevor-janelle
https://www.instagram.com/joywreck/
https://twitter.com/JOYWRECK
https://www.facebook.com/JOYWRECK/
https://vimeo.com/joywreck
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5KwogcO__gBK2b5fAm_PTg

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
DM: Thank you so much for having us. It is great to have a place like The Emerging Filmmakers Project for us filmmakers to show our work.

Trevor & Janelle will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, April 18th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Bill Johnson, “Pickup Man”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
BJ: I have been a landscape photographer since I was a teenager with most of my work using a large format camera.  When it became difficult to travel with film after 911, I switched to digital cameras and discovered video.  Video allows me to do stories about people in the landscape and I learn about different ways of life.  I find video is much more complex than photography and gives me greater creative opportunities.  

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

BJ: Pickup Man is a four year effort that brought me to Colorado from Los Angeles.  It is a story about a family that has ranched on the Plains of Colorado for over a hundred years and is facing a historic drought.   I lived with them for months at a time in all seasons of the year.  Rodeo is an integral part of their lives, and I followed the protagonist, Jessica Mosher, as she competed throughout Colorado, Wyoming, and Texas.  Pickup Man premiered at Blissfest in 2017 where it was voted the Best Documentary, and it is a semi-finalist in the documentary category and will be shown in the Utah Film Festival on April 6.  There is a longer Director’s cut version of the movie that I also offer to festivals through Film Freeway.

Q: What else are you working on?

BJ: I grew up in Hawaii and visit every year.  That has resulted in Night Fishermen, a story about those who go out at night to stand on a cliff by the edge of the sea.  It is from the perspective of three life long fishermen as they each face aging.  It will premier at this year’s Colorado Short Circuit Film Festival on March 29 and 30th.
I have co-produced a fashion show at Denver Open Media for the past three years and completed over three dozen profiles on designers and others in the fashion industry here in Denver.  I have also started doing stories about dancers and musicians that I post on Vimeo.  I find that in doing documentary stories, background video to illustrate interviews is essential.  I need access to people’s daily lives and sometimes that takes time or doesn’t happen.  I often have to wait for the action to come to me, so I work on many stories at a time.

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

BJ: I am fascinated by the combination of sound and images into movies.  When I am wearing a headset and listening to the environment around me, I can hear so much better than in real life.  It has become a vicarious thrill to do sound.

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

BJ: I recently completed a new web site, billjohnsonstories.com, and people can see the best of my past work as well as recent efforts.

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

BJ: I am thankful that The Emerging Filmmakers Project is here.  It gives me a forum to share my work and learn from the work of others as well as meet the moviemaking community of Colorado.

Pickup Man will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, March 21st at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Don Markus, “Trevor & Janelle”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?

Markus: As an actor and improviser in Chicago, it was a natural progression to get behind the camera and start creating content. For me, filmmaking is an extension of acting, and all under the umbrella of storytelling.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP?
Markus: Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?It’s a short comedy poking fun at a Denver couple who have no idea what they’re doing in the mountains. Logline: Ill-prepared for the mountains, Trevor & Janelle realize they’ve brought the wrong map, are lost, and have dwindling food rations.

Q: What else are you working on?
Markus: Currently working on a handful of short films and pushing towards a first feature film.

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

Markus: This short was completely improvised by the fabulous Wolfgang Stein & Stephanie Jones. I had a loose outline: This is the moment you realize you’re lost. Now what? My wonderful wife Brittany Markus and I were behind the camera and Spencer Nelson ran audio. Once we got set, we essentially said to Wolf and Stephanie, “Ok, go.”  They then did what they do best! You can, and should, go see Stephaine in Barkley & Makeshift Shakespeare at https://voodoocomedy.com/ You can catch Wolf around town often at Voodoo as well.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?https://www.joywreck.com
https://www.instagram.com/joywreck/
https://twitter.com/JOYWRECK
https://www.facebook.com/JOYWRECK/
https://vimeo.com/joywreck
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5KwogcO__gBK2b5fAm_PTg

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
Markus: Thank you so much for having us. It is great to have a place like The Emerging Filmmakers Project for us filmmakers to show our work.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Carter Dodd, “Miscommunication”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?

Dodd: I became a filmmaker because I realized I had all of these wonderful stories banging around in my head and only one way to tell them.

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

Dodd: You are going to see my first dialogue written film “Miscommunication.” It has not been screened anywhere else except for the classrooms located at the Colorado Film School. I plan to submit it to as many short film festivals as I can.

Q: What else are you working on?

Dodd: I am currently working on the script to chapter 2 of “Miscommunication.” Production should begin sometime this summer.

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

Dodd: I became an actor by accident. In high school, I remember signing up for classes one day and accidentally took a film class because I thought that it had to do with radio broadcasting. Everything else is history!

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

Dodd: If people want to find out more about more about me or my future work, they can follow me on Instagram @amongallthieves or by checking out my youtube channel by just typing my full name “Carter Dodd.”

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

Dodd: I’d like to thank EFP for this wonderful opportunity. I feel incredibly honored to have my film chosen by them. I think it’s a great organization that really cares about up and coming filmmakers.

Miscommunication will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, March 21st at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Ryan Frazee, “Redlands – Losing My Mind (Official Music Video)”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
Frazee: I’ve always enjoyed capturing moments and telling the stories that surround them. Since then, I couldn’t get enough of telling stories in the most interesting way possible. 

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
Frazee: This is a music video that I created for a band called Redlands. It’s about a man finds himself wrapped up in the dizzying spell of a seductress unsure of what is reality and what is a dream. 

Q: What else are you working on?
Frazee: Lots of music videos and other music-related projects! Day to day I direct and edit corporate and commercial projects.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
Frazee: I tend to care more about the sound in my films than I do the visuals. I come from a music background and have spent a lot of time with musicians in studios filming videos for them and seeing them add tiny little elements to songs that really make a song “pop”, made me want to start adding that to my films! Since then I find myself spending a lot of time adding layers of sound in moments that it fits.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
Frazee: You can follow my Instagram @rfrazee or see all of my film and photo work at ryanfrazee.net

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
Frazee: I’m excited to get involved in the film making community that you’ve created and love that Denver has the Emerging Filmmakers Project to look out for and support independent filmmakers!

Redlands – Losing My Mind (Official Music Video) will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, March 21st at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Kaitlin McMullen, “Patrick Sheridan’s Purpose”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
KM: The moment I realized that I was a filmmaker was truly after the making of Patrick Sheridan’s Purpose. Storytelling is special because it teaches an audience to love, to forgive others, to be just and to strive for better than we have. Patrick gave me the opportunity share his story into the world through film. Patrick is a piece of history and wisdom that needed to be documented. Patrick’s documentary inspired thousands of people. I can not tell you how many people reached out to me to say they were grateful for the film I made for him. I am so grateful for Patrick and his impact that he put on thousands of lives. This film changed my life as a filmmaker and I live my day to day life continuing his legacy. Patrick Sheridan, thank you for being the best mentor and role model. Thank you for everything!

Q: What are we going to see at EFPalooza? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
KM: The audience is going to see Patrick Sheridan’s Purpose, a documentary in honor of Patrick Sheridan’s legacy. This film was screened at the Warren Tech Pi Awards & Colorful Colorado Film Festival best in 2017. It has been screen at the Bug Theater three times for three different events.

Q: What else are you working on?
KM: I am currently always busy working at my video production company & studio, Mighteor & soona. Mighteor is the world’s first online video production company. soona is the world’s first one day photo & video studio. My favorite side hustles are creating short documentaries for small businesses, people who I find as inspirational role models, and of my travels.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
KM: I am an adventure enthusiast that isn’t afraid to get dirty to get quality content. I am always looking for new locations to explore and document.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
KM: People can check out my content on my website, Instagram, Facebook, Vimeo, and YouTube!
Website: KaitlinRayne.com
Instagram: @kaitlinmcmullen
Facebook: Kaitlin McMullen
Vimeo: vimeo.com/kaitlinmcmullen
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQZ7smuMFsasAB0-Hd00lgQ

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about EFPalooza or The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
KM: Thank you so much for giving ALL filmmakers the opportunity to share there work in front of an audience on a big screen. I have yet to find a community of like minded people like the EFPalooza or The Emerging Filmmakers Project! It is such an HONOR to be part of something so special.

Patrick Sheridan’s Purpose will screen Saturday, February 23rd at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre as part of the Narrative & Documentary Shorts block during the 2019 EFPalooza Film Festival.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Ben Makinen, “Anthropocene”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
BM: I love filmmaking because it is lucid dreaming.

Q: What are we going to see at EFPalooza? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
BM: Anthropocene is a montage: footage shot throughout Colorado while making my documentarby Jazz Town (currently in post prod.). My intent was to have it serve as an interlude within Jazz Town, but by the time I finished editing it to the original music I wrote it had become too long for an interlude and begged to stand alone as a short.

Q: What else are you working on?
BM: I am also shooting music videos and behind the scenes docs for various bands in Denver and Boulder through my film company Bmakin Film. I also write and produce music: recently did the score for Kelly McAllister’s short Strong Tea. More at my website www.benmakinen.com
I also work and teach as a drummer: I play drums every Monday night at Elchapultepec and every 4th Thursday I lead a jazz jam session at the Bear Creek Distillery. Every 2nd Thursday I play at the Golden Moon Speakeasy in Golden w local blues legend David Booker…

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
BM: I am working on a feature length film titled JazzTown. I have interviewed Dianne Reeves , Ron Miles, Art Lande and (former) Gov. Hickenlooper among many other local luminaries…This project began as a way of honoring my mentors who gave me a start as a jazz drummer here in Denver back in the 80s. As I collected interviews from my elders I realized I could encompass a broader spirit of jazz by expanding the film to all ages of musicians and thereby capture the tradition of passing the torch from one generation to the next as a way of keeping jazz alive.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
BM: One weird thing about me is that I did Tai chi with Francis Ford Coppola on the set of the Outsiders in Tulsa Oklahoma while working as an extra. The wrap party was epic…

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about EFPalooza or The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
BM: I am thrilled to have been invited into the fold by EFP. I look forward to growing with the film community here in Denver and I hope to build new friendships through making film.

Anthropocene will screen Saturday, February 23rd at 6:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre as part of the Experimental & Animated Shorts block during the 2019 EFPalooza Film Festival.