January 2015 Lineup: EFPalooza Film Festival!

The 2015 EFPalooza is a three-day film festival celebrating local independent film as The Emerging Filmmakers Project draws close to screening it’s 100BEST-OF-EFP (1)0th film since it began in 2002. The event will showcase the work of more than 40 local filmmakers, featuring favorites from the last 12 years as well as several EFP premieres.

Filmmakers will be in attendance to take part in a spirited ‘talkback’ with the audience. Hosted by The Emerging Filmmaker’s Project and The Bug Theatre, all proceeds from the event will go towards a great cause – improving the Bug Theatre, an incredible venue and a staple of the Denver independent film community.

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The line up for the 2015 EFPalooza Film Festival includes the following movies:

Thursday – 8:00pm – January 2015 Emerging Filmmakers Project

Trailers for EFPalooza 2015 (04:00)
Being Evel (preview) – Daniel Junge (04:00)
Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary (trailer) – Daniel Junge (01:20)
She Dances Free Volume 1 – Jeremiah Zentz (03:41)
A Union Station Symphony – Johnny Morehouse (03:21)
A Game of Numbers – Michael T. Scott (03:24)
Blood – Peter Wigand (11:00)


Monkey – Richard Corso (29:44)

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Friday – 7:00pm – Friday Night Shorts!

The Denver Actor Project – Brad Stabio (23:49)
Square – Lauryn Guerrieri and Ian Kellett (03:26)
Metamorphosis – Alan Wartes (03:21)
Man Gurgles Mouthwash (and Then Dies) – Leon Welling (1:52)


Faith – Lewis Leslie (02:52)
Cannot Be Defied – John McSween (07:59)
Dink – Jamey Hastings (25:09)

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Friday – 9:00pm – Comedy Block!

Jean Claude Van Damme’s Damn Van (trailer) – Bradley Haag (01:29)
Campus Cops – Alex Brisson (08:16)
Middle Age Women Gone Wild – Nancy Fingerhood (5:45)
Don’t Help Me, Help the Bear – Noah Mittman (05:02)
Social Assassin – Michael T. Scott (04:31)
Guns, Drugs, and Synergy – Matty O’Connor (13:00)
Pitch Perfect 237 – Cook St. Productions (06:47)


A Special Presentation by The Nix Bros

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Saturday – 3:00pm – EFP Premieres!

Endless Taiga – Jose-Luis Fernando Rodriguez (22:38)
Interrogation Room 4 – Bree Katz (03:00)
Family Valued – Nathan Westlake (09:44)
Unredeemable – Luke Ostermiller (12:04)
The Silver Moonlight – Evgueni Mlodik (44:21)

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Saturday 5:00pm – Blast from the EFP Past!

Clark’s Edible Cupcake Liners – Wendy Duncan (02:00)
The Low Road, Baby – Mark Roeder (04:00)
SwannLove – Condom Style Denver – Swann Christopher (04:33)
Motorcycles & Mayhem – Sean J.S. Jourdan (09:47)
The Other Raul – Raoul Vehill (10:22)
The Man Who Could – Drai Lloyd (03:24)
String Theory – Sophia Rose, Adrianna Veal and David Quakenbush (03:30)


Web of Lies – Kathryn Gould and Nelson Goforth (10:12)
Memphis Psychosis – Kris Hipps (11:00)
Mom Says – Christine McQuillen (09:00)
Breach – Eileen Agosta (04:59)
Aquaphobia – David Quakenbush (03:12)
Served – Patrick Sheridan (04:09)

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Saturday – 7:00pm – Saturday Evening Shorts!

So Dark the Sky – Kendra Fleischman (03:04)
Eggshells – Eileen Agosta (11:37)
Owen – Jon Berndt and Fanci Berndt (06:21)
The Wolves – Kate Lowell (12:30)


Cockroach – Brian McCulley and John Crockett (00:47)
– Rich Weimer (01:33)
The Character – Michael Bilker (05:05)
Traveler – Ron Hurley (32:57)

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Saturday – 9:00pm – Closing Night Shorts!

Read Between the Signs – Clayton Garthe (04:36)
Angels of Anbar – Elvis Leon (05:59)
Juice – “Monster” Midian Crosby (04:36)
Mirror, Mirror – Patrick Sheridan (04:35)
Automaton – David Quakenbush (23:00)


Jean Claude Van Damme’s Damn Van – Bradley Haag (40:00)

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Lineup subject to change!

EFPalooza 2015 takes place January 15th, 16th, and 17th at The Bug Theatre (3654 Navajo Street, Denver, CO 80232), with screenings at 8:00 p.m. on January 15th, at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on January 16th, and at 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on January 17th.  Tickets are $5 a block or $10 a day, or a full festival pass can be purchased for $15, and are available online or at the door. To learn more visit the EFP website at www.efpdenver.com and The Bug Theatre’s website at www.bugtheatre.org.

The Bug Theatre and EFPalooza 2015 are supported by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District, The Scen3, Patsy’s Inn Italian Restaurant, Pretty Monkeys Media, FreshFilmNews.com, Plan 9 Studios, Twelve Monkeys Dancing Films, Nebulus Visions Multimedia, Monster Makeup FX, Rocket House, LLC Film Acting Academy of Denver, and cool cats everywhere.


Meet the Filmmaker: Alan Wartes, “I Once Ate a Pepper”

I Once Ate a Pepperwww.alanraywartes.com

1396668_242881279203711_910622417_nQ: Why did you become a filmmaker?

AW: Having produced and directed theater for the stage for a number of years, the leap to film was a natural one for me. I love the power of the camera to put the audience right in the scene and right in my characters’ lap. Animation represents a whole new level of storytelling potential that I’m having fun exploring.

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

AW: I Once Ate a Pepper began as a poem I wrote many years ago when my kids were young. It languished in my slush pile until the digital revolution made it possible—and affordable—to play around with animation right in my own office. It’s an unpretentious film that exists only to bring a smile to as many faces as possible.

Q: What else are you working on?

AW: I have plans to produce an animated music video for a song I wrote for a library summer reading program called “97 Bazillion Books.” You can hear it at https://soundcloud.com/alan-wartes/97-bazillion-books

And I have a couple of new live action shorts in development.

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

AW: I really don’t give a crap about “success.” So I come at filmmaking like a toddler in a room full of toys. I play with something while it interests me and then I toss it over my shoulder and move on to something else.

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

AW: You can see my writing and many of my films at www.alanraywartes.com.

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

AW: Fun. Cool. The indie filmmaker’s friend. Be there.

I Once Ate aa Pepper will screen June 19th at The Emerging Filmmakers Project.


Meet the Filmmaker: Alan Wartes, “The Edge”

1396668_242881279203711_910622417_nMeet Alan Wartes.  Alan is a longtime friend of the Emerging Filmmakers Project, having screened several films over the years, including his short comedy Fast Food Romeo.  He’ll be back for the November EFP with his latest film The Edge.

EA: Why did you become a filmmaker?

AQ: I wanted to go to film school way back in the dim time when I graduated high school in 1978. But life doesn’t always cooperate, and I had to wait until the digital revolution democratized the art. I spent some years producing and directing live theater–and honing the art and craft of scriptwriting. But nothing beats the power of telling stories on screen.

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

AW: The Edge is a thoughtful drama which asks the questions, “What constitutes violence in modern society? Why do we deplore some forms of it and reward others? Can we really expect to escape the consequences?”

The film is just beginning to make its way into the national festival circuit. Aside from a cast and crew screening, the EFP is the first chance the public has had to see the film.

EA: What else are you working on?

AW: I have a script that has been burning a hole in my file cabinet for years called “Blood on the Barn Floor” about a boy forced to choose between his mother’s needs in a troubled marriage and his own.

I am also fascinated with the storytelling potential of animation (using Illustrator and After Effects) and am working on a fun animated video to go with my song “97 Bazillion Books”: https://soundcloud.com/search?q=97%20bazillion%20books

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

AW: Well I think you have to be kind of bent to want to be a no-budget indie filmmaker in the first place. It is a crazy-making and masochistic thing to do. But then it’s also weird how much we love it!

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

AW: You can see my writing, music and films at www.alanraywartes.com.

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

AW: Big fan. I love the party vibe which reinforces the idea that we are all in this together as artists. It’s not about who is prettiest. The EFP celebrates the very act of getting off your butt and making some art to share.

The Edge will screen November 21st at The Emerging Filmmakers Project.


November 21st, 2013 Lineup

November 21st at 8:00 p.m. $5

Block 1:

Carrie: The Musical (trailer) Equinox Theatre Company (0:38)
The Unearthly Trailer
Mark Fukae (0:49)
Apple Seeds – Kevin Mohatt (3:59)
The Low Road, Baby – Mark Roeder (4:00)

Block 2:

The Old Tin CanEvan Wiley (6:00)
Reel Nerds Podshow Ep. 3: Rival Podcast – Bradley Haag (10:00)

Block 3:

Lenny C. (trailer) – Kris Hipps (2:00)
Bad Pink – Leon Welling (4:00)
The EdgeAlan Wartes (25:00)

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