Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
Ben: To make short films. I idolized the filmmakers of my early days in screening committees, youth juries, and filmmaker showcases at Aspen Shorts Fest. Being so involved with shorts at an early age still gives me my drive today.
Tyler: My dad bought me my first video camera for Christmas when I was just ten years old, and I’ve felt obligated ever since.
Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere, and what are your plans for it?
Tyler: Our short film, Spike, is a Terrance Malick film for dogs about a pup, his human, and that jerk next door.
The film has surprisingly screened in festivals both nationally and abroad. It even won a couple of awards along the way, including the Audience Choice Award at the excellent Colorado Short Circuit Film Festival in Colorado Springs.
This is one of the last live screenings we have scheduled for the film. So we shall see where it ends up next.
Q: What else are you working on?
Ben: I am co-owner of a member-owned production studio called Truce.Media where our goal is to create a member-owned movie studio in Denver Colorado where we can all make content we own to create infrastructure to bring movies and TV back to Denver. So, I’m making content every day, most of it short!
Tyler: I just wrote and published a satire book called Beet Life: A Health & Lifestyle Guide To Show Your Life Who’s Boss By: Your Girl @Beets_By_Beth: Beth Gethard, which is currently available for purchase at booksbybeetsbybeth.com.
Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
Ben: I always say I went to film-making school, not just film school. I love to make things and my films always have things I’ve made in them.
Tyler: One weird thing about me and my movies? I actually still like some of them.
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
B&T: You can check out our work at: https://www.thebande.co
You can check out some of Tyler’s other work here: https://www.tylerholme.com/
You can check out Ben’s other production company here: https://truce.media/
You can buy Tyler’s new (first) book here: https://booksbybeetsbybeth.com/
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
B&T: We are just extremely grateful to get the chance to screen our film along with all of these other excellent Colorado filmmakers. Thank you!
Spike will screen during The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, September 16th, 2021 at The Bug Theatre.