Meet the Filmmakers: Brad Stabio & Kirk Anderson, “50”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
BS & KA: As Brad was walking one day from Achmore to Duirinish, he happened upon a mysterious lake that seemed to move from place to place. As he tried to go around it, an enchantress named Viviane rose up out of the lake holding a Bolex H-16 EL. She gave the camera to Brad and told him that he was destined to become a great filmmaker. When he got home, he misplaced the Bolex and forgot about it completely. Years later he went to film school at CU in order to meet girls.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
BS & KA: This was our entry into the 2016 48 Hour Film Challenge for Denver. It was one of our most ambitious shoots. It didn’t win much, but we love it and are proud of it.

Q: What else are you working on?
BS & KA: Everyone in the group is working on professional projects right now. Brad is finishing a documentary about the Colorado Ballet. As a group, we’re preparing for a sequel to our film Ba Naché dol Fonn Baeo. A foreign film in a made-up language.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
BS & KA: The letter “e” doesn’t appear in any of our scripts. We use word with “e” all the time, but our printer doesn’t print them, so we have to replace theme with 3s.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
BS & KA: Stabio Productions’ Vimeo Page: https://vimeo.com/stabio

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
BS & KA: We love that there are venues to allow filmmakers to make films (48 Hour Film Project) and to show them (EFP).

50 will screen during the48Hr Film Project Takes Over The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, July 18th at The Bug Theatre.


Meet the Filmmaker: Brad Stabio, “The Denver Actor Project”

The Denver Actor Project | www.stabioproductions.com

DenverActorProject_BradStabioQ: Why did you become a filmmaker?
BS: I came from a background of theater and voice throughout my childhood but knew going into college these were not what I was meant to do professionally. When I found filmmaking at the CU Boulder, it seemed to be this perfect synergy of these things I loved and I never looked back. Now, I simply love the art of storytelling as well as making films with great friends and collaborators.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
BS: The Denver Actor Project consists of six separate short films featuring a separate actor who performs a monologue from an existing movie, play or book incorporated into a new storyline. The project was made in partnership with the Denver Film Society and screened at the Starz Denver Film Festival in 2013. Each of the short films were screened separately and paired with a feature film of similar theme for a total of over 16 screenings. It has also screened at a special engagement at the Sie Filmcenter in 2014 and is a project that we have plans to continue in 2015.

Q: What else are you working on?
BS: With an infant joining my family in late 2013, this last year did not yeild a lot of creative projects. But, our team did compete in the 48 Hour Film Project and professionaly I have been lucky to work with National Jewish Health on a seven minute documentary for a large fundraising gala as well as a series of comedic videos for a new streaming radio service called Mad Genius Radio. Hoping to continue doing more Denver Actor Project shorts this year if we can raise enough money!

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
BS: Serious or funny, good or bad, you can rest assured I had fun working any film you might see of mine. I believe my team of friends that I make films with is what gives me a chance to have any success as a filmmaker and luckily all of them are fun people to be around on top of being ridiculously talented. We call our team the Cinema Geeks. If you are fun to work with, look us up!

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
BS: The best place is stabioproductions.com, vimeo.com/stabio and Cinema Geeks on Facebook.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
BS: I believe that in order for a burgeoning film scene to have continued growth, it must have venues step up to screen any and all kinds of films. The EFP brings some of the best films in Colorado to the public on a regular basis and helps filmmakers gauge the effectiveness of their art, thus hopefully going out to create something better.

The Denver Actor Project will screen January 16th at 7:00 p.m. during EFPalooza 2015 at The Bug Theatre.


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.