Meet the Filmmaker: David Quakenbush, “Dark Sky”

David Quakenbush



Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?

DQ: I see in shots, dream in three act structure and have a precise and vivid imagination. Film is the only way to share some of those dreams and ideas with other people.

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

DQ: We’re going to see Dark Sky, a proof of concept video for an in-camera visual effect that came out well. The larger video project is parked pending funding, but the effect has continued to evolve into a performance art piece and an interactive lighting environment called the Aurora Vortex. The film premiered this summer at the Front Range Film Festival in Longmont, where we also hosted a Vortex party. It went very well. The Aurora Vortex is open to the public every first Friday night in my studio at 841 Sante Fe in Denver. http://www.auroravortex.com.

Q: What else are you working on?

DQ: After being in continuous production for nearly 12 years I’m confused and delighted by the feeling of not panicking about preproduction right now. I’ve also had a recent epiphany about interactivity — the concept of building something that you just sit and watch, or look at, suddenly seems tedious and very boring. Doing is a better experience than watching. I don’t know what will come of that realization.

That said I have several scripts parked in development right now including a very dark adaptation of a Grimms Tale — basically Mother Goose meets Dexter; a film noir cooking show where the recipes are toxic; and a science fiction piece about a pair of shape shifting telepathic aliens who take infinite turns reliving the final regrets of a long-deceased astronaut. I’m also promoting the Vortex, bootstrapping a freelance photography business and building chromatherapy clocks that challenge your preconceptions about the nature of time when you try to use them.
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
Dark Sky will screen May 21st at the Emerging Filmmaker’s Project. 

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.


February 20th, 2014 Lineup

February 20th at 8:00p.m. $5

Text-a-Saurus Promo – Eileen Agosta (03:37)
Killing Time
 – Jane Mora (01:00)
Love Letters – David Quakenbush (03:00)
I Do – Patrick Friedauer (06:30)
Anastasia & Eugene´s Lovestory – Guillermo Roques (11:50)
Read Between the Signs – Clayton Garthe (05:00)
Love to Hate – The Nix Bros (5:47)

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September 19th, 2013 Lineup

September 19th at 8:00 p.m. $5

Night of the Living Dead (promo) – Kris Hipps (3:00)
The Aviation Cocktail (trailer) – David Higgins (2:00)
Carry SafePeter Lively (4:00)

Reel Nerds Podshow Episode 1: Gay for RDJBradley Haag (10:45)
A Private Screening – John Hartman (6:00)
City O’CityDenver Open Media (4:15)
Kerouac’s DenverPeter Simon (8:15)
You Don’t Know Me by Lost CaravanDavid Quakenbush (3:15)
South Platte – Gaston Yvorra (14:00)

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July 18th, 2013 Lineup

July 18th, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. $5

Amazing Grace (music video) (3:45) by Davon Johnson
and Peace 2 U (music video) (6:53) by Davon Johnson
Trash Can Warrior (5:30) by John Hartman
Doors (4:48) by David Quakenbush
Denver Street Eats (10:00) by Josh Kyle
The Beauty of Details (5:34) by Jonathan Fulton
Your Own Medicine – Behind The Scenes (11:00) by Noah Mittman
Your Own Medicine – One Man Show (music video) (4:56) by Eyal Fill Filkovsky

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January 17th, 2013 Lineup

January 17th at 8:00 p.m. $5

Red Nose State (preview) by Michael Mathews (11:15)
Twombley by Zach Eastman (16:00)
Some Days Are Better Than Others by David Quakenbush (4:09)
Guns, Drugs, and Synergy by Matty O’Connor (13:00)
Incubator by Jimmy Weber (6:24)
Monster in the Basement by Lewis Leslie (16:00)

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October 18th, 2012 Lineup

October 18th at 8:00 p.m. $5

An American Terror (trailer) by Haylar Garcia (1:15)
Trauma (trailer) by Eileen Agosta (2:00)
WORM by David Quakenbush (9:30)
Aquaphobia by David Quakenbush (3:00)
Busted by Jesse Gray (8:44)
The Music Box by Lewis Leslie (6:30)
It’s Done by Eva Geisness (4:00)
ElevenOone by Will Kingston and A.J. Koch (7:30)