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.


Meet the Filmmaker: Sean J.S. Jourdan, “Motorycles & Mayhem”

Motorycles & Mayhem | www.seanjsjourdan.com

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?LDG_1077

SJ: When I was growing up, I never made movies with my family’s camcorder – I was reading the encyclopedia and playing make believe. Really, nothing has changed.

Filmmaking is great for people with curious minds because you get to research and explore topics and communities that you’d never have reason to otherwise plus – and this is a big plus – you get to see your dreams and imagination come to life, right in front of you. It’s a beautiful thing.

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

SJ: Motorycles & Mayhem. My first “real” film with a “real” crew. Filmed on 16mm. I was raised around motorcycles and who isn’t a fan of a little mayhem? It played a number of festivals and is now for sale on bigstar.tv. Come to EFP so you can see it with a number of other great films.

Q: What else are you working on?

SJ: We’ll be pushing my first narrative feature into the world – teddyboythemovie.com – and I’m working on a social justice issue documentary that is very much in the vein of investigate journalism. And writing. Always writing. Which is a blessing.

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

SJ: I act them all out – just me – all the roles – for my cinematographer early in pre-production.

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

SJ: seanjsjourdan.com is a good start.

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

SJ: EFP is a Denver treasure run by amazing people. Go, people – it’s a hoot!

Motorycles & Mayhem will screen January 17th at 5:00 p.m. during EFPalooza 2015 at The Bug Theatre.


Meet the Filmmaker: Michael T. Scott, “Social Assassin”, “A Game of Numbers”

IMG_1592Social Assassin, A Game of Numberswww.happyfattiestoons.com

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?

MS: As a Devry University dropout, my options were limited to making cartoons or delivering pizzas. Making cartoons puts less wear and tear on my car.

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

MS: You’ll see a wide array of material based on real-world pain and suffering. Shoving hard-hitting life issues right into the face of a fearful society. Either that or something about a religious zombie as well as birds talking about crapping on things. The plan is always to get the material out to the people and create mirth and merriment. Because the EFP is the bravest, most daring venue around, this is the first time this material has been publicly screened (at least to my knowledge).

Q: What else are you working on?

MS: My laundry. Pertaining to material: There’s always some kind of fun topic that’s bubbling in my stomach and then vomited onto the internet. I’ve also been working on a series of cartoons for pre-schoolers under the name “Applelanche.” No, seriously. Look it up.

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

MS: I’m my own unpaid intern.

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

MS: Oh man! Everywhere! Look under your seat right now! If there’s not an envelope filled with my material underneath your seat, you can always find Happy Fatties and Applelanche cartoons all over the internet. To save you time and from questionable material found on Google from typing in the word ‘fatties,’ you can just go here: www.happyfattiestoons.com.

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

MS: They have the best Chinese buffet in town!

A Game of Numbers will screen January 15th at 8:00 p.m. and Social Assassins will screen January 16th at 9:00 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.