Meet the Filmmaker: Kristine Hipps, “Lenny C Rocks the Mic”

Lenny C Rocks the Mic | www.facebook.com/papercatfilms/

krisQ: Why did you become a filmmaker?
KH: I became a filmmaker because I love the creative freedom of video. I can venture out alone with my camera and shoot stock footage of whatever catches my eye, or put together a cast of co-creatives to work on an ensemble piece – so many possibilites.

Q: What are we going to see at the Film Novella & Feature Fest? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
KH: Lenny C celebrates the life and work of Denver poetry legend and activist Lenny Chernilla, who passed away in 2015, leaving behind a unique legacy of fiery protest and celebration of life, in the Denver poetry scene. It was completed in August of 2016 and has not yet screened in any other venues. I am in the process of entering the piece into national film festivals and hope to garner as many screenings as I can, to share Lenny’s work and message.

Q: What else are you working on?
KH: I just finished a stage/film hybrid production at the Bug – Night of the Living Dead…Urban Legends. I am also in pre-production for a mockumentareality show about the magic shop I co-own with my boyfriend, and a documentary about good deeds.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
KH: My first projects were all horror and sci-fi films and shorts, and now I do documentaries – kind of a weird segue. I only have one kidney.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
KH: www.facebook.com/papercatfilms/

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
KH: EFP is the premiere platform for screening original work in Denver, and we’re so lucky to have this organization with it’s screening and networking opportunities, classes and festivals.

Lenny C Rocks the Mic will screen November 20th at 8:00 p.m. during 2016 Film Novella & Feature Fest 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.


Meet the Filmmaker: Kris Hipps, “Lenny C” (trailer)

Lenny C (trailer) | www.papercatfilms.com

002Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?

KH: I became a filmmaker because I wanted to take my theater skills to the next level, to challenge myself.

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

KH: The project on EFP is a teaser for a documentary I’m working on about local poet/activist Lenny Chernila. This is it’s first screening.

Q: What else are you working on?

KH: The only other thing I’m working on are promo spots for the magic shop I’m opening with my partner soon.

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

KH: One weird thing: My partner and I are opening a magic shop.

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

KH: Our website: www.papercatfilms.com

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

KH: I love the EFP! I refer budding filmmakers and actors to it all the time.

The trailer for Lenny C will screen December 19th at The Emerging Filmmakers Project.


December 19th, 2013 Lineup

December 19th at 8:00 p.m. $5

Digital Stories produced by UC Denver Anthropology grad students – Marty Otañez, Phd
Futuro – Cori Mari (3:00)
The Body – Tonie Vita (3:00)
(Pre)Paring Reality – Tyler Lundy (3:00)
No Pesces, No Paga – Kristin Paterakis (3:00)
The Archivist – Kristie Hollon (3:00)

Lenny C (trailer) – Kris Hipps (4:00)
Roses in December – Lauryn Guerrieri (12:00)


Desperation Thursday – Drai Lloyd (3:00)
Anything Helps – Rob Shearer (18:00)

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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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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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August 15th, 2013 Lineup

August 15th, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. $5

A Sneak Peek at Colorado Independent Women of Film
Independence Day (trailer) (2:00) – Margaret Norwood
Mom Says (Part One) (2:00) – Christine McQuillen
Sarah and the Meanies Red Rocks Ampitheatre 2013 (3:00) – Drai Lloyd
Trauma (preview) (1:00) – Eileen Agosta
Memphis Psychosis (11:00) – Kris Hipps

EFP Program One
Your Own Medicine – Behind The Scenes (11:00) by Noah Rowland Mittman
Your Own Medicine – One Man Show (music video) (4:56) by Eyal Fill Filkovsky

EFP Program Two
Reign of the Vampire (teaser) (3:55) – Jimmy Lee Combs
The Good Neighbor (19:45) – Ted Cox (with Heath Heine)

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March 21st, 2013 Lineup

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

Team Building by The Nix Brothers
My Island and Me by Julia Anderson
Nix Racing by James Drake
The Great Sintini by Kris Hipps
Telling Your Story by Clifton Archuletta
Selective Outrage Card by The Nix Brothers
A sneak peek of work-in-progress from Oscar winning local filmmaker Daniel Junge

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September 20th, 2012 Lineup

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

Absolute Justice (trailer) by Erik Olson (2:00)
Openings: The Search for Harry (trailer) by Mark McGinness (2:00)
Battle for the Boot (excerpt) by Ryan Demers and Paul Pendell (8:03)
Shot Drop JFA by Kris Hipps (4:00)
Powers Unleashed: The Rhoda Powers Story by Tim Nolte (7:00)
Nebulus Visions Stop-Motion Collection by Bradley Haag (6:00)
The Other Raul by Raoul Vehille (10:00)
Whores & Legends by Ryan Carroll (16:50)