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Meet the Filmmakers: Grant Worden and Kyle Homan, “Poetic Burden”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
GW: I am attempting to become a writer/director/producer (filmmaker) to serve the characters, worlds and themes I find compelled to doodle, script-out and rehearse. Filmmaking a collaborative team effort that has surrounded me with great people, life long friends, and like-minded creatives. I enjoy seeing the script come to life on screen through the hard work of a “film family.”
KH: I always loved telling stories and creating worlds out of nothing. My imagination always ran rampant as a kid, and I found a home for it on screen. I think film is one of the best mediums for truly portraying what goes on in your mind, in a real and relatable way for the audience, and that opportunity provides infinite possibilities. I was always drawn to the collaborative nature of production as well. I loved building my crew and working together with talented and creative people who ended up becoming some of my best friends.

Q: What are we going to see at EFPalooza? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
GW: Poetic Burden is our team’s 2018 48-Hour Film Project Western entry. The production focuses on the old history between a limping Sherif and a troubled town youth. This film has screened in the 48HFP weekend event as well as the June 2019 EFP. 
KH: We are screening our 48 Hour Film from Denver’s 2018 competition. It also screened at the 48HFP screening event, which takes place the weekend after the hectic 48HFP weekend of writing, shooting, and editing. We currently don’t have any plans for this film specifically, but we do plan on participating in the Denver 48HFP this August for our 5th year in a row!

Q: What else are you working on?
GW: I am currently working and living in Kigali & Rubona, Rwanda as a photography and videography fellowship / “cousin” with the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. Learn more about the community living and learning village at ASYV.org.  My main responsibilities are teaching 60 students in photo and video extra-curricular classes, managing the 87 member media club and media center equipment as well as documenting campus-wide events. The most important job I have at ASYV is igniting creative and outside the box thinking. In my downtime, I am working on screenplays, poetry and small-documentary style editing projects.
KH: I’m currently working as a freelance filmmaker and videographer in Denver, from small scale one-man-band videography to full-blown commercial production. I do a lot of editing as well, from documentary to broadcast to corporate and commercial work. Creatively, I have a few scripts that have been cooking for a little while now, but nothing that’s ready to come to the surface just yet. 

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
GW: Not necessarily a weird fact about me, but my character development process. Without fail my characters always start as a doodle and possess a personality trait that I find in myself. I enjoy “odd couple” stories and will reflect on why that trait is within me and my character then formulate the counter character or story structure based on the opposing view/character trait.
KH: I have a collection of over 300 DVDs, and I try to watch at least one movie every day.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
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Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about EFPalooza or The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
GW: The Bug Theatre is my home theatre and the first place my work was shown on the silver screen. I am thankful for all the opportunities The Emerging Filmmakers Project has given my productions. The cast and crew of Poetic Burden worked really hard to create this poetry driven Western. I am sorry I cannot be in attendance ((because I am in Rwanda)) but I trust my friend and  Producer, Kyle Homan, as well as the rest of the cast and crew will represent. Cheers to film in Colorado. Thank you for promoting our work!
KH: The EFP is an awesome organization giving a platform to filmmakers here in Colorado. This will be my 6th time at the Bug Theatre showing off one of my films, and every time I’ve gone, it’s been a great chance to meet new faces, watch unique and imaginative films, and hear about everyone’s approach to production. I’m looking forward to going again this year!

Poetic Burden will screen Saturday, March 21st at 1:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre as part of the Saturday Afternoon Shorts block during the 2020 EFPalooza Film Festival.

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Meet the Filmmakers: Grant Worden and Kyle Homan, “Open Mic Night”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
GW: Film kind of found me. I was the kid at the sleepover who was up last, finishing the movie. No matter the circumstances or number of times I’ve watched something, I have to see the end. Even last week, I stayed up way too late, just to make sure the ending of Braveheart hadn’t changed. When the film’s story and characters have that mesmerizing superpower, you cannot help but watch, relate and empathize. I love cinema due to the worlds they create, and I want to give my characters their own worlds.
KH: I’ve always loved telling stories, and in my opinion, film is the perfect way to tell a story. For the audience, it’s such an experiential piece of art that we as filmmakers get to play with, from conveying emotion through color to manipulating pacing and tone through editing. Make someone look badass with a low angle shot, bring a tear to someone’s eye with a swelling score. What drew me in as an audience member, the all-enveloping feeling you can get from watching a movie, is what keeps me making them.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
GW: Premiering publicly for the first time is Open Mic Night. This Colorado Film School 2018 production follows the ups and downs of a local bar’s last open mic night. Have a laugh, cry, or another round between the various patron’s performances. This love letter to dingy dive bars aims to sheds light on these smaller creative stages, and those pulled toward the open microphone.
KH: While we did get a chance to screen this film for cast and crew in the bar we filmed at, this is the first time we’re showing Open Mic Night to a public audience. We’re really hoping to get MC Manny’s story in front of as many eyes as we can, and to share the idea that you should always keep playing, regardless of who’s watching!

Q: What else are you working on?
GW: I have always enjoyed the question, “So, what’s next?” There are always a handful of creative projects in the pipeline. Writing-wise, I am dedicating 2019 to submitting original works to various writing competitions. I am also a writer/photographer/videographer for ondenver.com and aboutboulder.com. When I’m not writing, I work as a production assistant on local and out-of-state commercial, narrative, and documentary film sets. I am a freelancer for hire, fusing my advertising and film backgrounds together. My production company is also crowd funding for our next film production. More fun news to come!
KH: Grant and I are constantly mulling over potential upcoming projects. This year, we’re making a goal for ourselves to complete a 1-minute short film each month to explore different genres and shooting styles. Personally, I’m always working to build my brand, and to strengthen personal and professional relationships with the awesome filmmakers and videographers I get to work with at Lumenati Productions and Burning Script Pictures.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
GW: One of the major quirks of set was the egregious call times and shooting schedule. Working around the bar’s closed hours, our cast and crew shot at location from 3:00am to 3:00pm for three days in a row. To say the least, people were very tired and running on fumes. Finding the right time to schedule each camera “oner” proved difficult, but was actually our saving grace. We would set up the bar scene similar to a theatre production and get everyone involved and aware of their main action and/or background action. By the end of the first oner on day two, the cast and crew were all jazzed up, thanks to accomplishing such a difficult chunk of the day. By the end of the second oner on day three, the production heads knew the schedule was working to our advantage. Don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of speed bumps that came with filming during the middle of the night into morning, but the entire production was confined to one location, so our set community grew insanely quick. Wouldn’t have planned it any other way.
KH: Another difficulty with bringing Open Mic Night to life was the fact that we needed to film in a bar, and 4 out of 5 of our production heads were under 21. This made finding a location the biggest headache of the production, since it was extremely difficult to scout locations we couldn’t get into. When we finally secured a location, the signed paperwork wasn’t able to hold up our agreement, and we lost our first bar on Grant’s birthday, on my drive to spend Thanksgiving with my family. Luckily, the production recovered. On the hunt for a location, we wandered into a bar called Pearl’s, and almost immediately met the owner, James Bedwell, who was more than happy to work with us. Pearl’s ended up being the perfect location, and James ended up becoming one of our freelance clients!

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
GW: My full portfolio can be found at www.ghimselfproductions.com. Check out Open Mic Night behind the scenes at www.facebook.com/OMNshort2018. Follow me on Instagram @grantworden. Read my On Denver article about artist Taylor Herzog at www.ondenver.com/denver-creative-artist-taylor-herzog/. Thank you for viewing, critiquing, following, sharing, and purchasing my work. I enjoy being able to creatively collaborate with others. Bouncing ideas off the endless whiteboard is a sort of sport. My short film productions, photography, doodles, and overall creative world would not be possible without the support of others.
KH: Check out my personal website at www.khomproductions.com, or follow me on Instagram @kylethehoman. You can also find out more about the companies I work for at www.lumenati.co and www.bspdenver.com.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
GW: This is the third short film I have had the privilege to show here at The Bug Theatre and The Emerging Filmmakers Project. This community of filmmakers is deeply devoted to individual voice. Every time I attend or premiere at the EFP I am blown away by the talent in the surrounding seats. Inspiration finds me here. I appreciate the opportunity to discuss my productions and the magic behind the scenes. Thank you again for showing Open Mic Night. The EFP board of directors and supporting staff helps emerging creatives promote their work. I love the stage and Q&A. Thank you again. Thank you to the amazing cast and crew and a special thank you to James and Matt from Boogie Groove Entertainment at Your Mom’s House on 13th street.
KH: Coming to EFP is always an awesome chance to put your work in front of an audience and see if what you tried to do actually worked. Meeting the fellow creative minds of Denver is always inspiring, and reconnecting with familiar faces is always awesome. Thank you to the folks at EFP who put this together, and for uniting this community by bringing us all together.

Open Mic Night will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, December 17th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Kyle Homan, “”D”UI” & “Tuesdays at 8”

“D”UI” & Tuesdays at 8″

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?

KH: To bring to life the ideas, characters, and stories I have in my head and to see them play out as reality.

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

KH: “D”UI was a short film I made 3 years ago in my senior year of high school, and Tuesdays at 8 was my second project of my first year at the Colorado Film School. Neither of them have screened publicly, but they are available to view on YouTube.

Q: What else are you working on?

KH: Right now, I am working on my 2nd year production for the Colorado Film School, a comedic short about a hit-woman who is only assigned to kill really old people.

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

KH: Check out my YouTube channel at bit.do/kylehomanfilms!

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

KH: What you guys are doing is super awesome and I always look forward to showing my work at The Bug! Thank you thank you thank you!

“D”UI” & Tuesdays at 8” screen at the February 2017 Emerging Filmmakers Project.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Kyle Homan, “Shards”

“Shards”

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Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?

KH: I always liked the idea of telling stories and creating an entire world out of nothing but words. It started with writing little books and short stories, but when I realized I could make it come to life in a new way, I immediately became encapsulated in filmmaking. Being able to craft a story, put it on paper, and then take those words and make them human beings that we can see and watch is a truly unique, beautiful, and exciting experience.
Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
KH: “Shards” is my latest short film and it was my end-of-the-semester project for my classes at the Colorado Film School. It’s a small but intense story about kindness, redemption, and picking up the pieces. This is its first public screening. I have also submitted it to Intendence Film Festival in Aurora as well as a few other out of state film fests.
Q: What else are you working on?
KH: Honing my craft. I know that’s kind of a general answer, but I’m attending classes at the Colorado Film School and constantly learning new ways to express myself in my stories. I don’t have any specific projects I’m working on right now, but as always, I’ve got a few ideas bouncing around in my head.
Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
KH: For a good long streak of my films, I had at least one foot shot somewhere in there. I broke the curse with “Shards”, but unfortunately didn’t break the curse of the foot fetish jokes amongst my friends.
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
KH: Check out my IMDb page here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7276718/?ref_=tt_ov_dr. My current YouTube channel is “Kyle Homan Films” and my channel from high school is “Rinseman Pictures”.
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
KH: It’s absolutely awesome the opportunities they give to filmmakers. Sometimes, the hardest part (and often the most important part) can be going out and meeting people and making those connections. EFP makes it really easy to do that, as well as giving you a platform for your work to be seen.
“Shards” will be screening on February 18th at the Emerging Filmmaker’s Project.