Meet the Filmmaker: Luke Ostermiller, “Arms”


Arms ThumbnailQ: Why did you become a filmmaker?
LO: As long as I can remember I have loved movies and I have always enjoyed telling stories. Through the years I got more and more passionate about filmmaking after I began making cheesy movies with my friends back in 6th grade. I’ve come a long way and I’m proud of myself, but I always want to keep improving and challenging myself in new ways. I love making films and will never stop doing it!

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
LO: My film playing on the 19th is titled Arms and it’s my very first student film at CFS. It’s about a woman simply trying to make it home and ends up having to fight off an attacker. There are some solid performances in it, I was honored to have such a great cast!

Q: What else are you working on?
LO: I’m about 99% done with a music video for a local metal band called Cruxvae for their song “Dark Times Ahead” and that’s gonna be coming out really soon. In addition to that, I’m directing a fake news show (sorta like The Onion, but way crazier) called Newsroom One that will be in production very soon. We have lots of notable local actors on board with this project and I’m super excited. It’s being produced by Ryan Seamy and we both have written the majority of the material for it. It’s insane and hopefully well have some teasers out within a month for it.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
LO: I like to plant “Easter eggs” in my films. Funny or out-of-place things, advertisements for myself or weird inside jokes. They are usually extremely subtle and most people won’t notice unless they are looking them. Arms has a quite a few in it so it’ll be interesting to see how many people catch ’em at the screening.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
LO: The best ways to stay updated with info on my films and any upcoming projects are my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/lukeostermillerofficial), my IMDB page (http://imdb.com/name/nm6857620/) or @lukeostermiller on Twitter. I also have YouTue and Vimeo channels, linkedin, Instagram and a personal Facebook profile.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
LO: It’s such an incredible opportunity to get your film out there and I encourage everyone to support it!

Arms will screen March 19th at The Emerging Filmmakers Project.


Meet the Filmmaker: Luke Ostermiller, “Unredeemable”

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Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
LO: I have always loved creating things and ever since I can remember movies have fascinated me. When I was 12-years-old I got my own video camera as a birthday gift and began making these little YouTube videos with my friends. As time went on I began to realize it was something I could never stop doing.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
LO: Unredeemable. This will be it’s first screening and I plan to submit it to some other film fest in the near future.

Q: What else are you working on?
LO: I just began working on a music video for Cruxvae (a local metal band) and it looks great so far – I’m super excited for it! I’m also wrapping up editing on the last episode this comedy web series I created with Brandon Kehiayan called Scooby-Doo and the Doggie Style Adventures and I’m currently in the process of developing the concept for a horror film I plan to shoot later this year.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
LO: I have always edited my own films and plan to always do so. When I’m directing, I picture in my head how I want the finished product to look and feel it would be very difficult for another editor to fully deliver my vision to the audience.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
LO: To stay updated on all the stuff I’m doing, https://www.facebook.com/lukeostermillerofficial is the best place to go.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
LO: I’m very glad to be having one of my films screened here and I feel that The EFP is a great way to showcase work and get feedback from other local filmmakers.

Unredeemable will screen January 17th at 3:00 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)

Friday Facebook Event Invite

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

Friday Facebook Event Invite

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)

Saturday Facebook Event Invite

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)

Saturday Facebook Event Invite


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)

Saturday Facebook Event Invite

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)

Saturday Facebook Event Invite

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.