Meet the Filmmaker: Matty O’Connor, “Guns, Drugs, and Synergy”

Guns, Drugs, and Synergy | vimeo.com/mattyoconnor

M.OConnor Headshot 2014Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
MO: Filmmaking is a beautiful, emotional, but challenging form of art. It’s cathartic at its best. The experience of making a movie and watching it with an audience for the first time is the best thing ever. I was about 9 or 10 years old when I saw Jim Carrey talk with his butt in Ace Ventura. I’ve pretty much been sold on making movies for the rest of my life since then.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
MO: Guns, Drugs, and Synergy. It screened at the EFP, 2012 Laugh Track Comedy Film Fest, 2012 Colorado Film School Student Showcase, and dorm rooms across America. I can neither confirm nor deny the possibility of a GDS feature.

Q: What else are you working on?
MO: I have a web series with a bunch of talented comedians coming out on Sexpotcomedy.com. It’s called Glenn Has Ideas and it stars Andy Juett as Glenn, the office problem child, and Andrew Orvedahl, his boss.

I also directed a few comedy music videos for The Pump and Dump Show that will release on thebump.com shortly.

I highly encourage all to check that stuff out, pronto.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
MO: I always pick out my soundtrack in the early stages, before the script is even written. I’ll burn it to a CD and listen to it all the time. It helps me visualize the scenes.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
MO: vimeo.com/mattyoconnor

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
MO: I don’t know what else that probably hasn’t already been said. It’s simply amazing that the EFP gives local filmmakers this kind of opportunity. It’s also important for filmmakers to have the chance to show there work to an audience. I appreciate what the EFP does for the Denver filmmaking community. Thank you.

Guns, Drugs, and Synergy and 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.


May 16th, 2013 Lineup

May 16th at 8:00 p.m. $5

Those Who Can’t (preview) by The Nix Brothers (4:00)
Digital Stories from the U.C. Denver Department of Anthropology with Marty Otañez (14:00)
Special screening of Todd Bradley’s latest movie for cast, crew and friends (16:00)
Purgatory (excerpt) by Michael Kruger (5:00)
Guilt by Jimmy Lee Combs (6:00)
Five Steps by Matty O’Connor (14:00)

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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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November 15th, 2012 Lineup

November 15th at 8:00 p.m. $5

OMF Filmmakers Co-Op Promo by The OMF Filmmakers Co-Op (2:54)
Something You Can’t Find (Trailer) by Zach Wyman (1:20)
The Man Who Could by Drai Lloyd (3:25)
Cease Fire by Jacob Collins (29:00)
An Evenly Matched Game by Jay Shaffer (10:00)
Don’t Be a Pussy by Bradley Haag (6:00)
Screenmasters by Richard Karpala (6:00)
Extreme Tag (Trailer) by Jimmy Drain (2:00)
Five Steps (Trailer) by Matty O’Connor (1:30)

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