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Meet the Filmmaker: Kaitlin McMullen, “Patrick Sheridan’s Purpose”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
KM: I have grown up with a camera by my side due to my parents documenting my every move. I got inspired by my family for filming the memories in a physical format with their cameras. I further on decided to learn how to film and edit videos together to create this type of visual art.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
KM: We will be seeing my documentary of Patrick Sheridan. The title of the film is Patrick Sheridan’s Purpose because I wanted to showcase his rhyme and reason for being on this planet.

Q: What else are you working on?
KM: I’ve been working on various short films, music video, and documentaries. Documentaries are definitely the genre of film that I am most passionate about.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
KM: A weird about me is that I can free style rap about any subject and every time I edit my films I have to be drinking chocolate milk to help me concentrate.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
KM: You can find more of my content on vimeo and instagram as Kaitlin McMullen.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
KM: I am so happy to be part of something so amazing. It brings me that filmmakers can come together, enjoy content, and inspire each other to be creative.

Patrick Sheridan’s Purpose will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, June 15th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Dillon Cole, “Passenger’s Seat”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
DC: It makes me feel like a kid again. I get to play with fancy, expensive toys and play pretend with my friends.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
DC: PASSENGER’S SEAT was my team’s submission to the first Weekend Warriors Film Festival in Fort Collins, Colorado. It was made in 48 hours and won Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Score and Best Cinematography when it first screened in October 2016.

Q: What else are you working on?
DC: Filmmaking-wise, mostly commercial work. I’m the Cinema Manager at The Lyric, an independent cinema in Fort Collins, Colorado. We’re opening our new location in a few months, so I’ve been working on stuff for that. Friends & I premiered our newest short, A Lindbergh Baby Situation, earlier this month and I’m already itching for a new narrative project – holla atcha gurl if you have a neat script you want produced!

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
DC: I try my best to use “little movies” instead of “short films.” It sounds so cute!

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
DC: dillonjamescole.com. My phone number is on there too if you want to prank call me or ask me out for drinks.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
DC: I’m in endless appreciation for The EFP. To me, The EFP provides a crucial step for local filmmakers in their pursuit of larger success. Thank you for showing our little movie!

 Partners will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, June 15th at The Bug Theatre.
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Meet the Filmmaker: Ashley Matkowsky, “Partners”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
AM: I knew since I was little that making films was what I was made to do, simple as that I guess. Some things you just know.

 

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
AM: We will be viewing Partners, my first short film about a notorious woman bank robber who is finally caught and interviewed before she serves her time in jail. It has screened at The Independent Women of Film Festival back in February and I have entered it into a few other local film festivals as well.

 

Q: What else are you working on?
AM: I’m working on my next two short films as we speak on top of a local political ad. My second short film, SEKUND, will be in production in the Fall as my third short film, Gangsters, which I am also adapting to a feature, is being finalized and polished.

 

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
AM: You’ve gotta be weird to be a filmmaker. I can’t think of anything specifically “weird” but I do have to say I enjoy making films as real as possible, cinema verite.

 

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
AM: I have a facebook page and a youtube channel that I update every time I make something new.
Partners will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, May 18th at The Bug Theatre.

 

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Meet the Filmmaker: Kyle Woodiel, “My Body Sings Electric “Keep it Simple Stupid”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?

KW: I truly just enjoy every single process of making a film; from initial planning to completion.

 

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

KW: We’re seeing a music video titled “Keep It Simple Stupid” by Denver band My Body Sings Electric. It is currently public to view on YouTube.

 

Q: What else are you working on?

KW: I’m currently in pre-production to produce another indie short film; ‘Canvas.’

 

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

KW: I almost always wear a Colorado Rockies Baseball hat while on set.

 

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

KW: You can find more of my work at my production company’s website; cameraspeeds.com

 

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

KW: I really appreciate the opportunity to screen a film on an actual screen in front of the community.

 

My Body Sings Electric “Keep it Simple Stupid” will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, May 18th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Olivia Abtahi, “The Reason I Jump”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
OA: I remember watching a show called “AHHH! Real Monsters” when I was a kid and they had a projector that hooked into your brain to show everyone else what you were thinking and seeing. I was totally obsessed. When I learned that the machine wasn’t real, I realized that filmmaking was the closest I’d ever get to showing people exactly what I was thinking and feeling. It’s one of the few portals I have into my brain to share with others.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
OA: This film is an adaptation of The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida, a 13 year old’s tale of his experience with autism. It screened at CIWF but I don’t have any other plans for it.

Q: What else are you working on?
OA: I’m shooting my next short film the first weekend in May. It’s about a female protagonist that gets into a fight with her male narrator.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
OA: I try to make all of my narrative films with the restrictions I have. Budget, location, access to props, etc. I write to the resources I already have, not the ones I want.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
OA: www.oliviaabtahi.com

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
OA: Thanks so much for considering me!!

The Reason I Jump will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, April 20th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Andrew Olas, “Detective Meredith Hitler, Secret Private Investigator”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
AO: My first attempt at state university failed when i found myself (more often than not) skipping class to write novels. About a year later i took a film class at a community college, and on day 1 i knew i had discovered my true calling. I just want to make films that people enjoy.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
AO: Detective Meredith Hitler, Secret Private Investigator is a Sci-fi/Noir/Comedy about a 1930s-esque detective, set in a futuristic world from the perspective of the 1980s. It has screened once at Denver Comic Con and once at the Rooster Cat Cafe. Eventually I’d like for it to be my job application to Adult Swim.

Q: What else are you working on?
AO: Much of my time lately has been spent finishing my first feature length screenplay which i plan on submitting to the Academy Nicholls Fellowships in a few weeks.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
AO: I taught myself to speak backwards when I was 8. Also, in each of my films I credit my friend Paul, even if he had nothing to do with it. In “Meredith Hitler” he is credited as “Invisible Mime.”

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
AO: I’ve got a couple silly things on youtube, but you wouldn’t be interested in any of that. Well, unless you enjoyed Meredith Hitler, in which case I guess maybe you would. Check out “ThuhManeMan15” if you dare to be stupid.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
AO: Many thank yous to the EFP for selecting this film, as well as to the busy, busy Arthur Martinez for convincing me to submit.

Detective Meredith Hitler, Secret Private Investigator will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, April 20th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Michael O’Connell, “Triangle”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
MO: I became a filmmaker because the entire process of getting an idea and bringing that idea to fruition is the most satisfying thing I could ever do.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
MO: You will see my film Triangle. It’s an absurdist comedy about a young man who goes to a band tryout and meets a conductor who has lost his mind. It has screened previously at Show Us Your Shorts with the Pikes Peak Film Forum. I hope to put it through some Midwest film festivals because while I’m a Colorado native, a majority of the cast/crew are from that area.

Q: What else are you working on?
MO: I’m currently in post-production of my next short film entitled ‘Selfish.’ It’s a drama/thriller that explores the concept of self-interest.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
MO: Well this film is weird by itself but I’ve been told that not being a coffee drinker is weird since most filmmakers thrive on coffee. I’m more of a tea guy.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
MO: You can visit my website at: ocvideoproductions.com or go to my vimeo profile at: vimeo.com/michaeloconnell

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
MO: I just think it’s a great thing to promote local creative talent and support the arts.

Triangle will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, April 20th at The Bug Theatre.