Meet the Filmmaker: Michael Bilker, “The Character”

The Character

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
MB: …Because I wanted to? I’m not sure what you want from me here.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
MB: The Character was my final project for Production 1 at the Colorado Film School. The only other place it has screened to date is at the CFS Fall 2013 Student Show, where it won Best Production 1; I hope to submit it to other film festivals in the future.

Q: What else are you working on?
MB: This Summer I’m assembling a team to shoot a series of screen tests for a live action adaptation of the webcomic Two Guys and Guy, with the hope of establishing an ongoing live-action series to parallel the comics. You can read the comics here: http://www.twogag.com/

I have several scripts I’m working on, as long as your definition of “working on” is “periodically popping the file open and having writer’s block at it.”

Also be sure to check out Season 4 of The Great Nerf War on Youtube!

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
MB: I’m actually two capybaras and an iguana in a human suit, and I hope to popularize the technique of filming everything upside-down and flipping it in post.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
MB: You know, I really should think about setting up a website.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
MB: That seems like a loaded question.

The Character will screen January 17th at 7:00 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.


Meet the Filmmaker: Michael Bilker, “The Character”

The Character | http://www.youtube.com/user/YesRoyalty

Meet Michael Bilker.  Michael will be premiering his film The Character at the January EFP.  Eileen recently sat down with him to discuss the film and the other projects he currently has in the works.

EA: Why did you become a filmmaker?

MB: Because the tiny floating rhinoceroses tell me to. Maybe once I’m famous they’ll finally shut up.

Actually, the real answer is a lot more cliche. I’ve always had a knack for telling stories and a (sometimes misguided) drive to do my own thing; my childhood was composed largely of fantasizing about all the cartoons and TV programs I would make, most of which were blatant knock-offs of stuff I liked.

I’m still pretty misguided, but at least I’m not so obvious about ripping stuff off anymore.

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

MB: The Character is an absurdist piece that ended up being a satirization of filmmaking in general. It was made in Production 1 at the Colorado Film School last Spring and took home the award for Best Production 1 at the Student Show. It hasn’t screened anywhere else to date, but I hope to get it into more short film festivals.

EA: What else are you working on?

A: I’m currently in pre-production on a sci-fi short and will soon be starting audio mastering on ARWorks’ A Parody Rises.

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

MB: Oh man. Just one?

I don’t know if it qualifies as weird, exactly, but I always love to know how things work. I gravitate toward science fiction because I can put just as much work into inventing an alien empire’s technology as I put into writing their story.

If that’s not the correct amount of weird, I also have only one sinus cavity.

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

MB: Short answer, YouTube. I have a few other short pieces on my channel, YesRoyalty, and you can see my work in front of the camera in Saulsbury St. Studios’ hit series The Great Nerf War!

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

MB: Only that I’ve had a blast with it so far. Denver is a way more talented town than I think we get credit for, and the EFP has proved to be a great place to see that aptitude in action.

The Character will screen January 16th at The Emerging Filmmakers Project.


January 16th, 2014 Lineup

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

The CharacterMichael Bilker (5:00)
ThunderBolt – Ryan Carroll and Bradley Haag (07:50)
The Devil and The Vagabond – Terrell Lamont and Alicia Cole (11:00)
Occupy – Jim Sea (5:00)


Ten Past Two Jamey Hastings (05:00)
heer-ohJustin Lewis (12:00)

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