Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
NT: I like to make people think and laugh. Ever since I got my first video camera in highschool, I knew I wanted to make films.
I find the medium to be very entertaining and influential.
The best way to convey a message is through a story, and, in my opinion, the most effective way to tell a story is through film.
Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
NT: We are going to see Vaporwave Dream Therapy. (Tony goes to see his doctor about chronic despondency and anxiety.
However, the therapy sessions are altering his perception of reality.)
The only other place it has screened publicly was at Blissfest, a local film festival that showed a variety of short films. That took place in 2019 at Denver Open Media.
Q: What else are you working on?
NT: I am currently working on a short film that I hope to submit to the Sans Souci film festival,
a dance-themed film fest in Boulder. My choreographer, Will Treat, and I met each other when we were in film school together at CU.
Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
NT: I like to rate movies that I see, and I often write reviews on them. Currently, my favorite movie is Ida.
(It won the Oscar for best international film a few years ago.)
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
NT: Instagram: @ZionCinema -or- Vimeo.com/ZionCinema -or- Letterboxd.com/ZionCinema
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
NT: I am so glad EFP is part of the community! It is important for filmmakers to have a practical way to show their work publicly.
Vaporwave Dream Therapy will screen during The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, March 17th, 2021 at The Bug Theatre.