Meet the Filmmaker: Níko Sotolongo, “Coo Cooí”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
NS: I’ve always been a storyteller and, like most filmmakers, sharing stories is how I best express myself. When another person connects on some level with one of my stories, well, that’s just about the best feelings in the world.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
NS: I am excited to share Coo Cooí with you. It is my senior thesis project from my time at the University of Colorado Denver Film program and it has already screened at the Durango Film Festival and the Santa Fe International Film festival. It is also currently under consideration for the Boulder Film Festival.

I hope to use this short as a proof of concept for a feature-length version of the script which I have recently finished writing.

Q: What else are you working on?
NS: Like most freelancers, I’m currently working on a bit of everything. There is a finished screenplay that I am trying to produce here in Denver and I am also writing several pilots with the hope of having them produced one day.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
NS: I love horror and horror-comedies, not that weird I know, but when I was a kid I used to hate anything even remotely scary. Now it’s my jam. Who knows.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
NS: If you’d like to find out more about my video services and any of my upcoming projects please check out my website nikosotolongo.com and follow me on Instagram @Niko.Soto.Foto

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
NS: Thank you so much for selecting Coo Cooí and for supporting other burgeoning filmmakers here in Denver. You have given us an audience which is all any storyteller could ever ask for!

Coo Cooí will screen during The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, December 19th at The Bug Theatre.