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: Patrick Sheridan, “Mirror, Mirror”

Mirror, Mirror | www.paddywagonfilms.com

Patrick Sheridan is one of the busiest people in the Denver film scene, second only, perhaps, to Arthur “Never Sleeps” Martinez.  He’s the host of The Emerging Filmmakers Project.  He runs The Film Acting Academy of Denver.  He’s a highly sought-after screenwriting, acting and filmmaking teacher and a freelance writer juggling several big projects.  And yet, somehow, he still finds the time to make amazing films.

If you’re anything like me, you probably feel like you need a nap right now, just from reading all that.

Patrick is also one of my favorite people, so when I found out he was screening his latest film Mirror, Mirror at the October EFP I tracked him down – not easy, given his hectic schedule – for a quick interview.

1380973_668568379834913_237311656_nEA: Why did you become a filmmaker?

PS: I come from a family of story tellers and have never really limited myself to one form of it. So naturally, I write songs, poetry, narrative fiction…. really whatever is the best way to convey something. I even worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., for a few years. So writing has always been part of who I am.

I think visual media, when done properly, has the ability to combine many forms of story telling and I felt a need to explore those possibilities. Plus, I just love movies and I felt my stories were lending themselves to film. My short films feel more like short stories to me.

So like many people, I guess the real answer is I became a filmmaker because making films – or telling stories – is just part of my DNA.

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

PS: We’re going to see my latest short movie, “Mirror Mirror.” This will be the world premier of the movie.

The movie stars local actors Jami Haber and Matt Roszak. At it’s core, the movie is about the personal struggle many of us have between confidence and self-doubt in the way our own demons and doubts can keep us from truly doing what we want in life.

I’ve started submitting it to festivals and I plan to include it in an anthology of the short films I’ve made the last few years. This may be my last short film as my attention is turning back to making feature films (I have two scheduled to shoot in 2014).

EA: What else are you working on?

PS: I’m finally finishing up my first feature “Jimmy Said.” It’s been in post for a really long time! I’m working on feature scripts for two out-of-state producers and one script for a local director. I’ll be announcing a production schedule for a scary movie with an almost all kids cast soon and we’re in pre-production on a feature called “The Stalker.”

And I continue to teach film acting at the Film Acting academy of Denver.

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

PS: My movies tend to be dark, even the funny ones. I like a great twist, but only if it’s been earned. I like it when an audience goes back and realizes all the clues were there all along, you know? Most of my movies have some reference to Little Lady Explorers (though Mirror Mirror does not). Even though I always know what my movies are about, I’m a big believer in letting the audience take away whatever they want from it.

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

PS: We’re currently rebuilding my website. You can find links to some of my old stuff at www.paddywagonfilms.com, some of my newer stuff on vimeo: www.vimeo.com/paddywagonfilms and on my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/patrick.sheridan.75

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

PS: The Emerging Filmmakers Project is a pretty amazing event. It’s like a national film festival every month that focuses on local talent. I think it’s such an ingrained part of our film community that people often take it for granted. They shouldn’t. Very few festivals offer the same kind of viewing experience or opportunity for the filmmaker to interact with the audience like the EFP does.

EA: Thanks Patrick!  Do me a favor, k?  Don’t ever stop being so awesome.

Mirror, Mirror will screen October 17th at The Emerging Filmmakers Project.


October 17th, 2013 Lineup

October 17th, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. $5

In celebration of the Halloween season, The Emerging Filmmakers Project (EFP) presents a night of scary short movies and trailers!

Parody Rises (trailer) – Alexander Rhodes-Wilmere (2:02)
Divine Intervention (trailer) – Colin Floom (2:26)
Mythica Teaser – Ed Vorhees (1:50)
The Locals – AEC (5:38)

Petrified – John Hartman (11:00)
Reel Nerds Podshow S:1 Ep. 2 “Extra-terror-estrial” Bradley Haag (8:48)
Mirror, Mirror – Patrick Sheridan (4:35)

Don’t Help Me, Help the Bear – Noah Mittman (05:02)
A private screening by John McSween

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February 21st, 2013 Lineup

February 21st at 8:00 p.m. $5

Served by Patrick Sheridan (4:08)
Mine to Keep (trailer) by Justin Christenson (2:00)
Grown by Lauren Enberg (5:55)
Goodbye Jack by Peter Wigand (10:00)
Unfriend Forever (music video) by Peter Lively (3:47)
Dear Ted by Eileen Agosta (5:30)
Two Semesters of Psychology by Chris Weigand (3:00)
Misogyny (trailer) by Bob Berg (2:00)
SwannLove – Condom Style Denver by Swann Christopher (4:33)

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December 20th, 2012 Lineup

December 20th at 8:00 p.m. $5

Denver Medium by Julie DeLuna (4:42)
Beautiful Scar by Jimmy Lee Combs (8:00)
Sisyphean by Connor McIntyre (26:00)
No Drama Breakup by The Nix Brothers (2:55)
Christmas Eve ‘45 by Evgueni Mlodik (16:00)
The Best Christmas Ever by Patrick Sheridan (4:44)

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