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Meet the Filmmaker: Bill Johnson, “Pickup Man”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
BJ: I have been a landscape photographer since I was a teenager with most of my work using a large format camera.  When it became difficult to travel with film after 911, I switched to digital cameras and discovered video.  Video allows me to do stories about people in the landscape and I learn about different ways of life.  I find video is much more complex than photography and gives me greater creative opportunities.  

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

BJ: Pickup Man is a four year effort that brought me to Colorado from Los Angeles.  It is a story about a family that has ranched on the Plains of Colorado for over a hundred years and is facing a historic drought.   I lived with them for months at a time in all seasons of the year.  Rodeo is an integral part of their lives, and I followed the protagonist, Jessica Mosher, as she competed throughout Colorado, Wyoming, and Texas.  Pickup Man premiered at Blissfest in 2017 where it was voted the Best Documentary, and it is a semi-finalist in the documentary category and will be shown in the Utah Film Festival on April 6.  There is a longer Director’s cut version of the movie that I also offer to festivals through Film Freeway.

Q: What else are you working on?

BJ: I grew up in Hawaii and visit every year.  That has resulted in Night Fishermen, a story about those who go out at night to stand on a cliff by the edge of the sea.  It is from the perspective of three life long fishermen as they each face aging.  It will premier at this year’s Colorado Short Circuit Film Festival on March 29 and 30th.
I have co-produced a fashion show at Denver Open Media for the past three years and completed over three dozen profiles on designers and others in the fashion industry here in Denver.  I have also started doing stories about dancers and musicians that I post on Vimeo.  I find that in doing documentary stories, background video to illustrate interviews is essential.  I need access to people’s daily lives and sometimes that takes time or doesn’t happen.  I often have to wait for the action to come to me, so I work on many stories at a time.

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

BJ: I am fascinated by the combination of sound and images into movies.  When I am wearing a headset and listening to the environment around me, I can hear so much better than in real life.  It has become a vicarious thrill to do sound.

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

BJ: I recently completed a new web site, billjohnsonstories.com, and people can see the best of my past work as well as recent efforts.

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

BJ: I am thankful that The Emerging Filmmakers Project is here.  It gives me a forum to share my work and learn from the work of others as well as meet the moviemaking community of Colorado.

Pickup Man will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, March 21st at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Don Markus, “Trevor & Janelle”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?

Markus: As an actor and improviser in Chicago, it was a natural progression to get behind the camera and start creating content. For me, filmmaking is an extension of acting, and all under the umbrella of storytelling.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP?
Markus: Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?It’s a short comedy poking fun at a Denver couple who have no idea what they’re doing in the mountains. Logline: Ill-prepared for the mountains, Trevor & Janelle realize they’ve brought the wrong map, are lost, and have dwindling food rations.

Q: What else are you working on?
Markus: Currently working on a handful of short films and pushing towards a first feature film.

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

Markus: This short was completely improvised by the fabulous Wolfgang Stein & Stephanie Jones. I had a loose outline: This is the moment you realize you’re lost. Now what? My wonderful wife Brittany Markus and I were behind the camera and Spencer Nelson ran audio. Once we got set, we essentially said to Wolf and Stephanie, “Ok, go.”  They then did what they do best! You can, and should, go see Stephaine in Barkley & Makeshift Shakespeare at https://voodoocomedy.com/ You can catch Wolf around town often at Voodoo as well.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?https://www.joywreck.com
https://www.instagram.com/joywreck/
https://twitter.com/JOYWRECK
https://www.facebook.com/JOYWRECK/
https://vimeo.com/joywreck
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5KwogcO__gBK2b5fAm_PTg

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
Markus: Thank you so much for having us. It is great to have a place like The Emerging Filmmakers Project for us filmmakers to show our work.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Carter Dodd, “Miscommunication”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?

Dodd: I became a filmmaker because I realized I had all of these wonderful stories banging around in my head and only one way to tell them.

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

Dodd: You are going to see my first dialogue written film “Miscommunication.” It has not been screened anywhere else except for the classrooms located at the Colorado Film School. I plan to submit it to as many short film festivals as I can.

Q: What else are you working on?

Dodd: I am currently working on the script to chapter 2 of “Miscommunication.” Production should begin sometime this summer.

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

Dodd: I became an actor by accident. In high school, I remember signing up for classes one day and accidentally took a film class because I thought that it had to do with radio broadcasting. Everything else is history!

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

Dodd: If people want to find out more about more about me or my future work, they can follow me on Instagram @amongallthieves or by checking out my youtube channel by just typing my full name “Carter Dodd.”

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

Dodd: I’d like to thank EFP for this wonderful opportunity. I feel incredibly honored to have my film chosen by them. I think it’s a great organization that really cares about up and coming filmmakers.

Miscommunication will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, March 21st at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Ryan Frazee, “Redlands – Losing My Mind (Official Music Video)”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
Frazee: I’ve always enjoyed capturing moments and telling the stories that surround them. Since then, I couldn’t get enough of telling stories in the most interesting way possible. 

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
Frazee: This is a music video that I created for a band called Redlands. It’s about a man finds himself wrapped up in the dizzying spell of a seductress unsure of what is reality and what is a dream. 

Q: What else are you working on?
Frazee: Lots of music videos and other music-related projects! Day to day I direct and edit corporate and commercial projects.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
Frazee: I tend to care more about the sound in my films than I do the visuals. I come from a music background and have spent a lot of time with musicians in studios filming videos for them and seeing them add tiny little elements to songs that really make a song “pop”, made me want to start adding that to my films! Since then I find myself spending a lot of time adding layers of sound in moments that it fits.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
Frazee: You can follow my Instagram @rfrazee or see all of my film and photo work at ryanfrazee.net

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
Frazee: I’m excited to get involved in the film making community that you’ve created and love that Denver has the Emerging Filmmakers Project to look out for and support independent filmmakers!

Redlands – Losing My Mind (Official Music Video) will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, March 21st at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmakers: Jamey Hastings & Travis Duncan, “Waiting on the Space Poets”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
TD: Film involves so many creative disciplines. There’s no other form quite like it.
JH: I wanted to tell stories, and I think film is one of the best ways to do that.

Q: What are we going to see at EFPalooza? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
T&J: Waiting on the Space Poets was created as part of a technology themed art exhibit in Oct. 2017 at Pikes Peak Library District. It actually won 2nd place in the competition, which was sweet. So far that’s the only place it has screened. We’re sending it to experimental fests and exhibits and perhaps some sci-fi type fests/conventions.

Q: What else are you working on?
T&J: What aren’t we working on? We are wrapping up post production on a creepy film called I Am Awakened, which Travis wrote. Jamey is editing a feature-length documentary we filmed last summer about Dragon Theatre Productions, a community-inclusive theatre group in Colorado Springs. We are also in the research phase of a short historical-fiction/bio-pic set around, or exactly in, 1905. Oh, and we also just wrapped post on a mini-documentary about the Rocky Mountain Flyathlon, so hopefully you’ll see that one soon.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
TD: I’m a musician and composer. I particularly enjoyed composing a piece consisting of typewriter, ukulele, flute and trombone for this film.
JH: I knew exactly where to find the satellites for this film, because many years ago I worked at the TV station where they’re located. It’s now a custom countertop store.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
T&J: You May Clap Productions is on Facebook and Twitter or you can check out the website: http://youmayclap.com
Oh, and also: https://vimeo.com/jameyhastings

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about EFPalooza or The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
T&J: The Emerging Filmmakers Project is one of our favorite places to screen and meet filmmakers and actors. We’re super grateful that it exists.

Waiting on the Space Poets will screen Thursday, February 21st at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre as part of the Emerging Filmmakers Project block during the 2019 EFPalooza Film Festival.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Henry Jarvis, “Forgive Me Father”

“Forgive Me Father”

HeadshotQ: Why did you become a filmmaker?

HJ: I’ve wanted to be a filmmaker for as long as I can remember. The medium of film attracted me because it was one of the few art forms that can be reached by a broad audience in a fast amount of time. It is really the most convenient art form in terms of storytelling and that is something that always drew me to it.

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

HJ: You will be seeing “Forgive Me Father” as short film I made over the course of three hours. It has been rejected from every film festival I have submitted it to thus far except EFP. My current plans are for it to be rejected from the remaining film festivals and then I can release it online finally.

Q: What else are you working on?
HJ: College! I’m currently applying to film school. So if a Film School admissions person is reading this, please accept me to your college. I’m 19 and set goals higher than I should have. Please accept me. I’m desperate.
Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
HJ:  I tricked my high school into thinking that I was attending the University of Havana in Cuba. So if anyone asks, I live in Cuba.
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
HJ: You can friend me on Facebook. You can follow me on twitter: @byronichenry. You can come and talk to me if you see me on the street. I’m a pretty open and friendly person.
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
HJ: I’m glad this outlet exists. Even if people watch my film here and hate it, I’m glad this outlet exists for those who are more talented than I am and I’m honored to be a part of it.
“Forgive Me Father” will be screening at the December 17th Emerging Filmmaker’s Project.
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Meet the Filmmaker: Elgin Cahill, “Oleander Trailer”

“Oleander Trailer”

www.oleandertheseries.com

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Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?

EC: Ever since I was a kid I’ve been intrigued by the process of taking stories from books or scripts or even just ideas, and bringing them to life on the screen.

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

EC: We will be screening the trailer for Oleander The Series, starring Luba Bocian.  It is an edgy, sexy, spy-thriller.  We shot this project in anamorphic widescreen, which is a task, but I think that the cinematic look and feel are totally worth it.  The first two episodes are done and are viewable on youtube.  This is the first theatrical screening of the trailer.  We are going to keep working on the series, and working to build an audience.

Q: What else are you working on?

EC: My production partner, Wendy Winterbourne, and I have several projects in the works, including an anthology series, a short film, and two documentaries.  We are also currently in the process of packaging some projects for production next year.  And we are gearing up to start production on a supernatural thriller feature film this summer (August 2015).

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

EC: I frequently write a shooting script or block a scene around a single, killer, must-have “money-shot”.  More often than not, that shot doesn’t make it into the final cut of the film.

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

EC: www.oleandertheseries.comwww.thelakethemovie.com

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

EC: The EFP is one of the happiest places in Denver.  I always look forward to seeing great indie cinema, meeting up with old friends, and making new ones.

“Oleander Trailer” will be screening on July 16th at the Emerging Filmmaker’s Project. 

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Meet the Filmmaker: Sydney Thomas, “The Story of Harriet”

The Story of Harriet – Sydney Thomas

Sydney ThomasEA: Why did you become a filmmaker?

ST: I’ve wanted to act in films since before I can remember, like really really young. And as I approached college I thought about how I can expand my love for film and directing just seemed like a right option. I then started the film and television BFA program at University of Colorado- Denver where I realized that there aren’t nearly enough women filmmakers in the business and I ought to make a difference too, dagnammit!

 

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

ST: The Story of Harriet, which is my second short film I’ve made. It has also screened at my school’s film awards, Cinefest.

 

EA: What else are you working on?

ST: I’m currently writing a really cheesy/kind-of-perfect murder mystery that takes place in a haunted mansion, all in the POV of the murderer (who is adorable, I might add).

 

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

ST: The first thing that comes to mind is that I always act as one of the leads in my films, and my good friend Steve usually always plays my opposite (because he’s the only one of my friends I can get to act) while my fiancé Bryce is always behind the camera working as the cinematographer. It’s like this weird Tim Burton/Helena Bonham Carter/ Johnny Depp thing going on.

 

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

ST: Here’s my Facebook url:

https://www.facebook.com/sydney.thomas.963

And my Vimeo url:

https://vimeo.com/user17177033

 

 

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

ST: Yes! I think this project is a fantastic way for filmmakers to not only have their work viewed and discussed, but an even better way to network and find other passionate cinephiles in the area to connect with and possibly collaborate with as well.

 

The Story of Harriet will be screening at the July Emerging Filmmakers Project!

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Meet The Filmmaker, Alex Brisson, “Campus Cops”

While enjoying my favorite late afternoon snack, chocolate & peanut butter sandwich, I was able to get down to the bottom of what Alex Brisson is all about… and then I stopped eating.

 

MM: Why did you become a filmmaker?

AB: I chose to be a filmmaker because I am a storyteller and I love making people laugh. Also I have literally no other skills.

 

MM: Wh1441411_641129325939250_1761791655_nat are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?

AB: Campus Cops is the story of a renegade campus security guard Monahan and his new by-the-book partner Stew solving their biggest case yet. It has thus far only been shown at the ColoradoFilmSchool, but has been submitted to a few comedy film festivals, and we’re looking forward to hopefully hearing back from them.

 

MM: What else are you working on?

AB: I just completed a short romantic-comedy “Love at First Stalk” which won the ColoradoFilmSchool’s Student Show Best Picture award for the semester, I plan on taking this film to festivals as well, and I’ve started in on writing my next short comedy about a blanket fort.

 

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

AB: The poop was actually chocolate and peanut butter

 

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

AB: Go to my website http://www.zombiesandwichproductions.com or my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zombie-Sandwich-Productions/234376276614559

 

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

AB: I’ve gone to a few of these in the past and have always had a great time. I’m very excited to be able to be a part of this one!

 

MM: Thanks Alex for taking the time to chat with me, and ruining my favorite snack!

” Campus Cops” will screen at the May 15th Emerging Filmmakers Project!

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Meet The Filmmaker, Todd Bradley, “Agriculture Supporting Community: The PEAS Farm”

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While taking a mid summer day siesta in the local farmers field… or that was where the aliens decided to drop me off… I ran into Todd and he was kind enough to rest the high wheel cultivator long enough to answer a few questions for me.

 

MM: Why did you become a filmmaker?

TB: At some point a few years ago, I felt like I had learned enough from working on other filmmakers’ project that I should try making my own. That led to about a dozen short films of my own, and ultimately to a second career as a freelance videographer.

 

 

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

TB: This video is about a small farm in Missoula, Montana that is run by a non-profit organization. The director of the project, a professor from the local university, describes the farm and its impact on students and the community. I shot the footage in 2011 when my wife and I were traveling the western United States. But I didn’t edit it until early 2014, as a submission for the Real Food Media Contest. The film’s public premiere is right here at the EFP.

 

MM: What else are you working on?

TB: I have a backlog of a half dozen other video projects from the same trip, and I’m always working on roller derby videos. But my biggest current project is for the Library of Congress’ Veteran’s History Project. It’s a long interview with my father, who is a Vietnam veteran.

 

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

TB: I’m the only person I know whose subconscious composes original soundtrack music for his dreams.

 

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

toddbradley.com

explodingcorpse.com

vimeo.com/toddbradley404

youtube.com/toddbradley

 

 

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

TB: If it weren’t for the EFP, I’d never have learned about John Hartman.

 

MM: I believe that earns you an awkward one-standing-leg hug, YAY!!

 

” Agriculture Supporting Community: The PEAS Farm” will screen at the May 15th Emerging Filmmakers Project!