While taking a break from rescuing Princess Leia from Jaba the Hutt, I caught up with John for a sit down at Mos Eisley Cantina… Spoiler Alert: Luke… I am not your father even though I am incredible with a light saber.
MM: Why did you become a filmmaker?
JL: I’ve always loved films and the unique way they combine art and technology in the service of telling a story. I particularly enjoy editing and being able to mold a film into its final shape.
MM: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
JL: This is our Star Wars parody, focused on the misadventures of someone who has absolutely no business being a Jedi. We wanted to learn more about visual effects so we combined live action, stop-motion, and footage from the Star Wars films to create the first two installments for our Digital Effects classes a few years ago at the University of Colorado Denver; we recently completed the third episode on our own. This screening combines the first three entries into a single narrative.
MM: What else are you working on?
JL: We are currently working on a short horror-comedy film.
MM: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
JL: We previously worked on a ridiculous Western comedy series starring live cats.
MM: Meow where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
MM: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
JL: It’s a great way for filmmakers to get the word out and show their work. Thanks to everyone involved!
MM: Thank you John for taking the time to talk with me and yes… Han shot first!! You heard it here… we saw it!!
“The Lazy Jedi” will screen at the April 17th Emerging Filmmakers Project!
June 20th, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. $5
Back to the 80’s by Liquid Luck Productions(16:00) for Cast/Crew/Friends
Caged Starling by Jhene Chase (7:49)
The Fantastic Finneas Frook (trailer) by Jhene Chase (1:30)
Making of the Spider by Kevon Ward (8:31) – the animatronic spider will be at the EFP!! 🙂
Low Down Dog Teaser by Raoul E Vehill(3:43)
Nice Guys by Justin Christensen (4:04)
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April 18th, at 8:00 p.m. $5 – The Denver Animated Pixelshow
PROGRAM ONE (8:10 p.m.)
Time Caddy by Will Kingston
Symbols by Ronnie Cramer
Rosas en la Noche by Paprice Sarcuzzi
Time Chair Enigma by Jamey Jorgensen
The Twister Sound by S. Black
Moist Pork (One) by Will Kingston
Enter Mustachio by Bradley Haag
Power of the Gospel by Andrew Sakata
The Window by Ronnie Cramer
The Dollar Menu by Joe McGrory
Pastrami and Rye (GI Joe Stop Motion Animation Fest) by Gio Toninelo
Wait for Me by Kendra Fleishman
A Dream by Matt Puerner
Clayliens by Jessica Allen
Blind Piano Teacher by Evert Brown
PROGRAM TWO (8:50)
Pancake Island (Winner Ones and Zeros Pixelfest) with Dylan Otto Krider
Forever Mankind by Eric Pung
PigHeads by Thinh Nguyen and Ethan Webb
Beware of Hat and Glasses by Bradley Haag
Nuts ‘N Bolts by Jesse Suhr
Candle Dance by Angellica Russell
Moist Pork (Two) by Will Kingston
A Complex Villianelle by Jonathon Goldstein
PROGRAM THREE (9:45)
The Cave: An Adaptation of Plato’s Allegory in Clay by Michael Ramsey
Idiot Chittix’s Toilet Paper Super Bowl Commercial by Bradley Haag
Blooka Lemon Lover by Ed Desroches
8 Second Dance by Trey Moya
The Shepherd Boy and The Wolf by Timothy Schultz
Moist Pork Three by Will Kingston
The Unrecoverable Loss of Eugene by Patrick Loehr
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So what if I told you that Denver has a place that screens locally-produced, independent short films, docs, music videos, art films, and an occasional feature-length film? And that these local film screenings have taken place on the third Thursday of the month since 2002? Would you be surprised? Or would you say, “That sounds like The Emerging Filmmakers Project.”
If The Emerging Filmmakers Project (EFP) is new to you, you’re probably wondering, “How do I get in on this?” Well, first of all, head on down to the next screening and introduce yourself. You can drop off a dvd or e-mail a link to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ve a got a small screening committee made of local filmmakers and actors. We can’t screen everything, but we look at everything. And we usually give feedback (if you want it) if we don’t screen it.
The EFP has been the home for Denver independent film screenings from new and established local filmmakers the third Thursday of every month since 2002, Screenings are held down at The Bug Theatre (3654 Navajo St., Denver 80232 – www.bugtheatre.org). The EFP is a great place to meet and network with area filmmakers, actors, writers, and many of the talented folks who work behind the camera. A spirited Q & A with the filmmaker follows each movie where you and your fellow audience members get to tell the filmmaker exactly what you think of their work.
The EFP also offers discounted acting classes and screenwriting workshops. Although film acting classes are taught in conjunction with The Film Acting Academy of Denver (www.filmactingdenver.com), The EFP supports the philosophy and work of every acting studio in town.
So now that you know a little bit about the Emerging Filmmakers Project, you should have your people put it in your calendar and come to the next screening.
See you here!
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