Meet the Filmmaker: Michael Bliss, “Cinnamon”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
MB: I started making films at the age of 15 and on my 16th birthday I wrote in my journal that I want to be a filmmaker and a director. Through the years I have made that dream a reality by working at ABC, FOX, ESPN, and working on many films and documentaries. A couple of highlights of my life was working with Robert Rodriquez on the film The Faculty and working at an art gallery helping frame artwork for Richard Linklater, and Quentin Tarantino. These three filmmakers have been an inspiration and a big influence in my filmmaking career.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
MB: Cinnamon is a 48 Hour Film Project that has won four awards so far.It also screened at the Colorado Short Circuit Film Festival and won for as the audience favorite.Our plans are to keep screening it at events and film festivals.

Q: What else are you working on?
MB: Festival creator and director of the  Denver Regional Youth Film Festival
Restoring Historic Elitch Theatre and creating a cultural revival on the original grounds of Elitch Gardens. 
The Troll – This is a story about a troll that gets lost in the city. 
ZombieFest II “Sloppy Seconds” – The Dead are Alive3 Degrees of Insanity – 3 stories, 3 minutes long tied all together with a bridge. (similar to a bridge in a song)

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

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
MB: www.blissfest333.comwww.etfest.comwww.historicelitchtheatre.org

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about EFPalooza or The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
MB: Thank you always for your support of Indie Films and our CommUNITY!

Cinnamon will screen Saturday, March 21st at 8:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre as part of the Saturday Night Shorts block during the 2020 EFPalooza Film Festival.