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Meet the Filmmakers: Jacob Anderson and James Alcazar, “Still Breathing”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
James: I wanted to become a filmmaker because I’ve always loved creating stories through film or being apart of stories through film and to create something that is your own/unique. After being on my first set when I was 15 years old, I fell in love with it instantly and I wanted to do it ever since. I love creativity.
Jacob:  I’ve always been a storyteller, whether it be through writing or music or telling jokes. When I found out I could accomplish that through a visual medium, I jumped at the chance, and I fell in love with the collaborative atmosphere that film sets are. I really enjoy the idea of multiple people working together to fulfill a creative vision.
Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
James: What you are seeing is a short film called Still Breathing, it’s a film about two close teenage friends that end up getting into a lot of trouble one Friday night and doing everything they can to overcome it. It has previously not screened anywhere else. I had an idea for a short film that I thought could be more than idea so I wrote a script and asked Jacob/other members in our film group if it was something that they wanted to be apart of and they were all in, I’m very fortunate to work on projects with a group of passionate and hard working individuals.
JacobStill Breathing is the result of two months of preparation and two days of shooting. It has yet to be seen anywhere aside from the internet, and has received more attention there than I’d originally expected. It’s a project that all involved are very proud to have had a hand in creating.
Q: What else are you working on?
James: I’m currently in the process of writing another short film and act in 2 more short projects that are coming soon
Jacob: Oh, everything. I’m a student in my third semester at the Colorado Film School, and as per school culture, I have my hand in as many projects as I can (without losing all of my sanity). Some as an assistant director, some as a gaffer, some as a key grip, and some I may or may not be directing in the future. (insert big, obvious winky face here)
Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
James: Many of the films I’ve been apart in have been with the same group of people. Connections is key
Jacob: I’m in every single one of the films I’ve directed. Sometimes you see my whole face, other times it’s just my elbow. Also, I’m a habitual liar.
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
James: My IMDb page where a lot of the main projects I’ve been apart of are on that page http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7422896/
Jacob: To the bloody moon, if that’s what they want. Anderson Productions is my multimedia production label – all information about it can be found on my website – http://www.thejacobanderson.com/
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
James: I think that the Emerging Filmmakers is one of the best film events in Denver. It’s a great place to show your work and to surround yourself with other filmmakers/like minded individuals. Most importantly I think it’s a great place to get honest and critical feedback of your work
Jacob:  It’s a a great place (and sometimes the only place) for projects to get feedback outside of online comments. Being able to know what colleages think of your work in real-time is extremely important to your growth as a creator, and I love that EFP provides a space for that.
Still Breathing will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, September 21st at The Bug Theatre.