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Meet the Filmmaker: Greg Eakins, “Meddling in Murder”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
GE: When I was in High School I thought it would be cool to make video games; I looked into it and quickly realized that it involved a lot of math and coding which was not exactly my strong suit. But I still gravitated towards the storytelling aspect of gaming. Around this time was when DVDs were becoming the norm, and I loved watching all of the behind the scenes content from my favorite films. The final straw was making a short film for an English project with some friends; at that point I was hooked with the process and decided to go to film school at CU.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
GE: Meddling in Murder is a film my team made for the 100 Hour Film Race back in December. The format of this contest was similar to the 48 Hour Film Project which we have done many times, but obviously twice as much time to work with so I am pretty pleased with the end result. It was selected as a finalist in the competition and screened in February in Marietta, Georgia at that award ceremony. This will be the first Colorado screening of the film so many of the cast and crew will be in attendance, and I am submitting it to a few other festivals as well after this.

Q: What else are you working on?
GE: The next thing will probably be the 48 Hour Film Project in August, this will be my ninth and Anthony’s eleventh time doing it. I always have a great time making the film and seeing it along with all of the other awesome work by the Denver film community.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
GE: Anthony has played variations of this same character, “Les Corman” in four of our short films. At various times he has been either an out of work, struggling, or highly successful actor, and he actually died in one of the films but he somehow keeps coming back! It may be time to retire him at this point.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work? My website is www.runningriotpictures.com, also our Youtube channel
GE: Running Riot Pictures if you care to look back at my college/early work! It mostly sucks!

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
GE: I only met Patrick a few times and didn’t know him well but I know that he is sorely missed in the community and I hope that the EFP can continue on giving new artists a place to share their work with others in a public forum. I’ve been lucky to screen a few films at the EFP, it’s wonderful that Denver has this program available to help up and coming filmmakers break into Colorado’s blossoming film industry.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Grant Worden, “Arm in Arm”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
GW: It was the one thing all the voices in my head could agree on.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
GW: Arm in Arm is a reimaging of Peter Pan, following a jaded Wendy Darling after a vicious attack and the struggle as a Police Detective years later.

Q: What else are you working on?
GW: I am currently finishing up my Colorado Film School senior thesis – “Open Mic Night.” It will premiere May 2018.
Continuing rewrites on a feature screenplay called, Calvin the Only.
I recently started a producer internship position with InJoy Health Education.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
ABOUT ME:
When I am not writing
ABOUT ARM IN ARM:
All Nico Dagger wanted all the tattoos to be real // was going to get WOLF tattooed on his knuckles. Nico Dagger stars as WOLF (Capt. Hook).
The fight scene and choking/hit scene were all choreographed by Dylan Welter, Shannon Malloy, Nico Dagger and myself. This was my first time choreographing a fight scene… and it took place in a residential neighborhood. WOOF!

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
GW: Website: www.Ghimselfproductions.com

Directing Reel: https://youtu.be/-WIjEK3c6Mk

Twitter: Grant Worden / @grannn14

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/grantiworden/

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
GW: Thank you for honoring my cast and crews great work the two months in a row! Showing Losing Faith in March was a treat! Participating in the EFP has been a wonderful experience and I cannot wait to meet… anyone really. Thank you to Mike, Eileen, and Patrick for all their hard work! See you at the BUG THEATRE April 19th! Cheers.

Arm in Arm will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, April 19th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Lily O’Dowd, “Call Me If You Get This”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
L: I’ve wanted to be a filmmaker since I was 9 years old and saw a “behind the scenes” for the Nick Cage Ghost Rider movie. The director got to go up in a really tall crane and I thought that looked fun. The rest all kind of spiraled from there.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
L: Call Me If You Get This is audio documentary and visual fiction. The voice overs are my real and actual voicemail box, including real and actual voicemails from my ex-boyfriend who I dumped upon figuring out I was a lesbian. All actors are unprofessional (as you can probably tell) including my friends, dog, younger sister, and grandma. This is the first ever theatrical screening of Call Me If You Get This.

Q: What else are you working on?
L: I’m currently working on getting over 5 hours of sleep a night and remembering to eat vegetables. Also maybe some films.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
L: I try to put my younger sister in as many of them as I can.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
L: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfp3Xf85n8TKiTDvJJC_Qzw

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
L: Thank you EFP for giving me a chance to show case my work. It’s really great to see my low-fi, $0 budget, experimental short on a big screen and it’s nice to have a platform other than my mom showing it to people on her phone. Thanks for supporting not just me, but other new filmmakers.

Call Me If You Get This will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, April 19th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmakers: Jeff Payne and Julie Engle, “The Most Wonderful Time in the West”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
Jeff: I’ve always loved writing. When I was in my 20’s and learned that you can write movies I got into screen writing. Directing and editing came out of that.
Julie: I am inspired by my husband’s passion for creativity. I want to make movies because it is one of the most challenging things we can do as a couple.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
J&J: Every year around the holidays we make a short film instead of sending out cards. This was our biggest film to date: a western to take advantage of the Colorado landscape. So far it’s only screened at our home during our annual cookie party, and on Vimeo for out-of-town friends and family.

Q: What else are you working on?
J&J: We are writing a feature length screenplay and in pre-production mode for next year’s holiday movie.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
J&J: We limit ourselves to one assistant per shoot day. This is in attempt to keep the final product under lock and key.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
J&J: Vimeo or jeffpaynevideo.com, which I use for freelancing.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
J&J: It’s an important thing for filmmakers to see their work on screen with an audience. For the EFP to provide that to filmmakers makes them an invaluable organization for the film community.

The Most Wonderful Time in the West will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, April 19th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmakers: Grant Worden, Shannon Malloy, “Losing Faith”

Losing FaithGhimselfproductions.com

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
GW: All I know is, I never wanted to work in the traditional cubical world. Cinema has I use to hate reading/writing but now have a responsibility to invent compelling characters, story structures and world rules. As a director, I get to work with the best individuals to make great scripts come to life.

SM: I became a filmmaker because I truly believe being a storyteller is why I was put onto this earth. Even if I impact one life at a time it’s absolutely worth all the time and energy that we put into a film, and I’m so thankful to be chasing this dream and making movies.

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

GW: Losing Faith received an Honorable Mention in the One-Reeler short film competition (One-reeler.net) This is the first local showing.

SM: I became a filmmaker because I truly believe being a storyteller is why I was put onto this earth. Even if I impact one life at a time it’s absolutely worth all the time and energy that we put into a film, and I’m so thankful to be chasing this dream and making movies.

Q: What else are you working on?
GW: 1. Wrapped principal photography this January on my Colorado Film School production 3 (senior thesis) Open Mic Night. An quirky drama about a bar’s last open mic night and all the characters that perform. It was filmed here in Denver at Pearl’s on 13th St. It will be premiering May 2018.

2. Finishing rewrites on a feature script titled – Calvin the Only

3. Recently started an Internship with InJoy Health Educations (InJoy Productions)

SM: I’m currently finishing my last semester at NYFA in Los Angeles and am knee deep in work here! Learning as much as I can and pouring my heart out into all my projects!

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
GW: ABOUT ME: I love Manatees, Hockey and all things grapefruit.

ABOUT MY WORK: All my scripts and short film productions tend to deal with odd couples that are searching for with the right way to be themselves.

SM: We scrapped two days of shooting on this film and headed in the original direction of what we wanted. So many people thought we were crazy, but ultimately we followed the integrity of the script and I am so proud of the result! I also wrote the film to be dedicated to my mom, as a small thank you for teaching me to be strong and to have faith.

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

Reel: https://youtu.be/-WIjEK3c6Mk

Twitter: Grant Worden / @grannn14

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/grantiworden/

SM: You can find me on Linkedin, I would love to connect with you! There you can see more of my work and eventually my updated reel and website.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
GW: I am humbled to show Losing Faith at the EFP. Only having attended twice before I find the atmosphere to be creatively intoxicating. Just being in the room is an honor due to the fact everyone loves and works hard to promote good film. Thank you again for all your hard work and dedication.

SM: It’s so wonderful to be back here! This is my third film being shown here, and I’m thankful for EFP for championing filmmakers in Colorado and creating an awesome opportunity to network and support one another. Keep rocking EFP! Hope to see you again soon!

Losing Faith will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, March 15th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Scott Homan, “XJW | Coming Out of the Jehovah’s Witness Religion” (teaser and pitch)

XJW | Coming Out of the Jehovah’s Witness Religion (teaser and pitch)www.xjwdoc.com

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
SH: I’m simply passionate about motion pictures and doing filmmaking. I’ve been working with cameras since I was 15 shooting stills, making skateboard & snowboard videos and short documentaries. I worked in broadcast TV and then went to college for photography. I’ve spent the last five years in Vietnam making music videos, short documentaries, extreme sports & promo videos and TV commercials as an all-around filmmaker, camera operator and editor. I’ve been directing more in the last few years.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
SH: You will see a 5 minute teaser for, XJW | Coming Out of the Jehovah’s Witness Religion. It’s an ongoing documentary series following interviewees of diverse backgrounds and cultures who’ve left the religion. Over 100,000 members leave the religion each year. This teaser was released at www.xjwdoc.com on March 1st 2018.

This week we are launching a crowd-fund campaign on Seed&Spark (SeedandSpark.com/fund/XJWdoc starting March 13th 7pm)
to fund more production. We have a killer soundtrack, subliminal message options, a credit blog and many more incentives on offer.

It’s taken two years of travel, interviews and editing to craft it into something unique that fits the original vision. We are telling compelling stories of strength and transformation of those who make the difficult decision to leave and pursue inspiring lives. With your contributions we hope to make it into something ongoing with wide public appeal.

We are in the middle of production. I’m filming with a ballet dancer this week for this XJW project. We plan to conduct at least 10 interviews and film with each person to capture their modern lives in the spring and summer of 2018. We hope to edit the first episode by the end of 2018. We are committed to release exclusive segments of the project as we create it and to deliver it to our audience via email. We’ve got a few videos in the queue. We’re releasing exclusively to those who sign up at www.xjwdoc.com. We may stream it on SeedandSpark.com if the campaign goes well.

Q: What else are you working on?
SH: I’ve got 15 other short docs, adventure sports shorts, narrative shorts and music videos that are out and hope to screen many of them at EFP over the next year. As an extension of, XJW | Coming Out, I’ve got some live multi-camera punk rock videos I’m working on for one of the interviewees I shot a couple weeks ago. I’ll release those soon for the band and pull from that content later for the doc. I’ll be doing some collaboration with Seventh Circle music venue’s film team to create high quality live music videos. The owner is a film school graduate who encourages film craft and all things DIY. He works with a 10 person volunteer film team to cover most live shows.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
SH: I like to do rapid filmmaking and rush documentaries. For example last summer I booked a screening for a feature length documentary at a rooftop music venue in Vietnam, REC ROOM. It was called, Year One REC, about 1 year of shows and art at that very music venue. They booked it and that’s when I started to edit the doc and do interviews with the owners and fans. It was a 1 week personal challenge complete with a lot of all-nighters. Some people came out to support it as a community project with archival footage, a bit of editing, coffee, beers, Vietnamese subtitles and good feedback. I was still exporting the film when people were showing up to watch it. It screened that night and a week later at another music venue. It has some quirks to it that I plan to tighten up but overall came out well.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
SH: I have multiple YouTube and Vimeo channels but the simplest way to view my best work is on my personal page, scott-homan.strikingly.com – Scroll to the bottom where the videos are embedded.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
SH: I was so impressed by how EFP regulars and participants are all so approachable and non-pretentious yet put on such a quality screening and Q&A. I’m excited to be screening my own work there.

XJW | Coming Out of the Jehovah’s Witness Religion (teaser and pitch) will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, March 15th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Eva MeiLing Pollitt, “Tenny”

Tennyhttps://www.seedandspark.com/fund/high#updates/15508

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
EP: I’ve been doing theatre ever since I was a little kid, and I studied it all through school and college. I moved to NYC in August of 2016, ready to pursue playwriting, acting, and directing for theatre – but I found myself working on film projects and getting more involved with the NYC film scene! I love films and have always wanted to make one… so I wrote one – the one that’s showing tonight – and we made it! I find filmmaking to be an electrifying medium in every part of the process and I’m thrilled to be discovering it.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
EP: My first film, Tenny! It has screened at an art gallery event my sister hosted in Denver, screened at a small festival in New York City, and has been presented at a couple online festivals. I’ll submit it to places when I stumble upon festivals fit for it, but for now, it’s available on Vimeo and it’s what I can show to gather support for future films 🙂

Q: What else are you working on?
EP So, I’m back in Colorado, my home state, to work on my next film! We are shooting the third week of March. It is a twenty-minute short, entitled High. Shot in Grand County, the film features two women characters: an unnerved young mother and a footloose ski bum, who unearth suppressed desires in a hazardous twist of encounters.

You can read more about the project here: https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/high#updates/15508

I also have a full-length play, Éléphant, that will be produced in the Planet Connections festival in NYC this summer. The play is about a 13-year-old growing up in a 19th-century Parisian Brothel who falls pregnant with, what she believes, is a baby elephant. The play explores themes of abuse, loneliness, and growing up – come on through if you’re there 😀

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
EP My film High will be the first play or film I’ve ever written that doesn’t end tragically.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
EP: Follow me on Instagram! Follow High on Instagram! Sign up to follow on High’s Seed & Spark page.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
EP: This is awesome, and I’m so thrilled to be interacting with the Colorado film community!

Tenny will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, March 15th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: William Elder E.F., “Behind the Smile Episode 2”

Behind the Smile Episode 2www.laughyoubastards.com

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
WE: I don’t why I “became” a filmmaker. I think it’s more of a compulsion than anything else, really. A sickness if you will.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
WE: You are going to see the Second episode of the web series Behind the Smile that I co-directed and edited for the Black Actors Guild. I don’t believe it has been screened in its entirety at any live event, but it’s been online for two years.

Q: What else are you working on?
WE: I have been hosting and co-producing Open Screen Night since 2014 and am currently helping with an anarchist comedy variety puppet show called No Gods No Masters and a comedy-ish local politics show called Dat-Mocracy Tho! with some very talented performers and personalities. I also make my own shorts when I find the time and inspiration.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
WE: I’m not sure what’s weird about my movies themselves; I’ll need you to tell me. Though the production of this particular series from which this episode is taken, was cursed with, and book-ended by, real life tragedy. I thought that was peculiar.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
WE: The website to my old sketch comedy series “Laugh, You Bastards!” (www.laughyoubastards.com) has a biography about me, I think. I don’t think it’s a real biography, but it’s fun to pretend. The whole series is up there, too. That show is how I learned how to make movies, so that’s a good start.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
WE: I like the name of this event. I like that now I have the title of “Emergent Filmmaker.” I will start adding “E.F.” to the end of my name.

Behind the Smile Episode 2 will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, March 15th at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Henry Cavalier, “Special Delivery”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
HC: My passion for filmmaking began in middle school where I would come up with random stories and tell them to my friends. Apparently they were entertaining because my friends were always asking for more! Near the end of middle school I was introduced to the greatest technological achievement in consumer videography at the time – the Mini DV camera, and I began to record random stories and scenes throughout high school and beyond. To make a long story short, I have always had a desire to tell stories and to make them entertaining. I believe that film is a great medium to visually tell a story and I am blessed that passion has stayed with me through the best and worst of times in my life.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
HC: You will be watching Special Delivery, which I consider to be the funniest, cringiest action short film ever shot in Denver. Not all projects filmmakers create come out as intended. Sometimes they turn out to be shit like Special Delivery and we decide to save ourselves from embarrassment and never let anybody see it. I have no future plans for Special Delivery. It’s a flop and not a good representation of my best work, but I hope that other filmmakers can watch it and learn from my mistakes as it’s a great lesson in the filmmaking process. It will live on my hard drive forever after the screening, unless I ever decide to teach at a film school, where it would likely be used as a case study in much of the core curriculum.

Q: What else are you working on?
HC: I am currently putting the finishing touches on a short film that I worked on with the late actress Stacy Farrar. Due to the tragedy of her and her son’s passing occurring after the first day of filming almost 7 months ago, production was instantly halted and it was until only recently that our close cast and crew came together to finish the film in her honor. We hope to screen the film in her and her son’s memory at a future EFP event.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
HC: My wife says I act a lot like a neurotic Woody Allen or Larry David, and… she’s right!

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
HC: For more information about me and to get in touch regarding production assistance/collaboration, email me at epicskymedia@gmail.com. For information specifically about film scoring, which is something I also specialize in, please visit www.epicharmony.com.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
HC: I would like to thank the EFP for giving little-known filmmakers like me a venue for showcasing their work and for supporting local, independent film. I wish I had heard about EFP over 10 years ago! If it weren’t for you, I not only would have had the opportunity to screen my film, but also to network with other like-minded people and see the wonderful talent that Colorado has to offer. Keep it up guys!

Special Delivery will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, December 21st at The Bug Theatre.

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Meet the Filmmaker: Thomas Crandall, “A Moment.”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
TC: I became a filmmaker because I really like how intimate and involved the process is. I could give the canned answer “I love telling stories”, but I don’t really know what that means for me. I like people, and I enjoy putting all of myself into sharing someone’s life perspective. Although it’s terrifying, I love having that final, tangible product at the end and sharing someone else’s story, and a part of myself, with others.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
TC: I made A Moment. in about 48 hours for a New Year’s Vimeo Weekend Challenge. The theme was New Year’s Resolutions, and so I made this short film about a girl I really liked, and how I made a choice (or didn’t) which I regretted and wanted to re-explore. It screened online and to my surprise, ended up winning the challenge. I’m so glad people connected with the story. The film also screened at Pikes Peak Art Council’s “Show Us Your Shorts” and at the Denver Animated Pixelshow earlier this year. I hope to continue sharing the film with audiences and may consider doing more, similarly personal stories like this as part of a future series.

Q: What else are you working on?
TC: I shot a feature my friend wrote/directed over the summer called JULY RISING, and will be shooting the rest of pickups before Christmas. I also edited the teaser and trailer, and will be editing its BTS featurette. The film is a coming of age story about a young girl on a farm in northern California. You can follow at https://www.facebook.com/julyrisingfilm/, and see some of our content we’ve release at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/july-rising-film-farming#/. I’m also developing an idea for a short documentary centering around the question, “Where do you want to be in 5 years?”, in which I plan on interviewing young children (elementary school age) and seniors to gain insight into how time and age may affect your dreams and ambitions.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
TC: I am VERY self conscious and was especially self conscious about this story, but being alone in my house, I only had my Mom to help me. So, I asked her to make sure my eyes were in focus, then leave me alone to record the interview. It was strange.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
TC: I am still in the process of building a website, so right now the best place to see my work is my vimeo page, vimeo.com/thomascrandall.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
TC: This will be the first time I screen with EFP, and I can’t wait to screen with other amazing, local filmmakers. Thanks for all your work. I can’t wait to share my film with the EFP audience, y’all are so supportive.

A Moment. will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, December 21st at The Bug Theatre.