You are invited to CINEMA DAY 2017 at the Colorado Capitol on Wednesday, March 22nd. The Governor has declared March 22nd as “CINEMA Day” in an effort to promote and recognize the positive impacts that the film, television and gaming communities have had on the state’s economy. We will begin the day with a Legislative Update from our lobbyist, Melissa Kuipers Blake, from Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. After that, you will visit with members of the House and Senate to give a personal “thank you” for their support of our industry and to talk with them about the work you do. A detailed agenda is below. Please RSVP to Info@coloradofilm.org with your name and City of residence so we can have our lobby team identify your state legislators.
8:30 – Arrive at the Colorado Capitol (200 E. Colfax, Denver) and come to Room 0112 in the basement. Donuts and coffee provided!
8:35 – 8:45 – Welcome from Sen. Nancy Todd (D-Aurora)
8:45 – 9:00 – Legislative update from Melissa Kuipers Blake
9:15 – 10:30 – Lobby members of the House and Senate to support film industry.
Colorado has hosted numerous feature films throughout 2016, keeping many of our local crew and cast members extremely busy. Filmmakers are cashing in on Colorado’s 20% incentives rebate program, along with all the production value that comes with filming in beautiful Colorado. The positive increase in feature film production is a great sign that more large-scale projects will continue to film here, and utilize all that Colorado has to offer!
Below are a few feature films that were made in Colorado this year.
OUR SOULS AT NIGHT
Based upon the novel by Kent Haruf, “Our Souls at Night” stars Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. When a widow and a widower sneak off to one another’s houses in the middle of the night, their company gradually becomes romantic.
Among many other Colorado locations, the city of Florence enticed director Ritesh Batra with its small-town charm. The film is also being shot in Colorado Springs, Canon City, Denver, and Eleven Mile State Park in Lake George. The movie is anticipated to spend more than 17 million dollars in Colorado. Filming began in mid-September and is expected to go through early October.
Directed by Matt Allen, Hoax weaves the strange tale about a team of investigators, including a television producor and a primate specialist who go on a camping trip that goes horribly wrong. Soon they must fight for their own survival and cope with the possibility that Bigfoot is a reality.
Filming took place in Lake City, Colorado, and promises to highlight the dangerous and strange setting of this unique tale. Filming began in early August and wrapped in early September.
When a basketball video of 13 year old Terron Forte goes viral, his regular, run of the mill life becomes instantaneously famous. Terron soon discovers that the world of youth basketball is not as glamorous as it appears. Vying recruiters and the promise of millions of dollars and fame compete for his attention. Terron tries to balance his love for the game and care for his family on this difficult journey.
The journey of this teenager is written and directed by Ryan Koo and was filmed in Denver and Regis Univeristy. Though it is expected to have a limited release in theaters, its primary distribution will be through Netflix.
To find out more about “Amateur”, please visit their website.
Some other films that were made in 2016 include a low-budget dark comedy about the music industry called “Stadium Anthems”, and the horror movie “Gnaw” which follows the story of a small town girl going to the big city only to discover that something is eating her alive.
Okay, so you have a short film that you have made. Congratulations! This is a huge step you have taken. You are either incredibly excited or completely exhausted. Probably a little of both! So what do you do now? You have a film that you are incredibly proud of, and you want to get it out there to be seen by your peers as well as by industry people. Hopefully this will lead to more work. I have four films that have gone to film festivals, so let me tell you how I did it. Maybe you can get an idea of the process.
1. What Festival Do I Submit To? I think that this is where most young filmmakers make their first mistake. They submit their films to Sundance, and Toronto and Cannes and Berlin – all of the major festivals. Now this is great, but odds are that this will be a waste of money. First, you need to determine your audience. Is your film a horror film? Is it a film made for women by women? Is it a family drama? Is it a documentary? I only ask you this because it is a waste of your entrance fee if you submit a family drama to a horror festival and vice-versa. Once you get a firm idea of your audience, then you will have narrowed your niche of festivals for submission.
2. What Platform Do I Use? – There are two widely used submission platforms that you can use. I started out using Withoutabox.com for my submissions, but then moved to Film Freeway. Here are several of the main differences:
A. Fees are cheaper. WAB has 3-4 fees to use their submission platform and Film Freeway has only one. B. Film Freeway allows you to submit a link with your submission. This is vital because your film should be seen in high quality mode, and WAB has a very poor system in which to view your film. Unless you make a copy and send it through the mail. C. WAB has more places to submit to, but Film Freeway is improving daily. D. If you are a student, there are many festivals on Film Freeway that allow you to submit for free. E. Film Freeway allows you to search by genre. My latest film is a horror film. I found over 100 festivals that were specific to horror. I then was able to submit specifically to them, which upped my odds of success.
3. Time Moves Slowly Here – This can be very nerve-wracking if you are in a hurry for some response. You must be patient! I submitted my film to 92 film festivals back in July 2015, and about 30% still have not responded. This is probably due to the fact that the festivals themselves are still out in the future. What I’m trying to say here is this: Stay calm and be patient.
4. Do I Attend? – This is a very individual question that only you can answer. Do you have the finances to travel to the festival? If you do, that’s great. Choose your festivals wisely. Go to festivals where there will be industry people attending and other filmmakers. This is a time to meet as many of your peers as possible. Make it count.
In conclusion, getting into a film festival is very exciting. It shows that someone has actually enjoyed your film and wants to share it with others in their festival. This is a good thing. Be happy and be grateful. There are literally thousands of submissions every year to every festival. You got your foot in the door, congratulations! Try and make the most of it.
About The Author:
John Montana is an actor living with his wife in L.A. and has begun to make short films. His most recent film, “Hungry” has been accepted into 24 film festivals all over the world. Check out his short film – HUNGRY at No Title Production Films.
Despite varying reviews, “The Hateful Eight”, seems to be a winner for die-hard Tarantino fans grossing $1.9 million when it opened on Christmas day. Filmed in our very own Colorado, “The Hateful Eight” (aptly titled) is Tarantino’s eighth feature film.
“The Hateful Eight” is shot on wide screen 70 mm Panavision, which critics and moviegoers agree is visually incredible. You can only find this special version at select movie theaters. The film runs 187 minutes long with a ten-minute intermission. Although some critics have found this to be too long and in need of editing, others still appreciate Tarantino’s gift for storytelling.
Kurt Russell stars as a bounty hunter nicknamed “The Hangman” who is transporting Daisy Domergue, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, to Red Rock, where she will be hanged for her crimes. Along his journey he picks up Major Marguis Warren, played by Samuel Jackson, who is also a bounty hunter. Yet as a blizzard approaches, the group is forced to seek refuge at a small juncture where they soon encounter the other members of “The Hateful Eight”, two of which are played by Tarantino favorites Tim Roth and Michael Madsen.
Reviewers respect the film for various reasons. A.O. Scott of the New York Times says, “The Hateful Eight” is- what’s the term I’m looking for? A Quentin Tarantino film.” He delights in how it incorporates a “cast of familiar faces” and builds on a “fantasy world of film genres.” In this case, Tarantino tries his hand at the spaghetti western, of which he’s been known to be a long time fan. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun Times says “The Hateful Eight” is one of the best movies of 2015 and that it’s an “exhilarating movie going experience, filled with wickedly dark humor, nomination-worthy performances, and a jigsaw plot that keeps us guessing until the bloody, brilliant end.” The majority of critics seem to agree that the film’s performances are outstanding.
In the end, “The Hateful Eight” provides viewers with many reasons to see it on the big screen. And if the reasons above aren’t quite enough, perhaps it is worth seeing only because you take pride in knowing that those “glorious, snow capped visuals” (Stephanie Zacharek, Time Magazine) in the film were shot here, in our very own Colorado.
“Cop Car” is a terrific, low budget film that none-the-less delivers high impact.
“Cop Car” features two young teens (played by James Freedson Jackson and Hays Wellford) who run away from home at the beginning of the film. As they cross a long field and reach the woods, they encounter an abandoned car- and to their extreme delight- a cop car- with keys included. The two decide to take the car for a spin on their runaway journey, overjoyed with their good fortune.
Little do they know that this car is owned by Sheriff Kretzer, played by Kevin Bacon, which contains prized possessions in the trunk. After taking a short snooze in the woods only to wake up and find his car has vanished, Bacon spends the remainder of the film trying to track down the car and the cargo within.
The film, directed by Jon Watts, is shot on wide Colorado roads and fields, and the sparse land echoes the sparse dialogue in the film. But “Cop Car” is anything but an empty movie. Bacon carries the film, playing a Sheriff who is confusing for the viewer, at times part good, part evil, and certainly desperate. In Hitchcock style, viewers will find themselves sometimes rooting for Sheriff Kretzer, hoping he tracks down the elusive car. The young boys also do a fine job in the film, portraying two teens who begin a voyage light as air, without a worry in sight, to two young men who are very quickly faced with very adult challenges and issues.
Understated and gripping, “Cop Car” is a must-see Colorado film. Released in 2015, “Cop Car” is now available for rental.
We are pleased to announce the launch of the new FILM IN COLORADO website. Our site offers dozens of new features that are user-friendly and interactive. Members can now update and control their own profiles with ease. Changing and editing profile pictures, spicing up resumes, or adding contact information are now just a few clicks away! In addition, we have added many new crew and service categories to our guide, including entry-level categories, in order to meet the growing needs of the Colorado film community.
Other user-friendly features we think you’ll benefit from include an easy to use search bar, so you can locate whatever you may be looking for quickly. We have also provided automated listing renewals, so you no longer need to remember to renew each year!
Please feel free to explore, navigate, and spend some time enjoying the sleek new design and user-friendly interface that FILM IN COLORADO has to offer you!
Excitement has been building in Telluride as director Quentin Tarantino began filming his newest endeavor, “The Hateful Eight”, in December. The 8th feature film by Tarantino follows the story of several bounty hunters who are trying to survive during a terrible blizzard in 1870’s post Civil War Wyoming. The cast of “The Hateful Eight” includes Tarantino go to favorites Samuel Jackson (“Pulp Fiction”) Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs) as well as Kurt Russell, Channing Tatum, Tim Roth and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Tarantino chose Telluride after falling in love with the Schmid Ranch, located 10 miles west of Telluride on the Wilson Mesa. In addition, the constant snowy landscape provided by Telluride was precisely what Tarantino was looking for when scouting out locations for his film. The entirety of the movie will be shot in Telluride, including both interiors and exteriors, and is anticipated to take 49 days to film.
Another enticement that no doubt lured the director to come to Colorado was the 5 million dollar incentive package along with the 20% cash rebate program. “The Hateful Eight” is projected to have a 44 million dollar budget, and 15.7 million of that is designated for Colorado. In addition, 9.35 million dollars is estimated to be spent on other expenses in Telluride, such as lodging and food, which will definitely provide a huge boost to the Telluride economy. Additionally, the production is expected to hire 168 Colorado crew members, and our Colorado crew members are armed and ready for the task. Samuel Jackson summed it up with a tweet on December 10th “And it begins.”
We are looking for students currently majoring in film studies. We help raise money to cover costs of student film projects. For more information, please email me. Include the school you are attending and approximate amount you would like to raise or need for your current or upcoming film/video projects.
July 9, 2012 – Disney’s production of ‘The Lone Ranger’, starring Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as the Lone Ranger, has finished up a 3 week stretch of filming near the small town of Creede, Colorado. The film has generated plenty of buzz in Colorado and has reportedly spent 7 million dollars near Creede after 11 weeks of set construction and 3 weeks of filming. Security was boosted, discouraging curiosity seekers around the canyons surrounding Creede. There were intermittent road closures throughout the week lasting about 20 minutes outside of town on Highway 149.
The blockbuster movie is being produced by heavy hitting producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbiniski (Pirates of the Carribbean). The film, which began production on February 28th in New Mexico with an estimated crew of 400, was originally scheduled to be shot in 120 days. The production has fallen behind schedule, and sources now estimate that the film will cost an upwards of 250 million to complete rather than the initial budget of 210 million.
There have been several factors that have put ‘The Lone Ranger’ behind schedule and budget. Severe wind and weather has caused some damage to parts of their elaborate sets. Another reason for the setback is the director’s insistence that certain elements be accurately portrayed for the time period of the film. One instance is Verbinski wanting the locomotives to be constructed from the ground up rather than remodeling existing trains.
Despite budget setbacks and other hurdles, Verbinski’s version of ‘The Lone Ranger’ is expected to revitalize the American western genre across the globe. Another star who is jumping on board is Jack White of The White Stripes, who plans to compose the musical score for the movie. With a star filled cast and crew, paired along with some beautiful locations, ‘The Lone Ranger’ is sure to draw herds to the theaters on opening day – July 3rd, 2013.