Colorado Filmmakers In Attendance To Represent 7 Colorado Documentaries
In the spotlight at the 35th Annual Breckenridge Film Festival are Colorado filmmakers, some new to the arena and some veteran and Academy Award winning.
Thanks to the support of Ron Henderson and Marilyn Marsh St. Veltri of the Denver Film Society, and Meg Lass and Mary Rianoshek, founding members of the Breckenridge Film Festival, these acclaimed Colorado filmmakers will be in attendance at the 2015 festival to represent their films. They will also participate in a 3 p.m. forum moderated by Colorado Film Commissioner Donald Zuckerman about filmmaking in Colorado.
Academy Award winning director Daniel Junge will be in attendance on Sunday, Sept. 20, with his film,“Being Evel,” which closes out the festival. The film has toured the festival circuit, from Sundance to Telluride MountainFilm to the Dallas International Film Festival, and more. Junge’s feature length documentary comes after he won an Oscar in 2012 for Best Short Subject Documentary and was nominated for a 2010 Oscar in the same category.
On Friday, “Uncle John” takes the prime-time slot at 6 p.m. at the Speakeasy, featuring an appearance from starring actor John Ashton, known for his work in Beverly Hills Cop. Director Steven Piet has directed a variety of projects, including broadcast commercials, music videos and short films. “Uncle John” is his directing and screenwriting feature film debut.
At 9 p.m. at the Speakeasy, marijuana becomes the focal point with Mitch Dickman’s documentary, “Rolling Papers,” spotlighting the Denver Post’s unprecedented coverage of a groundbreaking new law legalizing marijuana. Based in Denver, Dickman founded Listen Productions, a production company dedicated to creating art that promotes communication and makes a positive impact in society. Dickman will be in attendance for“Rolling Papers” as well as for his film, “Hanna Ranch,” which screens Sunday at noon at Colorado Mountain College.
For those looking for a documentary on pop culture, visit Colorado Mountain College at 9 p.m. to visit with Alexandre Philippe and view his highly entertaining film, “Doc of the Dead.” Focused on zombies from the 1930s to the 1960s to today, Philippe examines the tough questions, such as “How to survive the zombie apocalypse when (not if) it comes?” If you didn’t get enough of Philippe’s sense of humor and examination, don’t miss the 6 p.m. showing at the Speakeasy of “The People vs. George Lucas,” a film that examines “Star Wars” fans lackluster view of George Lucas, who many believe betrayed his masterpiece when he delivered the prequels.
At 9 p.m. at the same location, Sean Jourdan accompanies his thriller drama “Teddy Boy,” in which a disarming stranger adopts the appearance of his hosts’ deceased son before saling with them on an unexpected trip. The loss of the boat coupled with the threat of a mountain lion attack forces the trio to find refuge as reawakened rivalries reach a fevered pitch. A debut film from Jourdan, it was shot entirely on locations in Colorado.
The celebration culminates on Sunday with the Colorado Filmmaking Forum moderated by Zuckerman.