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Friday, May 30, 2014

Eric Schlosser to attend Hanna Ranch screening at Ivywild

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2014 at 1:15 PM

HANNA RANCH FILM
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In this week's paper, Anna Palmer writes about the new documentary film coming to the Springs for the first time this weekend: Hanna Ranch.

Directed by Mitch Dickman, the lauded film follows the story of this Pikes Peak region ranch and its struggles with sustainable ranching, family feuding, and the reality of living downstream from an exploding Colorado Springs.

You can read about the film here, and then see it tomorrow at Ivywild School. Dickman, along with executive producer Karl Kister, director of photography Zachary Armstrong and members of the Hanna family will be in attendance, and answering questions following the film. Fellow executive producer Eric Schlosser will also be there.

Schlosser, as many well know, is the noted journalist and writer behind the books Fast Food Nation (in which he featured Kirk Hanna), Reefer Madness and Chew on This, as well as an executive producer and co-author of the Fast Food Nation film.

The initial screening, with the film crew, will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday;  tickets are $8. Ivywild will screen the film at least once a day through June 6. (Click here for more details.)
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Friday, January 17, 2014

Local filmmaker Sarah Lotfi to speak at U.N. event

Posted By on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Later this month, Sarah Lotfi, the extraordinarily gifted filmmaker from Colorado Springs, will speak in Geneva, Switzerland as part of the United Nations' World Intellectual Property Organization Open Innovation: Collaborative Projects and the Future of Knowledge conference.

Lotfi, along with her team, will present "Open Collaborations in Independent Film" at this conference, examining "the processes of collaboration open to independent filmmakers in technology, business models, and financing," according to the press release. Then she'll screen her most recent film, Menschen.
Lotfi on the set of Menschen. - ALEXIS EVELYN
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  • Lotfi on the set of Menschen.

Lotfi, who is 25, was approached after conference organizers watched the 2012 film, according to the release. Menschen follows a German company at the end of World War II that has taken in a boy with a developmental disability, played in real life by an actor with Down syndrome. Lotfi is the keynote speaker, but will be presenting with Anastasia Cummings, one of Menschen's producers and a successful woman in the filmmaking field, as well as Ben Sullivan, David Grauberger and Jeremiah Delasio, who work in the state film scene.

It's a tremendous honor for Lotfi, as WIPO is one of the U.N.'s 17 specialized agencies. Other speakers at the conference include architect Rem Koolhaas, film historian Kevin Brownlow and actress Iréne Jacob.

The conference runs Jan. 22-23, with Lotfi's presentation taking place the first day at 4 p.m. It's free and open to the public (register here), should you have the means to cross the pond.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

First Fridays go silent ... film, that is

Posted By on Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 5:52 PM

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  • Silent ... but deadly ...
Last week, Silent Film Fridays launched at the City Auditorium. The brand-new venture will bring a screening of a silent film with accompaniment by the Aud's Mighty Wurlitzer organ — exactly the way it used to be done.

The program kicked off with a Laurel and Hardy double-feature performance, screening Big Business and Their Purple Moment. Future films have not yet been announced, says Lara Holman Garritano of the Downtown Partnership, but they will be those of silent era stars like Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Lon Chaney, naturally. They'll occur every first Friday through next May, starting at 8 p.m. and running about an hour. A $5 donation will be collected, but those 17 and under are welcome for free.

Silent Film Fridays was organized by the Downtown Partnership with the city and the Pikes Peak Area Theater Organ Society), funded with monies from Colorado Creative Industries, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Boettcher Foundation as part of its Creative District programming. (Downtown was named a "prospective creative district" by CCI earlier this year.)

Read the press release below for more on the Mighty Wurlitzer and its reassembly in the Aud:

Silent Film Fridays launches Friday, December 6th at City Auditorium

New program pairs classic silent films with live “soundtrack” performed on historic Mighty Wurlitzer.
The film is silent. Not so, the Mighty Wurlitzer.

DOWNTOWN COLORADO SPRINGS – A new film series will launch Friday, December 6th at City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa Street at 8p.m. Screenings will continue monthly on the first Friday of each month through May 2014.

Experience silent films how they used to be done. Back in the day, the “pre-talkies” screened with live musical accompaniment. Huge pipe organs replicated orchestral music and movie sound effects, all against the whir of the film and projector reels. Silent Film Fridays presents a series of film classics with live music performed on downtown’s historic Mighty Wurlitzer by the Pikes Peak Area Theater Organ Society.

“Arts and culture play a central role in the health and vitality of Downtown Colorado Springs, and downtown has so many one-of-a-kind cultural experiences,” says Susan Edmondson, President and CEO for Downtown Partnership, continuing, “We’re thrilled to offer a chance to wonder at the magic of the silent film era in this way.”

Friday’s event presents a Laurel and Hardy double feature, with the holiday comedy Big Business (1929) and Their Purple Moment (1928). The movie “soundtrack” will be performed live by Las Vegas-based concert organist John Ledwon. Ledwon has performed nationally and internationally, and has served as President and Board Member for the American Theatre Organ Society. For the past 15 years, Ledwon has been an organist for Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.

Now housed in the City Auditorium, the “Mighty Wurlitzer” was originally installed in 1927 in the Burns Opera House. When the Opera House was slated for demolition in 1973, members of the Pikes Peak Area Theater Organ Society spent thousands of hours to save the organ. After carefully dismantling and removing the organ, members then rebuilt it for installation in the City Auditorium in 1979.

Silent Film Fridays is presented as a partnership between Downtown Colorado Springs, the City of Colorado Springs City Auditorium, and the Pikes Peak Area Theater Organ Society. Support comes in part from Colorado Creative Industries, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Boettcher Foundation as part of downtown’s Creative District programming.

This month’s screening is timed to coincide with First Friday Downtown, which features free gallery openings, artist receptions, and performances from 5 to 8 p.m. at more than 20 venues on the first Friday of the month. Admission to Silent Film Fridays is a suggested donation of $5, with free admission for those 17 and under. Beer, wine, and popcorn will be available for purchase at the hour long event.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Music and the Holocaust

Posted By on Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 1:10 PM


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"Music is God. In difficult times, you feel it especially."

This observation comes from Alice Herz-Sommer, the 110-year-old Holocaust survivor and pianist who's the subject of the documentary The Lady in Number 6. It's a sentiment many of us share, although the difficult times she went through are hard for most of us to even imagine.

Watching the short excerpt below, you'll be hard-pressed not to tear up repeatedly. You'll also find Herz-Sommer to be a truly inspiring woman, one whose devotion to music — she played all Chopin's etudes by memory while interned at the Theresienstadt concentration camp — is confirmed by her ability, even now, to sit down at the piano and play beautifully.

Four years ago, when I saw Gil Scott-Heron perform one of his last concerts, his health was failing and his between-song comments were barely discernible. But when he'd sit down at the keyboard, his playing was perfect, his baritone voice as clear as ever.

Perhaps more than any art form, music and its therapeutic qualities continue to intrigue scientists, even as its aesthetics entrance musicians and their listeners. We are lucky to have it.  



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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

More on Inocente, art and Oscar star, and the upcoming City We Love

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Inocente in her signature make-up.
  • Inocente in her signature make-up.
For most of her life, Inocente Izucar kept her possessions in garbage bags. Never unpacking meant that she, along with her mother and three brothers, could move at a moment’s notice.

From homeless shelter to homeless shelter, from sleeping in the park to sleeping on the floor in a schoolmate’s house, her family’s transience through San Diego should have snubbed out any aspiration of stability.

It should have discouraged creative output. It should have made her sensitive to the dark colors of the world. Should have. In the Academy Award-winning documentary Inocente, a film crew follows a then 15-year-old undocumented immigrant as she defies homelessness through her art. Each of her canvases brims with the optimism of bright colors, of playful brushstrokes and fantastic creatures.

Dream Centers of Colorado Springs will host a screening of the documentary as part of their City We Love fundraising event at the Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel, Friday,  Aug. 30.

Dream Centers, an extension of New Life Church, is a nonprofit established in 2011 dedicated to aiding uninsured mothers and their children. It recently developed Mary’s Home, a new one-year program centered on health and security that provides shelter in a three-story apartment building.

Matthew Ayers, Dream Center executive director and City We Love organizer, says the film ties seamlessly into the vision of his nonprofit.

“Every single main theme that is running through this film is in alignment with the Dream Centers mission — the dreaming, holding on to hope. And these things, these things often have the weight to carry us out of the difficult situations and circumstances we face,” Ayers says.

City We Love will consist of three main parts. First, a silent auction will showcase artwork and photography from more than 30 local artists. Second, attendees will be informed about Dream Centers’ work and future plans. Third, Inocente will be screened. Following the film, Inocente herself will take questions from the audience. She will also have signed prints for sale.
Filmmakers Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine with Inocente accepting their Oscars. - A.M.P.A.S.
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  • Filmmakers Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine with Inocente accepting their Oscars.

Now 19, Inocente no longer keeps her belongings in garbage bags. Her clothes are hung up in her closet, shoes are lined up beside her door, and her paintings line the walls of her San Diego-area apartment. With the income she generates from selling paintings and prints, she is able to support herself.

Kathryn Stephens, director of development for A Reason To Survive (ARTS)  — the organization that discovered Inocente at 13 — says that ever since the Oscar win, Inocente has blossomed.

“She has become a wonderful speaker. She knows that she gives hope to a lot of people, and she reminds us of ways to cope in a healthy, productive way.”

You can find tickets for City We Love here, or watch all of Inocente, for free, here.




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Monday, June 17, 2013

UPDATE: Visiting CC professor wins Emmy for WordGirl

Posted By on Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 2:42 PM

And it's Eric Shaw for the win!

At last night's 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Shaw and colleagues Tom Martin, Jack Ferraiolo, Jayne Hamil and Ryan Raddatz walked away with the award for Outstanding Writing in Animation for WordGirl.

A big congrats to them all.

——- ORIGINAL POST: WEDNESDAY., MAY 8, 4:50 P.M. ——-

Earlier this week, Colorado College announced that visiting film studies professor Eric Shaw has been nominated for an "Outstanding Writing in Animation" Emmy Award.

Shaw is currently the lead writer on PBS Kids' WordGirl, and has previously written for SpongeBob SquarePants and several other children's shows.

From CC's release, here are more details:

Eric Shaw

... Shaw, a resident of Colorado Springs, taught Beginning Screenwriting during Block 4 last year. He enjoys teaching new writers because “it's what we can offer to other writers: read their work, critique them, and give a great set of notes. It’s an obligation that, all too often, isn't fulfilled,” he says. Shaw also has ... guest lectured at universities around the world, from UCLA to the New York Institute of Technology to the United Kingdom.

The nomination “really means a lot to me because I feel a special connection to the series, the people I worked with, and to where we produced the show: Watertown, Massachusetts,” he said.

“WordGirl” is a children’s animated television series for children ages 6 to 11, designed to teach about the expansive English language and its vocabulary. Produced by Soup2Nuts, the animation unit of Scholastic Entertainment for PBS Kids, the show began as a series of shorts and was spun off into a 30-minute episodic series in September 2007.

“WordGirl, ” which also is nominated for “Outstanding Children’s Animated Program,” is up against Nickelodeon series such as “Penguins of Madagascar,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “Robot and Monster,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” The 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be presented on June 16.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Frack war tonight in Boulder

Posted By on Wed, May 22, 2013 at 3:41 PM

FrackNation Gasland

If for some reason you can't make (or wait for) tomorrow night's screening of Gasland Part II at UCCS, you could always leave for Boulder. Like, now-ish.

The town's hosting Fracking Documentary Wars, this evening at 6:30, at both the Boulder Marriott and UC Boulder campus. FrackNation will screen at one venue, preceding a Q&A with filmmaker Phelim McAleer. And Gasland Part II will screen at the other at the same time, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Josh Fox.

Now, it seems to me that the town missed a rare chance to have the filmmakers actually debate in person, rather than split audiences who either see one or the other. Most ideal, were time not a factor, would have perhaps been a back-to-back screening followed by a short debate, then dual Q&A session.

But hey, I'm no event planner and who knows if they guys would have agreed.

Anyway, from a brief press release, here's a little more info on how it all apparently came together:

McAleer said he was invited to screen his film after local groups learned Gasland 2 was going to be screened. Fox's previous film, the first Gasland, has been heavily criticized with claims that he misrepresented and exaggerated the risks of fracking. Fox has been accused of spreading alarmism and scare stories.

McAleer said the local Boulder groups who invited him were concerned that there should be an alternative point of view in town on the night Gasland 2 was being screened.

"Affordable, safe, and abundant energy is an issue that affects the lives of women daily," said Debbie Brown, Director of Colorado Women's Alliance. "We're proud to offer the community a chance to see FrackNation, a bold, well-researched documentary that addresses the scare tactics frequently used in today's energy debate."

McAleer said he was delighted to bring FrackNation to Boulder.

"I think FrackNation's journalism stands up against the scare stories of Gasland 2," said McAleer. "Now the people of Boulder will be able to make up their own minds."

FrackNation, which debunks many of the major scares of the anti-fracking movement, has been praised by the New York Times as "meticulously researched" and "provocative"

According to Variety-the showbusiness bible- FrackNation "makes a good case against [Gasland]" and "debunks the famous Gasland scene of a fracking 'victim' setting his tap water on fire."

FrackNation was funded through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter with 3,305 backers donating $212,265. Gasland 2 received corporate funding from HBO, the cable TV channel.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Learn the art of documentary style with PBS filmmaker at FAC

Posted By on Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 2:21 PM

You might recall the name Tom Shepard from J. Adrian Stanley's feature on Scout's Honor this past February.

The Colorado Springs native turned successful San Francisco-based documentary filmmaker has earned Sundance Film Festival awards for his works that screened nationally on PBS.

Films like The Grove, Knocking and Whiz Kids.

Beginning May 1, and running six Wednesdays, 6 to 9 p.m., through June 15, Shepard will return to the Springs to teach "Introduction to Documentary Film" at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's Bemis School of Art.

The class will cost $254 ($239 members) and here's its synopsis:

This six-week seminar taught by the Sundance Award-Winning PBS filmmaker Tom Shepard introduces students to the history of and current trends in documentary as well as all stages of documentary filmmaking: from conceiving and shaping ideas, pitching and story treatment, production and post-production, and distribution and outreach, including lectures on the business and fundraising of documentaries. In addition to a weekly one-hour lecture, we will screen and discuss one new documentary film each week, highlighting specific techniques and approaches used by different filmmakers. Discussion will focus on questions of narrative strategies, access, ethics and filmmaker/subject rapport. Finally, students can, by appointment, schedule a private consultation with the instructor to discuss their own ideas for making a documentary, advice in creating a strong film treatment and proposal and concrete tips for further development and funding of their projects.

"I'm glad to be bringing this program to Colorado Springs as I think there is a renewed interest in documentary filmmaking these days," Shepard wrote in an email.

"I'm hoping if this is a successful venture, I could make it a regular feature of my visits back to Colorado Springs every Summer. And perhaps it could eventually lead to a larger class/workshop and perhaps even a regular documentary screening series or festival."

Tom Shepard
  • The award-winning filmmaker in Scotland.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The latest local film that wants your money

Posted By on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 9:46 AM

"This movie is literally where paranormal thrillers meet stoner comedies."

And should the Kickstarter campaign lock down a requested $200,000, the filmmakers plan to shoot the majority of Out There... between Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Woodland Park.

Here's the pitch video if you care for the visual overview first:

As writer/director Bonné Bartron explains in that pitch, she's got some respectable Hollywood names on board for both sides of the camera, and she claims it has already been slated for international distribution.

The Kickstarter page elaborates that the project had already been funded by two previous producers, "but we've hit a couple of bumps along the way." One of those being a desire by those producers to shoot the film in California instead of Colorado, which was a deal-breaker for Bartron.

Anyway, by now, perhaps via our earlier foray into crowdfunding wins and woes, you're familiar with this whole Kickstarter saga for hopeful filmmakers.

If you find Out There... worthy of a few of your dollars — be it for your affinity for the lore of area cattle mutilations, UFO stories or simply stoner culture or a desire to see more Colorado-based filmmaking — then send some monetary love its way.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Road kill

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:39 AM

In this week's Indy, you'll find this brutal criticism of the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's nationally cherished On the Road.

The review, by MaryAnn Johanson, doesn't stray far from that of many other critics, considering the film ranks in the 40s among by critics and audiences on Rotten Tomatoes.

Recently, I heard from one other person greatly dissatisfied with the bludgeoning of the American classic: Trinidad-based film scout Joe Tarabino, who has created the website On (and off) the Road (again).

Tarabino had worked on pre-production scouting efforts for this film several years ago, as this background explains, and he certainly had a vision for a film more faithful to the original text(s).

If you're a big Kerouac fan and care to read the review offered on Tarabino's site, click this document: slow_boat_to_china_.pdf

Otherwise, spend some time on his site for much more beating around the Beats.

On the Road
  • Not too many people are saying the film doesn't look nice. The grievances more so address the sad storyline.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Greedy Lying Bastards features Waldo Canyon Fire victims

Posted By on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 11:11 AM

A film title can't get much more explicit and damning: Greedy Lying Bastards.

It's clear upfront that environmental activist and executive producer Daryl Hannah isn't out to play nice in her documentary exposé on "the efforts of Big Oil to undermine the scientific consensus on global warming."

Take a look at the trailer here:

Perhaps you think you already know or can guess the storyline. But before you write it off as just another An Inconvenient Truth seeking to sway you with disaster photos paired with filthy-rich white guys protecting their business interests, consider one localized reason to give the doc a chance.

And that reason would be the featuring of three families affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire.

If you know any fire victims personally, you'll likely be able to spot their names on this cast list:
GLB-CreditsandCastListing.pdf

Otherwise, head to Tinseltown the week of March 8 to 14 (and possibly the following week or two, depending on ticket sales and demand) to meet and hear your fellow citizens' stories on the big screen.

Showings are at: 11 a.m., 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8 and 10:20.

For more on the film, you can view a full synopsis here:
GLB-Synopsis.pdf

Greedy Lying Bastards
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Kimball's set to digitize

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 5:14 PM

$50,000.

That's how much Kimball Bayles and crew say they've saved by patiently picking their right moment to move from 35 mm film to digital projection at Kimball's Peak Three.

As we reported back in November, theaters nationwide have been under pressure to "convert or die" in the face of a rapidly transitioning industry.

Theater manager Matt Stevens says that the theater will close from next Monday, March 11 through Wednesday, March 13, and barring any unforeseen delays, reopen on Thursday for regular business.

Kimballs Peak Three
  • Matt Stevens (left) and Kimball Bayles will soon be smiling over some fresh new equipment.

The film Stoker, tentatively set to open at Kimball's on Friday, March 22, will be the first new release at the theater in digital.

Regarding that significant savings of money by waiting, Stevens says that many theaters had aimed to convert by the turn of 2013, which kept projector prices steady into late fall and early winter. But after the new year, after many theaters' conversion, prices fell significantly.

As of last November, Bayles had estimated that the conversion could cost him upward of $200,000 for three new screens and a new sound system. But by holding tight, his final bill should come in closer to $150,000.

Recently, the theater has been struggling to get timely 35 mm prints if any were available at all from certain distribution companies.

The move to digital — which is actually small, many-terabyte hard drives shipped via snail mail just like the former 35 mm film prints — should give Kimball's a greater access to films and Stevens projects (no pun intended) that they will screen more films in the future closer to actual release dates (versus waiting for prints to become available after screening in larger markets).

As our former article noted, there is no immediate return on investment for Kimball's and other small theaters (they won't necessarily sell more seats), but patrons should enjoy the improved picture and sound quality and greater film selection.

Stevens does note that some labor cost will be saved as staff will no longer have to assemble the 35 mm prints, freeing up manpower for other tasks. The new files will take roughly half a day to upload to the house system, for those interested in how it all works.

And on that note, if you want to keep an eye on the actual tear-down and build up, Stevens says he'll be posting photo updates on Kimball's Facebook page.

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UPDATE: Help bring Girl Rising to Carmike 10

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Girl Rising has tipped, meaning it will screen on Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Carmike 10.

As of this update, some 167 seats have been sold and only 33 remain available.

Now would be a good time to snag one of the open seats, as the organizers are confident the showing will sell out.

—— ORIGINAL POST, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 7:45 P.M. ——

Wanted: 83 more people (as of this posting time) to "tip" the potential Gathr screening for Girl Rising, Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Carmike 10.

As per Gathr's format, the film will only screen with 100 commitments from audience members.

So, why should you care to go?

Let's let the trailer speak to that question first:

And from further 10x10 info on the film:

From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising is an innovative feature film that spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. Journeying around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit, Girl Rising demonstrates the power of education to change a girl — and the world.
Each girl’s story is written by a renowned writer from her native country: Marie Arana, Edwidge Danticat, Mona Eltahawy, Aminatta Forna, Zarghuna Kargar, Maaza Mengiste, Sooni Taraporevala, Manjushree Thapa, and Loung Ung.
These stories are narrated by celebrated actresses: Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloë Moretz, Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington. Girl Rising also features Freida Pinto and Liam Neeson, as well as original music from Academy Award-winner Rachel Portman and Lorne Balfe.
Girl Rising previewed at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, during an event hosted by strategic partner, Intel, with special guests Freida Pinto and Edwidge Danticat. The film makes its theatrical debut on March 7, 2013 — the eve of International Women’s Day.
Girl Rising will be distributed traditionally in New York and Los Angeles, and on demand in hundreds of cities across the country.

Lastly, as if you needed more, the film has one connection to Colorado Springs via 10x10 staffer Justin Reeves:

Justin Reeves 10x10

Reeves' sister Jessica, also a Springs resident, is organizing this event attempt. She notes that Justin "has been working on this film with 10x10 in New York City and has done a TED talk in Brazil in order to bring awareness to the issue of girls education throughout the world."

Jessica also notes that "a portion of Girl Rising ticket sales will help fund programs for girls, so seeing the film literally makes an impact on girls’ lives."

Girl Rising

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Friday, January 25, 2013

A Nickel and a Nail: Hobo Two-Point-Oh

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Update, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 10:30 a.m.: If there's a lesson to be learned here, it's "dream small." Unlike its predecessor, Adam Leech's second Kickstarter campaign to fund A Nickel and a Nail: The Original Hobo Nickel Story met its $5,000 goal in just over two days.

On this go-round, Leech set his sights much lower than the $38,013 he tried to raise through the crowdfunding website in 2011. But as he pointed out in a Facebook post this morning, that doesn't mean he won't find good use for more in the 24 fundraising days remaining:

"Thank you, thank you, thank you... We are really chugging away at our second goal of $10,000... still less then the catering carts on most movie productions, but we need YOUR HELP!!! Please pledge today!"

With 72 backers and $6,120 as of this morning, professional editing services for the documentary are fully funded. Next up:

$1500-$3000 Physical Production Costs- DVD's and Backer Rewards

$500-$1000- Advertising, Web Development, and Promotions

$500-$1000- Film Festival Application Fees

Budding patrons of the numismatic and indie-cinematic arts can find more information on the project here.

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hobo nickel

You’ve got to relish the irony when your documentary film about a small, relatively unknown art subculture whose product fetches five-figure prices at auction fails to raise the cash to pay for post-production.

Then, apparently, you've got to try again.

Local business owner, coin artist and former Indy columnist Adam Leech’s documentary A Nickel and a Nail: The Original Hobo Nickel Story got its start in 2010, but jumped the rails in 2011, coming in at $22,877 under budget — which, on Kickstarter, means you’ll never see a dime (or a film about defaced nickels).

The real kicker, says Leech, is that the exposure his film promises to bring to the creators and collectors of hobo nickels would send their already heady asking prices through the roof.

“It’s probably cheaper to get addicted to heroin,” notes one collector in the film trailer, which premiered Jan. 12 thanks to the pro bono editing services of Denver cineaste Nick Walker.

Yesterday, Leech launched his second gamble on Kickstarter, hoping the polished appeal of the trailer will entice the film’s subjects to put off buying this month's snowball and supply the comparatively modest $5,000 he needs to pay Walker to finish the job.

“$13,038.05 would be rather fantastic,” Leech notes on the donation site, “but the $5,000 is the bare minimum needed to get the job done.”

Meanwhile, the film’s soundtrack is well on its way to glory, with the call for submissions (still open, by the way) eliciting responses from national acts like Kimya Dawson, Mini Mansions and Nathen Maxwell and the Original Bunny Gang as well as a bevy of local favorites. You’ll hear the Haunted Windchimes in the trailer, and the Flumps, El Toro de la Muerte and Broken Spoke are all on board for the film itself.

The Kickstarter campaign ends Feb. 23. If donors meet the $5,000 goal, they'll see the premiere of A Nickel and a Nail by late summer.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Hardcosts of filmmaking

Posted By on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 1:24 PM

The crowdfunding continues on the local film front.

While Creep! prepares to raise a little more post-production money via this Friday's Hootenanny for the Arts, a new short project seeks "initial funding to secure talent, locations and equipment."

The film's called Hardcosts, and you can view its clever Indiegogo pitch here:

You can also track the film's progress via Twitter and Facebook.

As the video pitch mentioned, filmmaker Aaron Hartshorn will be working with many of the same folks who assisted on Creep!, including Pete Schuermann, who'll offer project supervision.

The film will also be shot on Schuermann's same Scarlett RED camera.

For this initial round of fundraising, it's only seeking $1,500, with another more formal round coming sometime around March, says Hartshorn.

Here's the quick summary, current budget explanation and some poster art:

Hardcosts is a dark comedy about Dustin. Dustin is a timid young man who just found the love of his life. The only problem is her psychopath of a father. Struggling with this, Dustin has to ask him how far he really will go for love ...

In order to get this film off the ground we need initial funding to secure talent, locations and equipment. Every penny raised from this first fundraiser will go towards these costs. And any left over funds will go straight to other costs of the film (wardrobe, food and transportation costs).

If you contribute to the film, you will be able to be apart of the rapidly growing film community in Colorado springs. Any contribution you make will truly have a huge impact — for this is only the first of many projects. That said, it's so important that this project succeeds for that reason.

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