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Aberrant is the story of Samuel, a distraught father, who, after the suicide of his daughter, finds himself visited by a demon that whispers dark thoughts into his ear and ultimately encourages him to take his life. It is a story borne from the struggles faced by all those who must battle suicidal ideation wherein the villain is mental illness personified.
The Last Bill, a Senator’s Story, following Newell’s suicide prevention bill through the legislative process, is being primed for distribution. In production, The Executive Branch (working title) peeks into the state executive functions through the lenses of the Governor and Lt. Governor. It’s time we take the government to the people and meet them where they are.
Laundry Day — Lottery cards, a cat named Carl, and a whole lot of laundry. This film takes the audience on a journey of acceptance with an unlikely hero who doesn’t seem to care much about anyone or anything – until a chance meeting with a woman at a coffee shop reveals a hidden link that could change his life forever.
THE GRENADA INVASION (working title) is a feature-length documentary by filmmakers Daniel Junge and Greg Campbell about the only direct military action of Ronald Reagan’s presidency and the only overt U.S. engagement during the Cold War — the 1983 invasion of the Caribbean island of Grenada.
Help Wanted is a short film tackling the themes of retirement, ageism, and the changing world for our aging population. This project intends to use the visual medium of film to engage the audiences to reflect on their own retirement situations.
THE NEXT ACT — Set against the controversy around transgender representations in media, four transgender artists explore authenticity in stage and screen through their own diverse experiences and viewpoints.
Maryville — The film will showcase various positive impacts that a once dormitory-style support system had on a small sample of children who were residents of Maryville during the 1950’s and 1960’s. As adults, these Maryville alumni will reflect on the “family” they build within the orphanage, as well as highlight a remarkable career of service by former director of the orphanage, Father John Smyth.
The Raining Season — Told through the experiences of an American mother who operates an orphanage in postwar Sierra Leone, the short documentary film sheds light on how a government was riven with corruption allows its most vulnerable citizens — orphaned children — to be used as pawns by crooked officials, illegal adoption agencies, and human traffickers.
Captivity follows Alex and Holley, a married couple who met when Alex, a pet store owner, sold Holley, her beloved cockatoo. Owing to chilling childhood trauma, career-oriented Holley feels inadequate to the role of caregiver. She and Alex have no children, but when her cockatoo begins to show signs of illness, she feels like a failed mother.
Schlitzie: One of Us is a love letter to the 4-foot-tall performer, who was born with microcephaly and made his most notable cultural impact via the 1932 classic Freaks. The doc examines how he touched the hearts of many people and made an impact on pop culture while imparting a hopeful message.
The Heels Have Eyes — A Dragumentary is an intimate look behind the makeup of one of the most fascinating subcultures to captivate popular culture: drag performance. Through the lives of the “Diva Dozen”, you’ll meet the men (and women) who have chosen drag as their art and just what it takes to bring a new persona to life.
Pain Brain — Alan Gordon, a therapist from Los Angeles, claims to be able to cure chronic back pain — a 600 billion dollar thorn in the paw of US healthcare. He and his team have been treating patients under the radar for years.
Walden: Life in the Woods is a radical, western reimagining of Henry David Thoreau’s classic, interlacing three stories about the trappings of 21st-century life and a few unlikely transcendentalists who dream dangerously of escape. This cracked haiku of a film has something unique to say about our irreducible and irreconcilable moment in time.
Red Earth Rising — The US Government called it Indian Territory. Those who survived the Removals called it a POW Camp. The Choctaw called it Oklahumma — meaning “Red People.” A settler’s granddaughter explores her past through new teachers — the very people whose land was taken by her ancestors. As her story gives way to theirs, we learn that the fight for Native land rights is the fight for our planet and all of its people.
Remembering Us explores how families cope with this long-term illness and the stigma associated with it. It’s an emotional journey of overcoming biases against the illness, plus the patient’s preconceptions toward using marijuana to treat his illness: a recognized medical option with its own set of stigmas.
Lucy with the Truth — Having declared truth officially on holiday, our heroine Lucy drags an initially hesitant Brock into one playful con after another testing his propriety to the core. As Brock begins to let his guard down and finds liberation in lying, he sees their antics are having serious effects.
Tijuana — In the 1920s, Tijuana was a magnet for movie stars, mobsters, and dignitaries escaping the doldrums of Prohibition. Born into a well-to-do French family, Carmen was sent to Mexico to marry a prominent Mexican businessman. Upon porting, she escaped with the fierce determination to be the author of her own life.
The Great Now What — Maggie (33) has it all: brains, beauty, an education, a fiancé, and plans for a family. Then a rare stroke leaves her permanently disabled. She leaves school, loses her body, her voice, her face, her vision, her man, her money, her ability to work, and nearly — her mind. She seeks answers from her Denver community to find healing, love, and the courage to get back on stage again.
Legacy of the Fighting Filipinos — In 1941 Filipino forces were conscripted into the U.S. Army. During WWII 260,000 Filipino troops fought, falling at seven times the rate of their American counterparts. After their service, Congress declared the forces to be on inactive duty to cut costs, denying promised benefits to Filipino men and women.
Voices Rock — Established in 2015, Voices Rock is a community of rock choirs serving both children and adults in the Denver area. A “come as you are choir,” Voices Rock welcomes all individuals whether they are seasoned or brand new singers.
Sweet Home Monteverde — How far would you go for your beliefs? For a group of rural Alabama pacifists in 1950, whose faith and ideals clashed with American militarism, the answer was Costa Rica, a country that had just abolished its army. Sweet Home Monteverde is the surprising and inspiring story of the US Quakers who immigrated to a remote mountaintop cloud forest where they ultimately conserve a unique ecosystem that has now become both a magnet for ecotourists and a harbinger of climate change.
Curves — If you were told a girl struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig back-to-back in a ballgame, would that get your attention? It happened in 1931 in Chattanooga, TN. and yet, the story of Jackie Mitchell’s place in baseball lore is somehow lost in obscurity. You would imagine the experience of a young girl facing and besting two of baseball’s most celebrated names would be more than just a blip on the public’s radar, but that’s all it seems to have achieved.
The Great Divide is a female-driven western about one woman’s unorthodox journey to rediscover her identity after trauma, and the women she meets along the way whose individual challenges and tragedies, when put together, create a scrapbook of female resilience as it was forged by hostile conditions of the times.
Final Descent is a short story that reveals the promise of the human spirit, even when the end is eminent for the ones we love, we are still capable of magical and wondrous things. For Aaron Garrett, surviving his father’s scorn growing up was extremely difficult, but was still able to push himself to be the best downhill racer in the county, only to have his joy ripped away due to the death of his honorary coach and younger brother, Danny, due to Cystic Fibrosis.
Beasts Undiscovered is a father-daughter wilderness comedy. Its screenplay was a quarterfinalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowship, was covered in Variety, and spent six months as a “Top Script” on The Black List. It will feature Colorado talent and effects created by the Jim Henson Company.
The Cosmic Dawn — After witnessing an alien abduction as child (and subsequently being told she’s crazy for most of her life) Aurora, now a young woman, joins the UFO cult The Cosmic Dawn after discovering a book written by the group’s leader, Elyse.
Imperfectly Perfect follows the personal stories and struggles that a cast of disabled actors faces every day in a world still full of prejudice and exclusion. Regan and her cast boldly attempt to crash through the barriers of disability on stage and in larger society.