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The Colorado Film and Video Association (CFVA) serves Colorado’s visual media industry in order to further local industry development and livelihood.

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Colorado Filmmakers - Deals on Patron Packages

"Colorado filmmakers! Keep in mind that, as a member of the film industry, you can claim *half off* any of the Patron Packages for the Starz Denver International Film Festival. Contact Alison Greenberg at for accreditation."

Local films in Fort Collins are ready for the spotlight

(Photo: Courtesy of NoCoast Artists )

as originally posted on 'The Coloradoan' by Stacy Nick Sept 10th 2014

Small film festivals and locally produced movies like "Whensday" — and its soon-to-be shot follow-up — show that Fort Collins is ready for its closeup, say local filmmakers.

The landscape of film in Fort Collins is definitely changing, according to filmmaker and Fort Collins Horror Film Festival co-organizer Andrew Schneider.

A member of the Fort Collins film production company NoCoast Artists, Schneider knows a little something about making movies on the cheap. NoCoast's debut feature film "Whensday" was made for $3,000 using local actors and community members and locations on loan from surrounding businesses.

Thanks to the availability of lower-cost, higher-quality film-making equipment, filmmakers don't need to be tied to New York and Los Angeles to create their masterpieces, Schneider said, adding: "Now they can load up their pickup truck with all the tools they need to make their fully produced film."

Businesses and sponsors are beginning to sign on to projects like "Whensday" because they realize that it benefits them to be associated with these projects, Schneider said. But it wasn't easy.

"We had to knock on a lot of doors to generate that kind of excitement," he said.

Up next for NoCoast is a post-apocalyptic Western musical, which Schneider is careful to point out is not a musical with Western-style music but a Western film with music.

While the script is still being penned, the "Whensday" follow-up looks at Fort Collins' future after fracking.

MMA Pastor Doc ‘Fight Church’ Inks Distribution, Morgan Spurlock TV Deal

as originally posted on by Jen Yamoto Sept 2, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate and Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets banner have sealed separate deals for Fight Church, the feature documentary tracking a group of Mixed Martial Arts-fighting pastors whose violent practices have sparked controversy within the Christian community.

Co-directed by Oscar-winner Daniel Junge (Saving Face, Beyond The Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary) and Bryan Storkel (Holy Rollers: The True Story Of Card Counting Christians), Fight Church follows several MMA-battling ministers who preach from the pulpit and the octagon and even train fighters using the teachings of the Bible. Lionsgate sprang for North American VOD rights and will debut the film on iTunes and additional digital platforms on September 16, while Netflix will premiere it in multiple territories this Fall.

State of the State 2014

October 1st, 2014

We have had an amazing opportunity to engage some fantastic panelists for the State of the State this year. This new opportunity has forced us to push the State of the State to October 1st, so that we have more time to make this event happen. More details coming as we move forward with these panelists. Stay tuned for more information.

Colorado Film School to make commercials for Toyota, Oster Jewelers

By Megan Mitchell

The Community College of Aurora's Colorado Film School will create regional commercials this fall for Toyota and Oster Jewelers in a new commercial production class being offered to the most experienced students.

"To be able to work with some of the world's largest advertising and marketing companies and clients is tremendous opportunity for students," said Frederic Lahey, founder and director of the Colorado Film School. "We're a professional career training program, so this is a win-win — both to us and to Toyota and Oster."

Lahey said the school was approached by Cherry Creek-based Oster Jewelers and the Denver Toyota Dealers Association last year to make commercial spots that represent Colorado and can be shown on local media platforms.

As part of the recurring deal, the local Toyota dealers will contribute $30,000 a year for scholarships and to sponsor the Colorado Film School's bi-annual student shows held at Harkins Northfield 18 Theatres, said Community College of Aurora spokesperson Lee Rasizer.

The Denver Toyota Dealers Association is a group of six Toyota dealerships including Groove Toyota in Englewood, Mountain States Toyota in Denver, Stevinson Toyota East in Aurora, Stevinson Toyota West in Lakewood, Larry H. Miller Toyota in Boulder and AutoNation Toyota Arapahoe in Centennial.

Kickstarter Campaign - The Great Divide

The Great Divide

Havey Productions announced today that final funding for The Great Divide,  a feature length documentary on the history of water in Colorado, will be raised through a grassroots Kickstarter campaign beginning September 8, 2014. The Great Divide will raise public understanding and appreciation of Colorado’s water heritage while inspiring personal responsibility and informed discussion concerning the vital challenge confronting the state and region with increasing urgency — forging collaborative solutions for managing this most precious resource for a prosperous and sustainable future.

The Great Divide from the Emmy award winning team of Havey Productions, in association with Colorado Humanities, will illustrate the timeless influence of water in both connecting and dividing an arid state and region. From Ancestral Puebloan cultures and the gold rush origins of Colorado water law to agriculture, dams, diversions and conservation; the film will reveal today’s critical need to cross “the great divide,” replacing conflict with cooperation.


Millions of people, billions of dollars and an enormous amount of economic activity are all dependent on rivers born in the mountains of Colorado. The Department of Natural Resources predicts that Colorado's population will double by 2050.


Crashing Telluride


by Jonathan Stien

      Our gondola cart descended the final peak into town, filling us with awe as the majestic view of Telluride was unveiled. The Saturday morning sun radiated down into the valley, illuminating every tree and rooftop with an exuberant glow that could only strengthen our conviction that it was going to be a beautiful, unforgettable day. Today is the "big day" for the Telluride Film Festival, where all the actors, actresses and directors would come out of hiding for the anticipated film premieres and mingle amongst the townspeople. With no pre-conceived agenda and without passes, we plunge unknowingly and willingly into whichever current we are carried.

      When going to a film festival without a pass, one must enter the experience with a certain mindset. If you're expecting to catch all of the most anticipated films, you will be left disappointed. That is unless you are willing to shell out a ton of cash and wait in line for hours. Even then, there is still no guarantee you'll get in. The main seats are reserved for the pass holders and press and any remaining seats will be left for those lucky privileged few. So if you go into the experience without any expectations, you can avoid the heartache of being let down when the hottest films are sold out. That being said, there are a plethora of free panels and activities that one will gain a ton of wisdom from and find unforgettable. Our main purpose at the festival was to promote our film, "Walk-ins Welcome", and experience as much as we could without breaking the bank.

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Phil Lucero, owner of Denver video production firm

Phil Lucero

As posted on Facebook August 28th by Garce Garcia

Early Sunday morning my dear friend Phil Lucero was gunned down in a senseless act of violence. Phil was a gentle man who always had a smile on his face, a laugh in is voice and lived life to its fullest. He was generous and always there when help was needed or a kind word said. Phil had a special place in his heart for the SafeHouse Denver where he volunteered his time and expert production experience.

To ensure Phil’s philanthropic spirit lives on, a special memorial fund has been established to support the SafeHouse Denver. Checks should be made out to SafeHouse Denver, noting in the message line that the donation is in memory of Phil Lucero. The donations should be sent to:
SafeHouse Denver
1649 Downing Street
Denver, CO 80218
Att: Development Department

The other option is a secure on-line gift made through This will bring the donor to the SafeHouse giving page and they only need to click on the “Donate Now” box. As they enter their information, there is a box that allows them to indicate this is a memorial gift and to enter Phil’s name.

Thanks for all of your kind words and expressions of love. We all know Phil is looking down on us with a smile on his face and a beer in his hand while enjoying the beauty that heaven has to offer.

Rocky Mountain Audio Video Expo

AVX Expo


Our industry is always changing. Always evolving. What was cutting edge and innovative a year ago is obsolete today. Technology changes the way we do business at an alarming rate. The Rocky Mountain Audio Video Expo (AVX 2014) will open its doors in Denver on October 29-30 at the Crowne Plaza DIA. AVX 2014 will feature manufacturers, workshops and speakers with a focus on how to stay ahead of the curve, featuring emerging technologies and systems that make it possible for producers, distributors and end users to stay on the forefront, whether on Television, Mobile, Digital Signage, The Internet or Social Media.
Why The Rocky Mountain Audio Video Expo (AVX)?

AVX is the convergence of two great shows, (NAB and InfoComm), creating an event where manufacturers meet directly with the decision makers in IT, film, AV, video, broadcast, sound, animation, computer imaging and editing, as well as presentation and attendees get one on one access to some of the industry’s leading experts. One great show, four local sponsors (Burst Communications, Ford Audio-Video, 5280 Digital, and Peak Media Inc.) working together to get you the maximum results for your time and effort! AVX will feature 150 manufacturer exhibits, workshops and speakers showing how to keep moving forward with the cutting edge technology and relevant information. Additionally, AVX, now is in its second year since changing the focus and the name of the show from VidExpo, is a truly unique and one-of-a-kind opportunity! You won't want to miss it!

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