The Southern Colorado Film Festival cultivates conversation and enriches the spirit and creativity of the San Luis Valley by providing diverse independent film programming that is relevant and which connects the issues of our region to the world.
The 2016 theme, BORDERLESS, intends to inspire a diverse conversation about cinematic expression. The festival will screen works that display a wide range of regional, national, and international points of view. In addition to screenings, the festival will incorporate panels, juror participation, & audience awards.
JURY AWARD WINNERS:
2016 GRAND JURY AWARD
2016 Jury Award for Excellence in Experimental Filmmaking
2016 Jury Award for Excellence in Narrative Filmmaking
2016 Jury Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking
2016 Jury Award for Excellence in Student Filmmaking
2016 Special Jury Prize
2016 "Chupacabra" Audience Award for Narrative Filmmaking
2016 "Snippy" Audience Award for Experimental Filmmaking
2016 "Hollywood Gator" Audience Award for Student Filmmaking
2016 "Hollywood Gator" Audience Award for Student Filmmaking (Honorable Mention)
2016 "Borderless" Audience Award for International Filmmaking
2016 "Green Chili" Audience Award for Documentary Filmmaking
2016 "Green Chili" Audience Award for Documentary Filmmaking (Honorable Mention)
- Adams State University Community Partnerships
- Adams State University Student Life & Recreation
- Alamosa Home and Mattress
- Alamosa Local Marketing District Board
- Colorado Gators
- Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media
- Memphis College of Art
- Rio Grande Farm Park
- San Luis Valley Federal Bank
- Southern Colorado Film Commission
- Top of the Nation Enterprises, Inc.
- Trinidad State Junior College
- Western Connecticut State University
2016 Fesitival Jurors
Executive Director, Founder, Programmer Taos Shortz Film Fest
Anna Cosentine is Executive Director, founder, programmer and in charge of marketing, acquisitions, public relations, and grant writing. Basically the head honcho of the Taos Shortz Film Fest, Taos New Mexico. She is a submission judge for the documentary and live narrative sections at the Mill Valley Film Festival and Starz Denver Film Festival and worked as event coordinator for 6 years for the Taos Mountain Film Festival.
Director, Founder Experiments in Cinema international film festival
Bryan Konefsky is a self-taught cultural worker and media activist. He is the founder and director of Experiments in Cinema international film festival and the president of Basement Films (a non-profit arts organization based in Albuquerque). Konefsky is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Cinematic Arts at the University of New Mexico where he teaches production and critical studies courses that range in topics from experimental to world cinema. Konefsky has lectured about alternative cinematic practices in countries such as Argentina, Cuba, Germany, Korea, Russia, Scotland, and Serbia. Konefskyʼs creative work has been presented internationally in museums, universities and film festivals. Additionally Konefsky's practice has been supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Moon and Stars Project of the American Turkish Foundation, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, The Croatian Audiovisual Centre, The Trust For Mutual Understanding and the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Producer/Editor Rocky Mountain PBS
Mariel Rodriguez-McGill is an Emmy Award-Winning creative producer, director and editor focused on documentary filmmaking with a passion for telling inspirational and compelling stories. Currently at Rocky Mountain PBS in Denver, Colorado, Mariel helped develop the web-series Great Ingredients, and the historical documentary series Colorado Experience, which will launch its fourth season fall 2016. Mariel received a BA from Boston College and holds a Masters Degree from University of Denver in Media, Film & Journalism Studies.
Colorado Film Commissioner and director of the Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media
Donald Zuckerman moved from LA to Denver to work for Gov. John Hickenlooper and secure a competitive film incentive for Colorado. He did it and put the state back into the game of attracting more film production. A long-time Hollywood executive producer, Zuckerman's more recent projects include Rush Lights (Beau Bridges and Aidan Quinn) and Casino Jack (Kevin Spacey).
2016 SoCo Film Festival, Location Map, Adams State University
2016 SoCo Film Festival, Day 1
Flying (3m 45s)
Director: Jacob Hood
A woman learns to fly again after grieving the loss of her son.
Endo (8m 17s)
Director: Tom Radovich
A robo-phobic man has a foul incident with his new cleaning android.
Tyger, Tyger (10m 40s)
Director: Jasia Kaulbach
A teenage girl growing up in Brighton has an unusual, fiery form of angst.
Cosmonaut (8m 8s)
Director: Tristan Surman
Kay's love for Artemis is rooted in something defiantly human. Artemis' violent existence is rooted in vigorous justifications.
Her Unlikely Kin (15m 2s)
Director: Kenneth Raimondi
Sarah Rassi is running out of options. She needs a bone marrow transplant and her only match is a troubled veteran.
Mommy's Home (7m 30s)
Director: Tracy Webb
Ian, an 8 year old boy struggles with fear in the mysterious world that his parents have created in their isolated country home.
Am I Funny Yet? (9m)
Director: Elissa Davis
This film follows two teenagers who reconnect by chance ten years later.
Para Ellos (For Them) (23m 25s)
Directors: Christian Contreras & Victoria De La Torre
'Para Ellos' is a modern, children's fable about Maria, a smart, determined 10 year old girl, who loves nothing more than her father and his bedtime tales.
Electric Faces (11m 6s)
Director: Johnny Herbin
A young crook's plans to commit the perfect robbery are thrown into chaos by a cantankerous bank guard and an increasingly unstable robot.
Flesh & Blood (25m 21s)
Director: Xu Jiaxin
A housewife abandons her husband and son to escape the confines of an unfulfilled marriage. Years later, a series of events leads her son Ethan to rediscover the untold story of past conflict and confront his present lot.
The Burrow (27m 41s)
Director: Chloé Galibert-Laîné
Odile lives alone. Afraid that someone might enter her flat when she's not at home, she enters a video surveillance on-line community, in hope that users will keep an eye on her apartment and inform her in case of unexpected intrusion.
Adi at the Confluence (20m 04s)
Director: Joor Baruah
Far East in the Himalayas lives the tribal Adi people The Adi culture is beautiful and unique.
LIVE (16m 28s)
Director: Elena Piskareva
Eight women in the ward waiting for their turn to have an abortion.
I Stand Still (6m 40s)
Director: Carlos Daniel Flores
A freeform exploration of the love between a woman and her girlfriend.
If I Had a Piano (5m 50s)
Director: Stephanie Gardner
If I Had a Piano is an explorative romance in five movements.
Metcalf South Memories (1hr 28m)
Director: W. Dave Keith
It was the greatest shopping mall ever built... but the good times couldn't last forever. A mockumentary about the rise and fall of the Mall.
2016 SoCo Film Festival, Day 2
Overwhelming Majority (10m 46s)
Director: Joseph Irvin
An experimental documentary short dealing with issues on loneliness, alienation, and social anxiety.
Shooting (5m 37s)
Director: Andrew Beers
A short documentary exploring Western filmmaking locations, traditions, and techniques, using music and audio from Monte Hellman's 1966 film, The Shooting.
Midnight Sun (6m 33s)
Directors: Julia Ferguson and Jamie Henschel
What happens when a college music student enters the presence of young, budding musicians? She upends the status quo and takes a risk by sharing her stage with children.
Meeting the Klan (17m 25s)
Director: Molly Pelavin
A short documentary in which a mixed-race college student travels and interviews current and former members of the Ku Klux Klan.
Asperger's Syndrome (4m 2s)
Director: Nicholas Bayfield
Enter the world of what people with Asperger's Syndrome go through, the way they see the world and how they think.
A Window into Willard (21m 35s)
Director: Nicole Favale
A short documentary about the lives of three deceased patients from the Willard Asylum.
Circus City, USA (30m)
Director: Adam Michael Wright
Since the early 1940s, more than 20 circus companies have made their home in Hugo, Oklahoma. Its unique history has earned the town the nickname Circus City, USA, and this film spends time with both the eccentric circus characters of the road and the people back in Hugo who keep it all going.
Places Like This (9m 30s)
Directors: Nicholas NcNaughton & Christopher Lee Griffin
Places Like This is the story of a group of veterans embarking on a 6 day winter expedition into the Colorado wilderness hoping to use nature to nurture old wounds.
A Culture of Health in the San Luis Valley (4m)
Director: Danny Ledonne
Learn more about how the SLV Local Food Coalition is forming partnerships and engaging the community in their mission to provide local, affordable, healthy food to every family.
Equal Footing (7m 32s)
Directors: Dan Holz
& Eric Elofson & Kaare Iverson
Wyoming's remote and vast wilderness provides the perfect canvas for Kim Havell and Julia Heemstra to redefine feminine.
Director: Carolyn Sortor
A video artist's take on the traditional slide show, utilizing a selection of some 20 years of visuals shot in the southwestern U.S. and beyond.
Porkchop & the 28th St. North Carolina Watermelons (6m)
Director: Raissa Contreras
This cinema verite piece shows Porkchop selling his watermelons on a summer afternoon.
QUADRILYZED: The Journey of Jason Abraham (7m 28s)
Director: Chris Bartkowski
On one of the best powder days of 2015, Jason Abraham took a fall that would change his life forever.
The Long Ride Home (4m 37s)
Director: Adam Nilson
Often, the hardest part of war is returning home.
HARBOUR (15m 33s)
Director: Eric Stewart
HARBOUR is a 16mm film focusing on the English fascination with the Pacific Northwest.
Being Seen (15m)
Director: Paul Zehrer
"Being Seen" explores the poorly understood subculture of people living with "developmental disabilities."
A Passion for Architecture:
A Life in Design (1hr 6m)
Director: Kum-Kum Bhavnani
LUTAH explores the life of a remarkably versatile architect who left an impressive legacy.
Home Movie Day
Hosted by Taylor Dunne
ASU McDaniel Hall - Room 117
The San Luis Valley Home Movie Day is a chance for you to be involved. Bring your own home movies on VHS, 16mm or 8mm films that will be handled by experts in film, and screened for everyone to see. Don't have a film? Don't let that stop you. Come and participate by watching other amateur films, learn about film preservation, enjoy fun and games with the family, and get the chance to win cool prizes!
The host of this year's event is Asst. Professor Taylor Dunne, of Mass Communications at Adams State University. Professor Dunne has been involved with Home Move Day for seven years, including two years as a volunteer at the New York City Home Move Day, as well as hosting Home Movie Day at The Boulder Public Library for five years. To say the least, Professor Dunne is very well suited for hosting the San Luis Valley HMD, previously working as film projectionist at Anthology Film Archives, and deriving from years of film event experience.
The history of HMD goes back to 2002. A group of film archivists were concerned with what would happen to the vast number of amateur and home movies that were made in the 20th century. They decided to create an event that declared an effort to conserve and preserve original home movie films. With the substantial rising of technology in recent years, people began to transfer their old films onto videotapes and DVDs. The goal of the archivists was and is to encourage people to keep their original films just the way they were, and to ensure them that "original films (and the equipment required to view them) can long outlast any version on VHS tape, DVDS, or other digital media". In actuality, original films, despite the stereotype, "are often carefully shot in beautiful, vibrant color—which may not be captured in a lower-resolution video transfer".
HMD has grown into a celebration of amateur films. People from all over the world are meeting to learn more about the archival advantages of film. HMD uniquely presents educational opportunities, where local archivists share about proper storage and care of personal films. And of course, these events focus on having fun and enjoying memorable times with family and community, as well as emphasize remembering the legacy and the history of film.
The best part of it all is it's free! Come and enjoy the San Luis Valley Movie Day, at the SoCo Film Festival, hosted by Adams State University's Community Partnerships and The Southern Colorado Film Commission. For more information, call (719)587-7230.
2016 SoCo Film Festival, Day 3
Lost in Paradise (1m 2s)
A tiny, visual poem about being lost in paradise. The film is made from a collection of photograms.
Dirty Data (9m)
Director: Caleb Foss
Dirty Data science fictionalizes everyday systems that place an individual in a hall of two-way mirrors.
Surface Waves (3m 40s)
Director: Reed O'Beirne
A wordless women rises to confront herself through a dance of self-liberation.
Action Phase Loop 5: Crane Hang (7m 40s)
Director: Dustin Zemel
Action Series Phase Loops play with notions of novelty, experience, and re-experience to give viewers a new insight into exceptional action film sequences.
MACHINIC PHYLUM (4m 2s)
Director: Guli Silberstein
A symbiosis of human and nature forms, by direct manipulation of video code, purposely damaging it in 'glitch' process, creating rich explosions of color and form.
Navigation at 29.401248x-98.485324 (1m 2s)
Director: Carolyn Sortor
This video is part of a body of works in video and other media, in which the "infrathin" is further extended as a vehicle/pretext.
MOTH VITALS (4m 07s)
Director: Nancy Wyllie
A veterinarian's reflections on requests made by clients who share an extraordinary reverence for life.
Whose Secrets (5m 49s)
Director: Carolyn Sortor
Based on Ladar Levison's account of the "due process" he and his company, Lavabit, received at the hands of a secret, US FISA court. Lavabit had been reported to be the ISP used by Edward Snowden.
Sonnet 404: … loading… (5m)
Director: Dustin Zemel
"Sonnet 404" conveys personal frustrations of compelled poetics; an attempt to process the ill-fated romantic prospects of articulating deep emotion's confounding ineffability.
Agnus Dei (5m 54s)
Director: Paula Castillo
This film, of a sheep slaughter, is an attempt to reweave the culture/nature duality via the seemingly paradoxical realities of sustenance and intimacy.
River (10m 07s)
Director: Stephanie Maxwell
River presents a unique
perspective on the exquisite beauty that is present in infinite abundance when one focuses attention on the intimate motions of river water and its animated reflections and refractions of sunlight and sky.
Join Colorado Film Commissioner, Donald Zuckerman, to discuss the future of filmmaking in Colorado. The session will include curated screenings from around the state. Students from the Adams State University Mass Communication program will premiere a local documentary about food insecurity.
Interested in viewing the best of the fest?
This program will re-screen works that have been selected for audience and jury awards.
Did your favorite film make the cut?
Who did the jurors select?
2016 SoCo Film Festival, 11" x 17" Poster