The First Annual Estes Park Film Festival Announces Official Selections

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The oldest movie theatre west of the Mississippi will host the first annual Estes Park Film Festival. Below are the festival's Official Film Selections.

The oldest movie theatre west of the Mississippi will host the first annual Estes Park Film Festival. Below are the festival's Official Film Selections.

Feature Films

Self Medicated – Monty Lapica

Brats: Our Journey Home - Donna Musil

Preserve Me a Seat – Jim Fields

Subdivision, Colorado - Neil Widener

The Empty Acre – Patrick Rea

Scared New World - Yahn Soon

Tara’s Daughters - Roslyn Dauber

Costa Rica – Nick Molle

StreetWok’n - Matthew Gunter & Eric Matyas

Short Films

A World at Waste - Stuart MacDonald

A Thousand Words - William Craig

The Sand Creek Massacre - Donald L. Vasicek

Sideshow - Sheila E. Schroeder

Carhenge: Genius or Junk? - David Liban

Sand Mandala - Meryem Ersoz

Science or Faith: Intelligent Design in Public Schools - Caite Adams and Jeff Rudkin

Return to Auschwitz - Brady Jones and Jeff Rudkin

Do You Want the Elephant Music - Leslie Dektor

Southwestern Orange County vs. the Flying Saucers - Robert Dastoli

Escape Velocity - Scott Ligon

Monday Morning - Anthony Spadaccini

The Girl who could run 600 miles per hour - Mark Thimijan

Getting Lucky - Stacy Marr

The Viewing - Horsetooth Productions

Test - Lorne Pribbeno

Zero the Counter - Patrick Rea

Riverside - Todd Tinkham

In the Can - Ethan Knightchilde

Leave 'em Hangin' - David Higgins

The Offering - Paul Lee

Eyes of an Artist - Michael Vanderwyst

3:16 - Mike Vanderwyst and Jeff Frye

A Bedtime Story for the End of the World – Howard & Helen Kingkade

Air Hockey - Adam Bell

Tower of Love – Sean Doherty

Celebrating their inaugural year, the 2006 Estes Park Film Festival will showcase 9 feature-length films and 26 short films from across the country. The festival will take place at the Historic Park Theatre in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado from September 15th - 17th, 2006 with an awards ceremony on the final night. In addition to the films, the Estes Park Film Festival will also serve as a fundraising event to help renovate and restore the Historic Park Theatre to its original cinematic elegance. Advance Tickets and Festival Passes are available to purchase on the festival web site:

Included in this year’s line-up is Monty Lapica’s “Self-Medicated” about an out of control youth who is sent against his will to a corrupt psychiatric hospital. Jim Field’s newest documentary “Preserve Me a Seat” is about historic movie theatres in America and the people that are trying to save them, and Donna Musil’s groundbreaking documentary “Brats: Our Journey Home”, narrated by Kris Kristofferson, is about growing up as a military brat. Other feature films include the family adventure “Subdivision, Colorado”, the dramatic horror film “Empty Acre”, and the inspiring documentary about Tibetan refugee women “Tara’s Daughters”, narrated by Susan Sarandon. “Scared New World” is about the intertwining lives of three California housemates, and Nick Molle’s documentary “Costa Rica” takes you on a journey to one of the most bio-diverse places on earth.

Short Films include the visually stunning documentary “Carhenge: Genius or Junk?” about a replica of Stonehenge made out of 38 junked automobiles in western Nebraska, and the action-packed inspirational short film “3:16” about one boy who holds the cure to a mysterious airborne virus that consumes the globe and kills millions. When flying saucers invade Central Florida, it's up to one theme park employee to stop them in “Southwestern Orange County vs. the Flying Saucers,” and “Getting Lucky” is a short comedy about one woman’s attempt at internet dating. Other short films include the hilarious silent comedy “Monday Morning,” Mark Timijan’s “The Girl Who Could Run 600 Miles Per Hour,” and Scott Ligon’s humorous take on life with A.D.D. in “Escape Velocity.”

Many of the filmmakers will be on hand to introduce their films and will be a part of a filmmaker panel discussion on the creative process of getting their films from script to screen. There will also be plenty of parties where you can mingle with the filmmakers and other film enthusiasts. For a complete schedule of film screenings, workshops, parties, and panel discussions please visit the festival web site:


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The first annual Estes Park Film FestivalThe first annual Estes Park Film FestivalEstes Park Film Festival PosterEstes Park Film Festival PosterSelf MedicatedSelf MedicatedBased on true events. Having recently suffered the death of his father, seventeen-year-old Andrew Eriksen's inability to cope with the loss catapults him down a path of denial, self-loathing and emotional entropy. Once a promising young scholar, Andrew finds himself on a drug-addled path to self-destruction. Resentful of his mother, Louise (Diane Venora), for her own chemical dependency, Andrew withdraws only further at a time when they need each other most. Louise's last resort is to hire a company that kidnaps troubled teens and places them in a locked-down and corrupt psychiatric hospital. After being subjected to the secret physical and emotional abuses of the program, Andrew learns the only thing that will help him come to terms with the loss of his father is Andrew himself. 107 min Dir: Monty Lapica / Producer: Tommy Bell / Las Vegas, Nevada / Screening Time: September 16th, 9:30 PM Preserve Me a SeatPreserve Me a SeatWe don't remember a lot about our distant past, but we do remember our favorite movie theatre. Featuring the efforts to save historic movie theatres in Boston, Chicago, Omaha, and Salt Lake City, “Preserve me a Seat” is a documentary about these theatres and the ongoing fight to protect and preserve them for future generations. Director Jim Fields and his camera crew capture on film the victories and defeats of dedicated preservationists as they enter the cultural battle zone to save some of America’s finest example of classic architecture. A Documentary by Jim Fields / Omaha, Nebraska / Screening Time: September 15th, 8:00 PM BRATS: Our Journey HomeBRATS: Our Journey HomeAmerican military "brats" of all ethnicities share intimate memories about their strange, but interesting childhoods - growing up on military bases around the world, then struggling to fit into an America with which they have little in common, but for whom they sacrificed their youths. Narrated by Kris Kristofferson. Featuring songs by Kris Kristofferson, interviews with General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, and never-before-seen archival footage from post-war Germany and Japan. Documentary by Donna Musil Executive Producer: Tessa Lyn Stephenson / 90 Minutes / Eatonton, Georgia / Screening Time: September 16th, 7:00 PM Monday MorningMonday MorningFrom director/writer Anthony Spadaccini comes a hilarious silent comedy shot in the style of the pre-1920s Charlie Chaplin/Buster Keaton classics detailing the morning from hell for a young slacker who struggles to make it to work on time...and ends up encountering disaster at every turn. A Short Film by Anthony Spadaccini / 11 Minutes / Claymont, Deleware 3:163:16A mysterious airborne virus consumes the globe in two months. People across the world fall dead by the millions. A cure is finally found after the U.S. is nearly overrun by the virus. However, the cure needs to assimilate through an uninfected universal blood donor with the rarest blood type, and the first compatible donor turns out to be an 8-year-old boy named Cade. Immediate global need, Cade's small size, and a short supply of medical support all mean that Cade would have to give up his life in order to save the planet. The parents are asked to give up their only son, and the next five minutes of emotional torment yield a decision that no parent ever wants to make. A Short Film by Mike Vanderwyst and Jeff Frye / 19 Min. / McHenry, Illinois