Saturday, September 13, 2008

Estes Park Film Festival – Day 1 - Friday 9/12

Day one has been great so far. After driving most of the day we got to the theatre right when the opening night party was starting so we got checked in and started partying. There was a great crowd and the lobby of the theatre was packed as everyone chatted and snacked on finger food and enjoyed the free wine at the open bar. I had a chance to meet Sean and Cliff, the two directors of the EPFF, as well as a handful of the filmmakers that were in attendance.

The film “Broken Fences” was the opening night film and three of the main cast as well as the writer/director and two other crew members were in attendance. The film has played at 15 film festivals across the country and has won 4 awards so it was a great way to kick off our weekend. They got up and did a great Q&A afterward and the audience seemed enthusiastic about the film.

After the film we headed over to the Holiday Inn to check in then headed back out to some of the after party spots where I had a chance to meet and hang out with several of the other filmmakers in attendance. So far, all of the filmmakers I’ve met have been from the Colorado area and/or have strong Colorado ties and many of them have attended previous EPFF’s and had nothing but great things to say about it.

Day one is in the books and I’m calling it a success.

6:00am – 11:00am - work
12:00pm – 7:00pm driving across Nebraska and Colorado
7:00pm – 8:30pm – opening night party at the historic Park Theatre in Estes Park
8:30pm – 10:00pm – “Broken Fences” opening night film
10:00pm – 12:30am – post party at a couple of different places

So, yeah, a pretty long day, and we’re ready for day number two.


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