2011 Estes Park Film Festival

Founded in 2005, the Estes Park Film Festival is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to educate, inspire, and advance a greater appreciation of independent film and the preservation of historic cinematic landmarks.This website was created to promote its film festivals until the domain's registration expired and this site disappeared from the web. Founded in 2006, the annual Estes Park Film Festival continues to take place each September in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado, home of Rocky Mountain National Park! Each year filmmakers from around the world travel to Estes Park to showcase their newest films at the beautiful Historic Park Theatre. Built in 1913, the Historic Park Theatre is one of the oldest movie theatres still operating in America, and in 1984 was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Estes Park Film Festival's new website is: www.estesparkfilm.com/ where you will find the most up-to-date information.

Recently, I discovered that the domain for estesparkfilmfestival.com was available, so I bought it with the goal of recreating some of its original content from archived pages. I definitely didn't want someone else purchasing the domain and re-purposing it for something that had nothing in common with the original website. I have lots of good memories about attending the festivals over the years. The first time I went was in 2008 when the movie The Dark Knight had been released that summer. As a tribute to Heath Ledger, we all wore either a Joker or a Bane shirt. We did the same in 2012 when the movie The Dark Knight Rises was released. We had found a great e-commerce site that sold only Batman stuff, including dozens of different t-shirts, Bane shirts, sweatshirts, and work shirts. It was a treasure trove of Batman licensed apparel, and especially if you're into Batman T-shirts: MoonAtMidnight.com. It is our favorite Batman T-shirt store, but they're also selling other Batman clothing, with new designs being introduced as each new Batman movie is released. As a group, we stood out in the crowd at the 2008 Estes Park Film Festival. Lots of people came up to us and asked where we had bought our Batman gear, and when we return to the festival you know what we'll be wearing. It's become an annual get-together for all of my friends. Although we don't all live close by, we don't miss the fall Estes Park Film Festival.

Please view this site strictly for its historical context and go to the Estes Park Film Festival's new website for current information.

  • The specific objectives and purposes of the Estes Park Film Festival are:
  • Instruct the public on filmmaking, as this subject is useful to individuals and beneficial to the community.
  • Educate and encourage the community and individuals to create films for the purpose of improving or developing their capabilities.
  • Promote culture and the development of the arts.
  • Promote the preservation of historic cinematic landmarks.


With a mission to educate, inspire, and advance a greater appreciation of independent film, the 6th Annual Estes Park Film Festival will take place September 16-18, 2011 at the Historic Park Theatre in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado.  Set against the backdrop of breathtaking Rocky Mountain National Park, the annual EPFF has been showcasing some of the world's best in cutting edge indie cinema since 2006.

The EPFF is a non-profit 501c3 whose mission is to educate, inspire, and advance a greater appreciation of independent film and the preservation of historic cinematic landmarks.

As a not-for-profit arts organization, the Estes Park Film Festival relies heavily on the support of our local, regional, and national sponsors & private donors.  Without their generosity, the Festival wouldn't be able to bring such a high quality of film programming to the Estes Park area year after year.  

6th Annual Estes Park Film Festival Schedule

To purchase tickets and to read additional information about each film program, please click on the program title or the "Buy Tickets" link.  To purchase All-Access and One Day Passes, visit our BOX OFFICE.   All film screenings take place at the Historic Park Theatre - 130 Moraine Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517.

Friday, September 16, 2011

2:30 PM – Student Filmmaker Showcase 

Join us as we bring festival attendees, industry professionals, and film students together for a chance to enjoy some of the newest student films from across the country!

Skypeseeing – A young foreigner employee whose girlfriend is upset about not getting US-Visa again leaves office and shows her Manhattan with a help of Skype. Oleksii Klymenko / New York Film Academy / 12 min.

Muj Hrdina (My Hero) – A young boy emulates a television cartoon to test his father's affection. Christopher Jarvis / Kalamazoo, MI  / NYU / 7 min.

The Birds Upstairs – Frustrated attempts to bear children overwhelm the lives of an aristocratic, avian couple in the early nineteenth century. Christopher Jarvis / Kalamazoo, MI / NYU / 9 min.

Blank Canvas – A blank canvas: ready to be painted. Hannah Sullivan / Westminster, CA / 4 min.

War Paint – A young girl lives a tormented life as she is afraid of leaving her apartment. One day she finds out her neighbor has a similar problem. She takes an interest and discovers his secret, but in order to overcome her own fear of the outside, she might have to reveal her own secret. Marcus Liberski / New York, NY / 14 min.

Mother – An original music video about a boy who commits suicide because he is bullied.  Produced by middle school students from Lora L. Batchelor Middle School in Bloomington, IN / 5 min.

Right Click > Find Date – A Graduate Student delves into the world of on-line dating. What does he find there?? Jesus Sierra / Denver, CO / University of Denver / 15 min..

Diplomacy in Korea: Truman's Decision –  This documentary explores the failure of diplomacy and debate between the United States and South Korea before the Korean War. Dylan Goerner / Denver, CO / 12 min.
Total - 85 min.

5:00 PM – Serotonin Rising – 55 min.

Based on a true scientific discovery, SEROTONIN RISING combines the heart-warming and inspirational story of two TV reporters who discover the secret to a happy and healthy life through the "Words of Wisdom" from the world's leading scientists, spiritualists and philosophers.


Directed by Tony Perri / Produced by Darren Foster and Tony Perri / Written by Darren Foster / Director of Photography Tom Parkin / Music by Russell Perri / Kent Curtiss Band / Roxy King / 55 min.

7:00 PM – Opening Night Party with Opening Night Film Happy, Happy 

($30 for party and film or $7 for opening night film only - BUY TICKETS FOR FILM ONLY WITHOUT PARTY at 8:30 PM)

7:00 – 8:15 PM – Party with the filmmakers, fellow attendees and special guests as we celebrate the opening night of our 6th annual film festival! (hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served)

8:30 PM – Happy, Happy - Kaja is an optimistic and easygoing housewife—despite her loneliness and the fact that her husband won’t have sex with her. When Elisabeth and Sigve, who seem like the perfect husband and wife, move in next door, Kaja is thrilled by their sophistication. They’re beautiful, they have an adopted black son, and in their spare time, they sing in a choir. An indiscreet moment between Kaja and Sigve ignites a full-on affair, but just as her sexual liberation comes within reach, the inevitable truths and secrets tumble out—perhaps for the best.

Set in the dead of winter in the middle of nowhere, the locale of Happy, Happy is crucial to balancing the film as both sex comedy and drama. Director Anne Sewitsky allows her skilled actors to shine while dark humor, some flat-out hilarity, and tight storytelling drive this delightful look at the malleability and resilience of adult relationships. Norwegian with English subtitles / Winner in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival / 85 min.  Screening Sponsor Estes Park Brewery

Saturday September 17, 2011

12:15 PM – Filmmaker Q&A (Free Event - No Tickets Required)

Join us at the Park Theatre for this free event that will give festival attendees a chance to meet the creative geniuses behind some of the films we are presenting at the festival.

2:15 PM Short Film Program #1 (Documentaries)

Explore ghost towns in the wild west, visit the new frontier of ranching, learn about newest craze in mountain biking and discover a lost music hero.

Films in this program: Total Running Time: 95 minutes

Ghosts of the West (Preview Trailer) – Lost mines, abandoned diggings, ghost towns. Generations later, their stories continue to fascinate and intrigue. And even haunt us... Coming to the 2012 Estes Park Film Festival from filmmaker Ethan Knightchilde. Denver, CO / 3 min.

The New Frontier – The mythic American cowboy lifestyle has come under intense scrutiny as environmentalists have taken aim at a perceived 'frontier hangover.' However, some ranchers successfully buck this trend and improve the land health. Melinda Levin / Denton, TX / 25 min.

Bring the Riding to the People – Municipal mountain bike parks are a relatively new concept that, simply put, brings the excitement of off-road cycling to city-dwellers of all ages and skills. This is the story of three parks, in three very different communities, with one thing in common. All were built using sustainable practices on underused park land by an all-volunteer workforce in a remarkable show of cooperation among cities, land managers and private citizens to 'bring the riding to the people. Andrew Mudge, Andrew Kemler, Julie Morey & Valerie Vozza / 31 min.

Kevin – In Austin, TX in the early '90s, Kevin Gant was the Duplass Brothers' hero. They reveled in Kevin's exploratory musical style and playful spirituality. But in 1995, Kevin mysteriously disappeared. Jay Duplass' debut documentary explores who Kevin is, how he lost his inspiration, and what he must do to get it back.  Jay Duplass / Austin, TX / 36 min.
Total – 95 min.

5:00 PM - Bugeaters (Colorado Premiere)

Bugeaters – For over a century, fans of college football have followed the exploits and victories of The University of Nebraska football team, The Cornhuskers. However, the origins of the N.U. football team are a mystery...until now. Using tinted rotoscope animation and also staging historic recreations using actors, this documentary reveals for the first time the untold story of the first decade of Nebraska football, from 1890-1900, when the first N.U. football players were known as 'Bugeaters. Colorado Premiere / Jim Fields / Omaha, NE / 55 min.  Screening Sponsor Big Red of the Rockies

7:15 PM - Barry Corbin Tribute & Lifetime Achievement Award

Join us as we present legendary actor Barry Corbin with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 6th Annual Estes Park Film Festival September 17, 2011 at the Historic Park Theatre.  The award ceremony will also include a film retrospective of Corbin’s work and a lively question and answer session with the audience.

With more than 100 film and television credits, Emmy Award winning actor Barry Corbin is one of the most respected actors in Hollywood.
He may be best-known for his role as the crusty ex-astronaut Maurice Minnifield on the CBS series Northern Exposure.  He is also well remembered as General Beringer in WarGames, John Travolta's uncle in Urban Cowboy, co-starring with Clint Eastwood in Any Which Way You Can, and Roscoe Brown in the acclaimed western Lonesome Dove.  Recently, Barry had a memorable role in 2008's Oscar-winning film No Country for Old Men.

9:00 PM – Filmmaker & VIP reception at Mama Rose’s Italian Restaurant. (hors d'oeuvres & drinks will be served - Gold Pass and Filmmaker Pass required for entry)

Mama Rose's Italian Restaurant
338 East Elkhorn Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517
(970) 586-3330

9:30 PM – Short Film Program #2 (Suspense / Thriller / Edgy) 

Frankenstein played first run at the Park Theatre in 1931.  Now these very talented filmmakers will have their chance to scare and shock you with their own brand of Suspense and Horror!

>Chained – Under the backdrop of the blazing hot sun, a pack of inmates spend another routine day breaking dirt on the CHAIN GANG. The worst of the worst find themselves chained together in this short suspense thriller. Tensions flare as one inmate set on revenge, finds himself in a showdown with another inmate set on escape. How far down will a man go to make things right? Larkin Campbell & Shawn Driscoll / Calabasas, CA / 22 min.

Nobody But Her – The terrifying story of 8-year old Greta and her abusive grandmother. After her grandmother's strange death, two detectives work to unravel the mystery by questioning the young girl, leading them to the shocking truth. Phillip Jordan Brooks / Shreveport, LA / 7 min.

Time’s Up Eve – In the 1940s, a woman pursued through the city must elude shadowy figures who have claimed the souls of her friends and loved ones. Patrick Rea / Lawrence, KS / 13 min.

>Hell Week – “A little hazing never hurt anybody.” Patrick Rea / 10 min.

 A Verse Before Dying – Set in the 1850s Texas borderlands, the film tells the story of an orphaned boy, the Priest who looks after him, and the menacing stranger from the Priest's past who comes to town looking to settle an old score. Stephen Mick / Austin, TX / 14 min.

 The Grocery – The Grocery is a short thriller which depicts one grocery clerk’s fight to survive while a psychopathic killer roams the isles of their local grocery store. Jake Hull / Wahoo, NE / 4 min.
Total – 70 min.

Sunday September 18, 2011

1:15 PM – Short Film Program #3 (Comedy & Narrative Fiction)

Chance of Showers – When a man obsessed with the rain finds himself five years into a drought, the universe and a woman in a yellow rain jacket help him find his way out. David Spiegelman / 22 min.

Gus – A 'cave' boy with disruptive flatulence and his father live a cold life in the Alps, until the boy is sent outside and changes life forever. Animated / Andrew Martin / Spring Hill, Australia / 8 min.

The Crustacean Crisis – Cooking a fancy dinner for a hot date, a timid young guy doesn't have the heart to drop a lobster into boiling water, so he enlists his stoner roommate to help kill it more humanely, leading to a series of mishaps and mayhem as they race to kill the lobster before his date arrives. Phil Mirabito / Denver, CO / 9 min.

At Last Okemah! – A comedic retelling of Don Quxiote featuring Jeff-nominated actor Kevin Viol as Winston Thomas, a former hipster who becomes the self-styled greatest, most authentic folk singer of all time. After a mystical encounter, Winston embarks on a journey to Okemah, Oklahoma to be anointed by the spirit of Woody Guthrie. Michael Smith & Jonathan Cohon / Chicago, IL / 17 min.

The Ironic Death of My Uncle Gary – Believing he’s unintentionally responsible for the assassination of JFK, Gary swears off masturbation; setting in motion a chain of events which culminates in his demise. John Leach / Austin, TX / 8 min.

The Dance - Alex wants to be what he thinks Jenny wants him to be, but it’s only when he’s himself that they finally connect.  The Dance is a silent film, a romantic comedy with no dialogue, starring Pardis Parker (Combat Hospital) and Evany Rosen (Picnicface). Pardis Parker / 8 min.

Max Force – An out-of-work superhero searches for his identity... and a job. David Zelina / 10 min.
Total – 72 min.

3:15 PM – Short Film Program #4 (Narrative Fiction)

Figure Ground – Award winning director Scott Ligon documents the process of his father's death, eventually coming to terms with it not as a tragedy but as an inevitable part of life. Figure-Ground involved a very intense filming schedule in multiple locations with coordination of a cast and crew of over 50 people. The film is a hybrid of modified live action video, composite images and painted animation, all seamlessly integrated to create a unique and distinctive look to the finished film. Scott Ligon / Reminderville, OH / 11 min.

Homecoming – Homecoming' is a short film about Ibrahim, a Nigerian man, and his American wife, Lily. After his sister's death, Ibrahim and Lily take in her son, Yakubu, but because of the tragedy of losing his mother and being uprooted, he chooses to only speak in Hausa (a northern Nigerian language) even though he can speak English fluently, thus alienating Lily. Miriam Agwai / New York / 15 min. 

Tour de Seward – Kristopher Peck rides his Ultimate Wheel off the beaten path in Seward, Alaska. Watch closely as he skillfully maneuvers across challenging terrain on his custom built seatless unicycle. Filmed in October 2009, this five minute movie also captures a snapshot in time of a dynamic and ever-changing community. Historic buildings, WWII bunkers, archaic fishing boats, and abundance of natural beauty provide an intriguing backdrop for this unique guided tour. Kristopher Peck / Seward, AK / 5 min. 

The Escape – Jasper, a lowly worker in one of England's filthiest prisons, serves as the hangman's assistant and cleans up the bodies of the dead. When he learns that his estranged son, William, has been imprisoned for petty theft and is set to hang, Jasper must reconnect with William and find a way to break him free. Paul Merryman / West Toluca Lake, CA / 25 min.

Nantucket - A woman that has been stuck for too long with bad company, wants to change her life style. Jerimiah Whitlock / Estes Park, CO / 10 min.
Total – 66 min.

5:30 PM - Photos of Angie (with opening film I AM) 

I Am – A PSA about the negative effects of prejudice and discrimination against the GBLTQ community. Amber Lorenz / Estes Park, CO / 5 min.

Photos of Angie – This haunting documentary deals with the brutal killing of Angie Zapata, a transgender teen from Greeley, Colorado who was murdered in July, 2008. Through archive footage, interviews with family, reporters, lawmakers and activists the film interweaves Angie story while revealing what it means to be transgender and how often they are victims of hate crimes. Alan Dominguez / Denver, CO / 55 min.

The family of Angie Zapata will be attendance at the screening.

7:30 PM - Closing Night Party, Awards Gala & Film "The River Why"

7:30 – 8:30 PM

- One last chance to mingle and party with the filmmakers and special guests! A silent auction benefiting the Estes Park Film Festival's non-profit mission will also be held. (hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served)

Silent Auction items:

4 Disneyland Park Tickets
Jackson Hole Grand Tetons Getaway for Two People
2 Tickets to Elitch Gardens
Denver Museum Package
Fender Squire Acoustic Guitar

8:45 PM - Awards Ceremony for filmmakers and silent auction winners announced.

(Estes Park's version of the Oscars. Not to be missed!)

9:15 PM - Closing Night Film "The River Why"

9:15 PM - The River Why  

The River Why

– A big hit at film festivals across the country, The River Why is the story of 20 year old Gus Orviston, the Mozart of flyfishing, who leaves his big city home in rebellion from his family to live in a secluded cabin on the banks of a wild river. Instead of finding fishing bliss, his desolation drives him on a reluctant quest for self-discovery. In the process he comes in contact with an assortment of eccentric characters who help him in his journey to adulthood. Most of all, The River Why is a love story. The love of a man for the wilderness, and for a beautiful woman who comes to share it with him. Starring Zach Gilford, Amber Heard, Kathleen Quinlan, Dallas Roberts, William Devane, William Hurt / Produced by Kristi Denton Cohen / Written by Thomas Cohen and John Jay Osborn / Directed by Matthew Leutwyler / 101 min

Showcasing thirty-five of the latest independent films from around the world, the 6th Annual Estes Park Film Festival took place September 16-18, 2011 at the Historic Park Theatre in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado at the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. This was the website that was used to promote this 2011 Festival. Filmmakers, industry professionals from around the world, and festival attendees travel to Estes Park to enjoy the diverse selection of independent feature-length films, documentaries and short films. 2011 was the last year the Estes Park Film Festival was promoted on this site.

Once the site's domain expired, EstesParkFilmFestival.com disappeared from the web. Recently I saw that its domain was available so I bought it with the intention of recreating a snapshot of the site that would retain the spirit of the original website. I definitely didn't want someone else purchasing the domain and re-purposing it for something that had nothing in common with the festival.


Since the site will not be exactly as you remember it, please be indulgent
Now let's take a nostalgic stroll back to 2011.