Arts / Film

Film Festival presents ‘out of the ordinary’ program

NederlandFilmFestivalcolorlogoBy Jennifer Pund
It’s always fun to see a film shot in your hometown. The familiar settings provide a connection to the work, and the viewer can feel proud their local spot is on display. Nederland residents can experience that feeling for themselves at the inaugural Nederland Film Festival, Sept. 16-17, at the Backdoor Theatre. Event programers at Colorado Festival Productions have curated a series of “not your average films, for not your average town” featuring local filmmakers, actors and an award-winning short created in Nederland.

SalmonShowing more than 12 local films with five features, 21 short films, and nine international shorts that are “anything but ordinary,” the festival is open to all levels and the films are family friendly. Screenings take place throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday with a free party featuring Card Catalog and happy hour pricing at the Clock Tower Collective/Salto Coffee Works, 112 E. 2nd St., to kick things off on Friday from 6-8 p.m. Festival information and passes will be available at the event as well.

The Mountain Midlife Group joins in the fun on Saturday evening when they offer a special an “Italian Night” dinner in between festival screenings and before a feature-length story featuring an Italian-themed story.

earthColorado Festival Productions, which has created six other Colorado-based film festivals is “excited” to bring it’s mission to Nederland with the first Nederland Film Festival. “The Backdoor Theatre does a great job of bringing films to town, but we’re bringing the filmmakers and creating a unique experience for our audiences,” Festival Producer and Curator Jill Brook said. “Colorado Festival Productions has a mission to bring film to communities that may not have access to both Colorado filmmakers and International fare that isn’t typically shown at the multiplex. [Audiences] can respond to the films and ask questions and have that one-on-one experience with the filmmakers that makes it so special.”

riftBrook said she “reflected on the town’s sensibilities” with her film curation because Nederland is such a “unique place.” She felt the festival was a location to highlight the area’s talent and “not just films that speak to everyone, but to showcase films I think might resonate with someone who lives around Ned. Films about music and outdoor adventures, sure, but also about identity and growing up,” she said. “Films that aren’t your standard fare, but reflect a unique perspective.”

Nederland locals are represented in 11 films with a connection to the immediate area. Cooper Pagano, who grew up in Nederland, is screening his first film “Rift,” while long-time local filmmaker and Oscar-winner, Eric Abramson, will be screening and answering questions following the award-winning “The Cove” and excerpts from his Leftover Salmon documentary, “Years in your Ears.”

happyMore screenings from local film makers can be had all weekend. Molly Kruezman is a director from Oregon, but one of her cast members in her “Earth Seasoned” is Thea Smith who grew up in Nederland and still has family there. Filmed locally at the now-shuttered Black Forest restaurant, the award-winning short film, “Happy F-ing Valentine’s Day,” includes many locals as extras. “Expedition” is an “amazing art film” shot in the Indian Peaks area. “The Trail of Kezbegi” features Boulder mountain bikers in the Caucasus Mountains of Russia.

A $50 pass is good for the full weekend or take advantage of the “Ned Fest Deal” to catch a selection of short films, plus one feature film for just $10. The films are for all ages and experience levels. “We have a program of family-friendly films, programs to please music lovers. It’s everything from comedy to art films to documentaries,” Brook said. “Film festivals are for everyone. This is not a high-brow event that you need to purchase tickets months in advance for, nor do you need to be a film aficionado. Festivals are all about the fun of film.”

coveThe Kickoff Party on Friday at the Clock Tower Collective at 6 p.m. includes a peek of the festival’s programming and more. “We will provide the weekend program, and also show two great films for free. Check out “Colorado, A Living Landscape,” by Colorado filmmaker Jason Hatfeld and “The Trail of Kezbegi” by Colorado filmmaker Joey Schusler.

Support the Nederland Area Seniors by attending their “Italian Night” community dinner open to everyone. Adults can enjoy spaghetti, meatballs, garlic bread, salad and fruit for $10 or $5 for anyone over 60 and $4 for kids age 12 and under. The open seating runs from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Nederland Community Center. A glass of Nederland-based Augustina’s Winery wine will be available for an additional $5.

1-0“A Sunday Afternoon of Films” is offered at the Backdoor Theatre on the final day of the event. The day of screenings begins at 1 p.m. with shorts from around the world. “Afternoon Tea” from Sweden begins the day followed by four short films from Iran. Additional films from France and China are included along with several more by Colorado filmmakers.

An evening program, beginning at 5 p.m. is a “must stay and see,” featuring the local premier showing of “The Cove” about Japan’s capture and slaughter of dolphins. The evening ends with the premier of “Body and Soul: An American Bridge,” focusing on the early performance history of one of jazz’s most recorded standards

To learn more, visit and purchase tickets at or find Coloradofests on Facebook.


10:00am : Family

Fish Saman Hosseinpour
4 min, Iran

Cradle Zanyar Lotfi
5 min, Iran

1-0 Saman Hosseinpuor
1 min, Iran

CO, A Living Landscape Jason Hatfeld
4 min, Denver

Autumn Leaves Saman Hosseinpuor
4min, Iran

Pursuit of Beauty Kassia Binkowski, AJ Oscarson
5 min, Boulder, CO

A Whole World For A Little World Fabrice Bracq
15 min, France


11:30: Identity, Growing Up Outdoors

Earth Seasoned: The Gap Year Molly Kreuzman
1 hour, 15 min, Oregon


1:00: Identity, Growing Up Queer

Sisak Faraz Ansari
15 min, India

Man Crush Richard Louprasong
10 min, MN

Happy F’ing Valentine’s Day Jeremy Dehn
14 min, Denver, CO


2:30: Identity, Growing Up Coy

Growing Up Coy Eric Juhola
1 hr 22 min, CO


4:00: Music Shorts

More Than A Barbershop Fernando Otero
18 min, Ireland

Excerpts from: Years In Your Ears Eric Abramson
18 min, Nederland, CO

The Magnolia Road Song Brent Warren
3 min, Nederland, CO


7:30: An Opera Discovery

The Way To Andina Arlen Parsa
1 hour, 10 min, IL


9:00: Alternative Culture

Sky Tribe Chronicle Greg Lauer
15 min, Boulder, CO

The Expedition Damon Mohl
17 min, IN

Rift Cooper Dahlen-Pagano
21 min, Nederland, CO

A Space To Call Home Murphy Martin
15 min, CA



1:00: International Shorts

Afternoon Tea Maria Fredriksson
13 min, Sweden

Fish Saman Hosseinpour
4 min, Iran

Cradle Zanyar Lotfi
5 min, Iran

1-0, Saman Hosseinpuor
1 min, Iran

Summer Park, Micheal Benko
15 min, China

Autumn Leaves, Saman Hosseinpuor
4 min, Iran

A Whole World For A Little World, Fabrice Bracq
15 min, France


2:30: Family Life Is A Circus

Circus City USA Adam Michael Wright
30 min, OK


3:30: Celebrating Local Filmmakers

The Trail of Kezbegi Joey Schusler
16 min, Boulder, CO

SkyTribe Chronicle Greg Lauer
15 min, Boulder, CO

Girl Meets Germs Chris Freeman
7 min, Greeley, CO

Happy F’ing Valentine’s Day Jeremy Dehn
14 min, Denver, CO


5:00: Save the Dolphins

The Cove Louie Psihoyos
2 hours, 17 min, NY


7:30: Music, Race & Religion

Body and Soul: An American Bridge Robert Philipson
58 min, CA


© Originally published in the September 2017 issue of the MMAC Monthly


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