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State of the State October 20th

State of the State 10-20-2014

Colorado Film Industry Leaders and Members to Convene at

CFVA’s State of the State Summit Meeting on Monday, October 20th, 2014

The Colorado Film and Video Association (CFVA) today announced the State of the State Summit Meeting that will gather together Colorado’s visual media leaders to discuss the Colorado film industry.   The meeting has been scheduled at the Sie FilmCenter at 2510 East Colfax Avenue, at 6:00pm.  Patrick Hackett, CFVA board member will moderate an industry leading panel who will be speaking at the event including:


Donald ZuckermanDonald Zuckerman: Film Commissioner, Colorado Office of Television, Film & Media






Sheila Ivy TraisterSheila Ivy Traister:  Actor / Writer / Director

Sheila is the SAG-AFTRA Colorado Local President and is an award-winning actress with over 30+ years in Film, Television, Theater, Broadcast, Animation and Voice-Over work. Her depth of experience behind the camera as a director, writer, script consultant and coach gives her a unique perspective on professionalism within the industry.




Frederick LaheyFrederick Lahey, Founder and Director, Colorado Film School

Frederic holds a BA in Philosophy and an MFA in Film, Writing/Directing from Columbia University in the City of New York. He is the founder and Director of the Colorado Film School, and has created professional training programs in film and video for Red Rocks Community College, University of Colorado Denver - College of Arts & Media, Community College of Aurora, and Regis University – College for Professional Studies.






Greg-BabcockGreg Babcock: DGA Representative

Greg has been working in the film industry in Colorado and in different parts of the country since for quite some time. Having been part of many types of production and having seen the industry change over the years, he hopes to share his insight and experience to help elevate CFVA and our community to a national recognition of film professionals




Hylar-GarciaHaylar Garcia: Local Indie Director

Writer/director HAYLAR GARCIA is currently represented by the ICM Agency and Heitmann Entertainment in LA. Haylar is an outspoken proponent of film and film industry in Colorado. He believes that the key to earnest and well rounded growth is to back efforts which bring more professional film into Colorado and to strongly urge indies to produce increasingly better content on a local level.




There is a jammed packed agenda for the State of the State industry meeting and the summit will focus on topical issues in the Colorado Film Industry including:

$44M THE HATEFUL EIGHT Quentin Tarantino Production to Shoot in Telluride, Colorado

With this substantial budget, Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight will be the biggest production to come to Colorado since True Grit was filmed there in 1969. "The whole movie's going to be shot here, exteriors and interiors," said Colorado film commissioner Donald Zuckerman. "They're going to build it on a ranch."

Zuckerman believes the movie will bring many benefits to Colorado. He expects that state tourism will grow exponentially because of The Hateful Eight since people love to visit the places where their favorite movies were filmed. In addition, with the latest Tarantino film at the helm, Colorado is once again reminding the film industry the depth and breadth of its crew base. The state is proud that its talent pool can easily accommodate large filming projects such as The Hateful Eight and Fast & Furious 7.

“One of the things we get questions about all the time is: Do you have skilled crew? This is an affirmation that we have skilled crew,” Zuckerman said. “I think getting this [The Hateful Eight] is a phenomenal coup for Colorado.”

Colorado’s generous film incentive package which includes a 20% cash rebate program definitely helped tip the scale to its favor. With a budget of $44 million, The Hateful Eight’s budget for Colorado is approximately $15.7 million. As part of the agreement, the production promises to hire 168 Colorado crew and to spend at least $9.35 million in Colorado for other film-related expenses (such as lodging for example).

Donald Zuckerman will lead the discussion on the production and answer questions from the audience.