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Check Out This Kickstarter - Hungry Ghosts by Douglas Cushnie

Check out this Kickstarter Program.  There's only a few days left to hep them hit their goal.


A narrative short film about a young addict and his father, who struggles to cope with his son's opiate addiction.

Colorado Senate passed the 2014-15 budget

Dear CINEMA supporter,


The Colorado Senate passed the 2014-15 budget, which includes $5 million in new funding for media production. Our lobbying efforts, led by Melissa Kuipers, successfully defended the funding from seven amendments, including one by a vote of 18-17. 


Thank you to everyone who was able send messages of support to some of our Senators. I know that it can feel like a fire drill, and that's exactly what it is. Rather than explain it, I'd direct you to watch some House of Cards and you'll get the gist!  Needless to say, every single email makes a difference on a vote of 18-17.

  Thank you, Mike   -- Michael Haskins
Attorney and Counselor at Law
Haskins Law Group

Colorado Film and TV Production needs your help

This issue will be decided today. Tomorrow is to late. We need your immediate help. Let them know how much this means to you.

Please email the Senators below, right now, and ask them to:


Colorado's Film and Television Rebate Program is a SUCCESS!!

The Film and Television Rebate Program brings revenue and jobs to rural Colorado! Don't hurt rural Colorado!

Since the passage of HB 1286 by Rep. Ferrandino/Rep. Massey in 2012, Colorado's film, television, and video game production has skyrocketed and the state/cities have collected significant sales tax as a result.


This is a REBATE PROGRAM, not a traditional incentive or "handout."  In order to qualify for the 20% rebate, a production company must be approved in advance by the Economic Development Commission,  employ at least a 50% Colorado workforce, file their taxes in Colorado, and have a Colorado CPA audit their production.

At the completion of the production, and after all of the prior qualifications have been met, then the company will receive 20% back of the amount they spent in Colorado.

In short, Colorado retains 80% of every dollar spent by these production companies, and their spending on each project averages millions for the Colorado economy.

Legislator Email Contacts:

Baumgardner, Randy

Grantham, Kevin

Herpin, Bernie

JBC approves new funding for Colorado media!

Late yesterday afternoon, Colorado’s Joint Budget Committee approved the Governor’s $5 million allocation to fund Colorado’s media production incentive for the 2014-2015 budget. This will now be voted on in the long bill. 


Please write a note thanking the members of the committee who believe in creating Colorado jobs and stimulating our economy. Letting them know that we appreciate their support and that we’re actively aware/involved in this process is critical to bringing our industry to the collective forethought. 


Those members deserving our thanks:

Senator Pat Steadman -

Representative Jenise May -

Representative Crisanta Duran-

Connect for Health Colorado store

Colorado Connect For Health

Get Help Enrolling in Health Insurance at our 16th Street Mall Store
Coloradans have a new resource for signing up for health insurance before the March 31 deadline. Visit the Connect for Health Colorado store on the 16th Street Mall behind H&M (500 16th Street, between Glenarm and Welton) to sit down with an expert Customer Support Representative from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily until March 31. Connect for Health Colorado and partners are offering many outreach and enrollment events across the state. Find events here. More information is available at and you can reach the Customer Service Center at 1-855-752-6749.

Understanding the March 31 Deadline
The deadline for uninsured Coloradans to enroll in commercial health insurance for 2014 is March 31. After that, uninsured Coloradans cannot get commercial coverage until 2015 unless they have a special circumstance, such as losing a job that provided coverage or moving to the state. The next open enrollment period will be November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015. Coloradans can apply for Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus at any point during the year. More information is available here.

Individual Penalty for Not Having Health Insurance May Be Higher Than You Think
The penalty for not having health insurance in 2014 is not as simple as many people think, and probably more than the $95 minimum under the federal health law. The Tax Policy Center has an ACA Tax Penalty Calculator that can show the penalty amount with just a few clicks. Click here for the calculator. National Public Radio has a new story about the penalty here.

Thank you for your continued support.

Connect for Health Colorado


On April 26th, 2014 hundreds of filmmakers, non-profit organizations, and inspired citizens will document stories and investigate 10 questions for the future of Denver as part of a city-wide, participatory media-creation event. The resulting media will be showcased in an interactive geo-tagged archive and a TV series on the future of the American city. In addition, local media partners will showcase the most powerful and inspiring videos created during the one-day filmmaking event.



One Day in Denver from One Day on Earth on Vimeo.

FREE Health Insurance Enrollment Fair

Colorado Connect For Health

Saturday, March 15th, 1 – 4pm
The Evanston Center


2122 S. Lafayette Street (at Lafayette & Evans)
Denver, CO 80210.
303-­722-­7217 &


Are you enrolled in health insurance?
What about your family & friends?


Anyone not enrolled in health insurance coverage by March 31st may face a penalty of $95 OR 1% of household income -­whichever is greater!

   Certified Health Coverage Guides will be providing free, in-­‐person assistance to help you enroll in Medicaid, if applicable,or purchase health insurance through the Connect for Health Colorado marketplace.

Colorado Connect For Health


DENVER – March 4, 2014 - The Colorado Film and Video Association (CFVA) today announced seven new members joining the CFVA board, all for a three-year term. Elections were held last week on CINEMA day at an evening CFVA member event at The Loft restaurant in downtown Denver on Wednesday, February 26th.

The new members joining the CFVA board are:

  • Stephen Felt
  • Elizabeth Sujin Ford
  • Jonathan Fulton
  • Patrick Hackett
  • Deb Illig
  • Joel Pilger
  • Maurice Sparks

Twelve candidates were submitted in nomination for seven open seats. “We are thrilled with the active participation of the CFVA membership in furthering the leadership on the board, “said Leslie Allen, CFVA Board Chair, “we welcome our new board members and look forward to their active participation in growing the CFVA organization, now and into the future.”

CFVA board elections were one of many events that happened during CINEMA day utilized to raise awareness of the economic benefits the film industry brings to the citizens of Colorado and to also recognize the catalyst film incentives have had in bringing new business and film production into the state.

CINEMA day on February 26th was jam-packed with events including a film crew of Colorado professionals at the state capital that afternoon shooting state legislators in classic Hollywood moments, and an evening reception for all CINEMA day participants, a CFVA celebration at The Loft with election of new board members, and a one-day membership drive to the CFVA that netted 14 new members.

Read more about the new board members here

The Making of Hanna Ranch

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The Making of Hanna Ranch

If you are a Colorado cinephile or filmmaker, chances are you have heard about Mitch Dickman’s Hanna Ranch. The feature documentary, about an eco-cowboy who struggles to protect his ranch’s ecosystem from the encroachment of development and misuse, has been making the rounds of the film festival circuit including Denver’s very own STARZ Film Festival. “The idea of an eco-cowboy was something I had never heard of and I wanted to learn more. As I discovered more, I realized that Kirk Hanna (the film’s focus) was a microcosm of something much bigger.” says Mr. Dickman, Director/Producer of Hanna Ranch and founder of Listen Productions.

Mr. Dickman set out to make a dramatic narrative about a despondent cowboy. “But we decided to make it a documentary in the fall of 2009 after I had met Ann (Kirk's wife) that summer. I had approached her about optioning her life rights to make a narrative feature after reading about their story in the Rocky Mountain News in the fall of 2008. Ann was definitely not comfortable with the idea of a narrative and I'll never forget her rolling out hundreds of laminated newspaper articles about Kirk on the floor of her house saying ‘there's your film’... and she was right.”