History Colorado is partnering with the Denver Film Society and CINEMA (Colorado Innovators of New Entertainment Media & Arts) to host a student film competition for students in grade six through graduate school designed to foster appreciation and interest in creating films in Colorado’s historic places.
The top ten proposals were greenlighted for production to create a 2-5 minute short films about Colorado’s historic places. Each film student will be paired with a film industry professional to serve as their mentor, as well as a historic preservation expert from History Colorado to serve as a resource guide.
Additionally, each project will receive up to $400 in reimbursements to produce their film.
These top ten films will be loaded onto a the Vimeo group Filming in Colorado’s Historic Places for a "People’s Choice" voting period and will be screened by a jury on May 16, 2013 at the Denver Film Society’s SIE FilmCenter. Jury members will include top local producers and the Colorado State Film Commissioner. Winning films will be announced during Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month celebrations at the History Colorado Center on May 17.
Film competition sponsors include: Colorado Film and Video Association, Girl Scouts of Colorado, Havey Productions, Hendricks Financial Services, and Walk the Line Films.
Ry Feder Pruett & Ryan Walter Blair
Bent’s Old Fort, The Fort (Restaurant)
This film will juxtapose a historic Colorado landmark with a modern, but still historic, Colorado cultural site to explore how each symbolizes their respective time periods and to draw parallels between the two locations. The historic landmark is Bent’s Old Fort in Otero County, Colorado, and the modern historic site is the restaurant modeled after this landmark known as The Fort, located in Morrison, Colorado. The film will show similarities and differences in Colorado culture between 1846 and 2013, which is mostly expressed through visuals of the two Colorado locations. The story centers on a soldier in the midst of battle during the Mexican-American War of 1846 at Bent’s Fort who is suddenly transported through time and space to the site’s modern replica, The Fort restaurant.
This documentary will tell the story of Chautauqua by capturing the physical elegance and architectural details of the landmark. The film will explore how the growth of Boulder has been influenced by Chautauqua, told partly through stories from those who have been a part of the Chautauqua Movement.
This short film will tell the story of the last days of Wild West showman Buffalo Bill Cody and the subsequent fight for his body and right to decide his final resting place between members of the town of Cody, Wyoming, and Bill Cody’s family. Through this story, the film will examine humanity’s greed and the blinding human desire to be famous and a part of history, even at the cost of blood. It will be shot mostly on and around where Bill Cody himself wanted to be buried, Lookout Mountain, which offers one of the best views in the whole state of both the plains and the Rockies.
This documentary will capture the history and the iconic features within Denver’s Cheesman Park, including its Yule marble pavilion and Japanese Tea House. The film will showcase its historical significance in the modernization of Denver and its wide range of uses over time, from its role as the city’s first burial ground to a safe place for today’s youth to kick around a soccer ball.
Scarlett Del Giudice
Various iconic places in Colorado
“How the West Was Filmed” will explore places in Colorado made famous in exemplary films, such as the Rio Grande Western Railroad, where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was filmed, and Civic Center Park, where In the Line of Fire was shot. In addition to capturing the magnificence of these beautiful historical areas, the documentary will interlace short clips of films that feature the Colorado landscape as well as inform the audience of the historical significance of these film settings.
This documentary will highlight the importance of the archaeological field schools of Adams State College in an effort to draw more people to Colorado for the programs. With original music and powerful voiceovers, the film will include clips from past field schools and interviews with principal investigator, Dr. Richard Goddard, as well as others involved in the program.
The story of Manitou Springs will come alive in this narrative about the town’s significance as well as how it has become a successful tourist spot without compromising its small town atmosphere. The film will feature the railway to Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, and other important buildings around town.
Hotel Colorado / Glenwood Springs
This film will tell the story of Glenwood Springs’ Hotel Colorado, which was built to accommodate wealthy travelers, including such notable people as the Unsinkable Molly (Margaret) Brown and President Theodore Roosevelt. The film will focus on the hotel during the 1920s when gangsters were known to frequent it, including the infamous, Al Capone, who will be one of the main characters.
Dynamic sites throughout the Front Range
This film will tell the story of the unusual and sometimes strange events that have occurred at some of Colorado’s most well-known places and how the dynamic histories of these sites change how each generation views their significance. For example, the Molly Brown House is known for its association with Molly Brown and her adventure on the Titanic, but also for its recorded ghost hauntings, as well as the house that sparked the preservation movement in Denver when it was almost torn down, which led to the founding of Historic Denver, Inc., an organization that has gone on to protect many cultural and historic landmarks in the city. Some other locations with eclectic histories include: Lumber Baron’s Inn, Angevine Middle School, and the Stanley Hotel.
This narrative film will tell a story of adventure and youth while showcasing the majesty of southwestern Colorado’s landscape and its historical mining culture and sites. Traveling through rural southwest Colorado, a young boy and his mother stop at a roadside diner, where the boy finds a map on a children’s menu that leads to a horde of gold lost long ago. When his mother steps away to take a phone call, the boy sets out on a quest through the desert to find the abandoned mine where, legend has it, the gold is buried. His long journey takes him across varied terrain and finally to the mine, where he encounters a competitor in an old miner who also seeks the buried treasure.