TriMedia highlights

Sep 032008
Authors: Glen Pfeifer

Brian Mueller used to just make videos for his family. Now, the junior math education major will watch a production of his own on the silver screen this weekend alongside professional films from around the world.

In March, Mueller and his crew, consisting of CSU sophomores Ben Vacha, an electrical engineering major, Auston Brecht, an open option major and Kurt Tiedemann, a junior psychology major, participated in CSU’s annual Rams With Cams film festival and competition, and their first-place winning entry caught the eye of TriMedia Film Festival representatives looking for videos to showcase in the student section of their festival.

“Our video is called “Philosophy 478″ … It is basically about a day in the life of a penny. It starts in the lagoon, goes around to different places on campus through various characters, and ends up in the hands of a student in a class called Philosophy 478 who tosses it into a fountain while learning about American superstitions,” Mueller said.

Now the crew will participate in the festival, taking place this weekend in various locations of downtown Fort Collins.

In the past, the American film industry has been divided between the East and West coasts, with Los Angeles and New York City hogging the spotlight.

But now, with the wider availability of production equipment, independent filmmaking is running rampant – which is how the TriMedia Film Festival, and other similar events, are made possible.

The TriMedia Film Festival, named for its focus on film, television and theater productions, is now in its third year as a part of downtown Fort Collins traditions.

The film festival is the only festival in the country that has a unique three-pronged focus, as well as the only festival with a PG-13 or equivalent rating limit for submissions.

This year, more than 50 entries will be shown over three days, starting Friday and running through Sunday at various downtown locations, including the Lincoln Center, Everyday Joe’s Coffee House, the Sunset Event Center, the Bas Bleu Theatre and the Lyric Cinema Cafe. Entries shown will include feature-length films, documentaries, short films, television pilots, original theater performances and selections of student works from around the area.

Carol Van Natta, co-director of the festival and president of Horsetooth Productions, said she is often asked by film-goers which one film they should see if they can only see one.

“It’s impossible to pick,” Van Natta said, “because it’s like, ‘what do you like? ‘There is something for everyone.” The festival traditionally includes a panel of independent filmmakers and industry professionals who allow the audience to pick their brains about what it’s like to be an independent filmmaker.

“In the world of independent film, most people wear more than one hat. It’s just the nature of the beast – it’s true across the board that even if you weren’t credited, you probably ended up holding a light during the shooting,” Van Natta said.

“Philosophy 478” can be seen along with other student productions at noon this Sunday at the Bas Bleu Theatre.

Single event tickets to all parts of the festival as well as all-festival passes are available for purchase at the door of all showings through the weekend.

Single event tickets and festival passes can be purchased at the door of the event location before each showing. Prices range from $10-$150.

More information can be found at

Staff writer Glen Pfeiffer can be reached at

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