Updated September 2017 Built as a movie theater in 1927, The Oriental Theater showed films daily for decades. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Colorado, the venue is located in Denver’s Berkeley neighborhood. According to The Westword, the venue “…hit a rough patch in the ’50s, during the flight to the suburbs. In an effort to boost attendance in the ’60s, the theater was updated with plush seating, new carpeting, fresh paint and a bigger projection screen. That screen soon went dark, however, and over the next few decades, the Oriental slid into disrepair.
“Although a few attempts were made to revitalize the space in the ’90s, none of the owners had the vision or staying power to capitalize on the theater’s substantial assets.” In 2005, “…new owners took over the venue and gave it an overdue facelift, later installing professional sound and lighting systems. These days, the Oriental brings in a diverse stream of local and national entertainment.”
Known for its innovative programs and exciting film, theater and acting events, The Bug Theater has hosted some of Denver’s most unique live entertainment experiences for more than 13 years, including Freak Train and Equinox Theater.
On the third Thursday of every month, local filmmaker Patrick Sheridan, hosts the Emerging Filmmakers Project (EFP). This event is a great opportunity to screen your work, network with other creatives locally, and support your fellow indie filmmakers.
Patrick is assisted at the EFP by Director of Film Festivals Eileen Agosta, Director of Social Media and Educational Outreach Mike Henderson, Director of Media and Design Bradley Haag, Screening Board “Monster” Midian Crosby, Vadim Elkind, Kate Lowell, Johnny Morehouse, Jamey Hastings, Mark Took, and Arthur Martinez. Exotic brews are provided by Ryan Carroll and Cutting Room Floor Brewery.
Patrick is also involved with The Film Acting Academy of Denver. “Our belief is that great acting happens in the absence of anything planned or rehearsed and that the secret to having great moments in front of the camera is to simply be yourself, be ‘in the moment,’ and to trust that something amazing will happen once the camera starts rolling because, well, it always does.” Patrick Sheridan
Team members for the theater include Executive Director Alex Weimer, Co-Executive Director Joni Pierce, Financial Operations Manager Rachel Gonzalez, Director of Marketing Deb Flomberg, and Entertainment Consultant (aka Complaint Mgr.) Terry Clauthe. For updated information and current events, contact The Bug Theater.
Our Infinite Perimeter film festival judges include Festival Director, Sharlene Holt aka “Vengeancia”, along with Sarah Ullom, Elle Ullom, Jeremiah Love, Tony Marzano and Deuvall Dorsey, to name but a few. Here’s a downloadable copy of the 2017 program, PDF.
Sharlene is completing classes at UCDenver’s College of Arts & Media in Theater in Film and Video Production. Her background includes a Master’s in Instructional Technology with extensive experience working as Sr. Technical Training & Documentation Specialist for Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, Raytheon and other defense contractors. Sharlene is also an accomplished musician and multi-instrumentalist. Learn more about her projects & music.
Sarah is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Biology with a Chemistry minor at Metro State of Denver. A Colorado native and “urban farmer,” Sarah has a passion for returning to nature and traditional ways of eating. Elle Ullom (right) is a Colorado native and film enthusiast. Her interests include script writing, acting, modeling, hair/makeup, and camera work. Activism is her pastime…but Horror is her passion! An avid rock climbing enthusiast, Elle is working currently on a screenplay for a psychodrama, which centers on a female rock climber experiencing voices that call her further and further from her friends and reality itself.
Deuvall Dorsey (R) is an Activist and Filmmaker around Nevada and the West, mainly. Learn more about his projects at Redefine Cannabis.
Tony Marzano has been actively writing screenplays for over a decade. His first feature, A Moment of Silence, a story centered around 9/11, placed high in two major screenplay contests. His most recent screenplay project is an action/adventure trilogy titled Environmental Fall Out. This story delves into what our future environment might become and what we can do to rebuild it. He is currently writing/directing/producing a short film titled Second Shot that attempts to bring some humanity to the recent wave of police shootings.
Jeremiah Love is one of the up and coming filmmakers of our time. While pursuing his studies in film at UCDenver’s College of Arts & Media, his current projects include The U.S.S. Lethe, The Runaway, and Crime and Punishment (A Modern Telling), which he plans to release next year. Jeremiah is also planning Negro League Baseball in 2019. Jeremiah strongly supports the spirit of activism in modern filmmaking.
If you are interested in helping as a judge, sponsor, volunteer, or venue, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! To learn more about these and other exciting new activism events planned at The Bug Theater and all around the Denver area, text/call Sharlene Holt, (720) 298-1524. Also, find more information at FilmFreeway.