Introduction

YOUR BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK AT FILMS NOT COMING SOON TO A THEATER NEAR YOU...This blog is dedicated to promoting the art of independent filmmaking. The films profiled here are conceived and created outside the studio system and are brought to you, the public, without the aid of a major distributor. Though they might experience a limited theatrical release, they will largely be available to wider audiences through outlets like Netflix, YouTube or by direct purchase.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

UGH...do I DARE???


                                   


Gracing the small screen once again...


Catch me today on KREX pimping tonight's FREE Community Cinema screening of BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING!  This film appeals to both artists and "non-artists" (aren't we really ALL artists in our own way?) alike.  It's a funny, irreverent and ultimately uplifting look at the life and career of artist and production designer Wayne White.  Its core message:  human beings are innately creative and creativity is needed in every aspect of life.  Discover what you're passionate about, tap into your creative spirit and put yourself out into the world, regardless of what others might think.  If you believe in yourself and what you're doing, the world will follow.



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Beauty is Embarrassing



Off the Grid Films takes to the airwaves today on KAFM from 12:30-1:00 MST to discuss BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING - THE WAYNE WHITE STORY.   As a big fan of Pee-wee's Playhouse as a kid, I was fascinated to get a close look at the man responsible for creating and voicing the darkly entrancing puppets and set pieces transmitted to my starkly contrasting middle class family room every Saturday morning.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

OTGF set to interview LA SOURCE producer Jordan Wagner


Another late night prepping for my interview with the producer of LA SOURCE, the story of an unassuming hero who captured the hearts of an elite community.  LA SOURCE helps us recognize the potential in each and every human being to transform the lives of those less fortunate. Trying desperately to structure an interview that will extract the essence of this cinematic odyssey.  Fending off sleep and wondering where my brain cells have escaped to...

Friday, October 19, 2012

GJ represents for REVEAL THE PATH










Despite the fact that, in typical GJ style, NO ONE bothered to purchase their tickets in advance, flooding the box office in numbers 300+ 15 minutes before the show...AND...despite the fact that my husband's work extended into the late night hours and left me desperate for child care and running out the door last minute with neither a coat and nor my new digital camera (hence the crappy iphone photos)...

Good vibes STILL managed to fill the air as REVEAL THE PATH screened for a Grand Valley audience that packed the house and left the Mesa Theater's owners scrambling for extra seats!  How perfect to host this film in the mountain biking mecca that is the Grand Valley.  I know, easy sell, right?

The second film from director Mike Dion delivered his trademark flair for blending breathtaking landscapes and intense biking sequences with meditative reflection on the spiritual side of connecting with nature and exploring the broad palette of humanity that audiences familiar with RIDE THE DIVIDE, which Dion produced, anticipated coming in.

We were honored to the share the spotlight of last night's event with members of COPMOBA and the organizers of the F-TOWN GEARDOWN, some of the many visionaries who saw in this region the potential for world-class mountain biking and whose tireless efforts are transforming that dream into reality.  

Seriously.  I really need to get my circa-1994 Specialized hybrid onto REAL dirt more than once in its lifetime...

REVEAL THE PATH left viewers hungering for the thrill of the ground-level adventure that only biking will satiate. The moviegoers I spoke with left the theater feeling inspired and empowered to venture out and discover the treasures that lie just beyond every horizon.  Many thanks to road-weary Mike for making the trek over the divide to lend a personal touch to the evening.  It was great to re-connect face-to-face after months of hashing out the logistics of RTP's world premier tour over the phone.  What a fantastic opportunity it was to serve as Tour Manager for one of the more thought-provoking films of its genre.

Was excited to hear about potential upcoming projects for Mike, which might include films involving the Colorado Trail and the Iditarod bike race.  Looks like he'll have his hands full trying to get back into top form to brave the trails and the elements after months enduring the sedentary nature of the editing process.  No doubt he'll be ready to roll when the time comes.  Can't wait to see what's around the corner for this fresh and invigorating new voice.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Catch me on the KKCO 11NEWS noon broadcast today promoting tomorrow night's GJ screening of REVEAL THE PATH!  Not in the area?  Stream it live here!

What:  GJ Screening of mountain biking adventure film REVEAL THE PATH
Where:  Mesa Theater in downtown GJ
When:  Thursday, Oct. 18th 7pm
Tickets:  $11 advance, $13 door

Monday, October 15, 2012

REVEAL THE PATH GJ Screening this Thursday!



Hey, Western Colorado...don't miss this exclusive screening of Denver filmmaker and biking enthusiast Mike Dion's latest film, the follow-up to 2010's RIDE THE DIVIDE!

So excited to bring this great film to the Mesa Theater.  The bike becomes an agent of exploration as viewers tour various points from Alaska to Nepal while navigating the steep terrain of the human spirit.  Mike's unique style of though-provoking adventure holds something for everyone, biker or not.

Not in the Western Colorado region?  Visit the REVEAL THE PATH official website  for screenings near you or to find out how to bring it to your area...

Can't wait to see you there!

Want a taste of the action??  View the trailer here  I will post my exclusive interview with Mike in a bit!


Thursday, October 11, 2012


Packing up to head southwest for the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival and my friend Kristi's fabulous sneak preview event for the upcoming documentary WRENCHED, including the fantastically talented filmmaking team of which not only she, but also producer Kurt Engfehr (Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11) are a part.  Outfitted with a sweet and shiny new Blue Snowball Mic and Logitech HD webcam am hoping to score some great interviews with the filmmakers, audience members and masterminds behind this ever-growing Northern Arizona tradition.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

OTGF helps WRENCH some funds from your pockets


Can't think of a better way for all of you out there to separate yourselves from the wads of cash burning holes in your pockets...So anxious to get a sneak preview of this groundbreaking documentary at the upcoming Flagstaff Mountain Fim Festival!  




Monday, October 1, 2012

REVEAL THE PATH director interview airs today!

REVEAL THE PATH set to screen at the Mesa Theater in Grand Junction on Thursday, Oct. 18th


Why do things always turn out this way?  Every intention to gain control of my life is undermined by the forces of entropy...I sit here, pajama-clad and un-showered, desperately trying to prepare for a last minute interview with Mike Dion, director of REVEAL THE PATH, scheduled to grace the Mesa Theater screen on Thursday, Oct. 18th at 7pm. 

So much for clearing the mountain of dust that has been accumulating on every surface of my house. 

Yes, readers, I'll gleefully be pulling this one out of my arse...but can't miss out on the opportunity to plug this fabulous film, the thinking man's answer to your typical outdoor adventure flick. 

Tune in to KAFM TODAY from 12:00-12:30 MST to hear Mike reveal the path from concept to completion!  

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Fall Festing

Hunkered in the hills and officially festing!  Thanks to the Crested Butte Film Festival for the sweet-ass, All-Access-Pass!  Taking full advantage with a diverse line-up of shorts both doc and narrative, feature length fiction and non and informal filmmaker discussions.  Anticipating a full-blown cinematic hangover tomorrow morning and waking up ready to hit the "bottle" again.  Can't wait!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Interview with Crested Butte Film Festival Co-Director Michael Brody airs today!



Tune in to KAFM community radio today from 12:30-1:00 MST to hear Off the Grid Films interview Michael Brody, Co-Director of the Crested Butte Film Festival which takes place September 27-30 in one of my FAVE-orite Colorado mountain towns!  Get the inside scoop on the 2nd annual event from the festival's co-founder and learn everything you need to know to take part in this unique, high-country cinematic experience.  As always, if you can't tune in live we'll post the write-up and podcast in a few days...

Friday, July 27, 2012

VIRGIN ALEXANDER podcast now posted!

Am happy to announce I finally got around to posting the podcast version of my interview with VIRGIN ALEXANDER's writing and directing team, Charlotte Barrett and Sean Fallon.  What a fun and energetic couple with great creative chemistry.  Looking forward to their future projects!  According toVA's official FB page copies of the film SOLD OUT on Amazon within hours of its release!  But, no fear, it is back in stock and available for purchase.  Fans have spoken...get your copy today!

It also appears my head is still up my (F)ass(bender)...despite my intentions last month's delightful interview with NOTHING LIKE DREAMING director Nora Jacobson did not get recorded, so, if you didn't catch it live you're out of luck.  But if you want to check out the film or any of Nora's other films you can purchase them direct from the OFF THE GRID PRODUCTIONS website!
  

Thursday, July 26, 2012

CALIFORNIA IS A PLACE creators turn spotlight on T-REX!


OFF THE GRID FILMS is incredibly excited to hear that Drea Cooper and Zack Canepari of CALIFORNIA IS A PLACE are putting together their first feature-length documentary!  Help them realize their dream of bringing ground-breaking Olympian Claressa Shields to the big screen.  With 9 days left to go on their Kickstarter campaign, they are within $10K of their goal...your help can ensure their ability to share this inspiring story with the world.  

This talented team will no doubt do justice to yet another fascinating subject and do so in their signature profound visual style.  By giving what you can, or simply helping spread the word, you will give YOURSELF the gift of a great viewing experience in the near future!  

And, rest assured that as soon as T-REX is available, OFF THE GRID FILMS will help you find it!

CLICK HERE to find out how you can help

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

OTGF interviews "Virgin Alexander" writing-directing team!



Get an inside look at the making of soon-to-be-released festival darling VIRGIN ALEXANDER when I interview the film's husband-and-wife writing/directing team, Charlotte Barrett and Sean Fallon, on KAFM today from 12:30-1:00 MST!  Listen live here or wait for the visit my podcast page in a few days.

VIRGIN ALEXANDER is an impressive debut feature that will leave you eagerly anticipating the next brainchild of this creative partnership.  An amusing look at the reality of life in the new economy and a playful take on sexuality in the modern age, VIRGIN ALEXANDER is a fun diversion and features a fresh performance by actor Bronson Pinchot.

This is easily the most fun interview I've conducted thus far and Charlotte and Sean have a chemistry that is palpable even from afar.  This energy shines through in their work and makes them a dynamic and effective creative team whose work will undoubtedly emerge in the coming years.

VIRGIN ALEXANDER will be available to the public on DVD starting July 17th with Netflix availability in the coming months.  Pre-order your copy now! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Interview with "Nothing Like Dreaming" director Nora Jacobson




Ugh...seems I've been spending too much time nursing my newfound obsession with Michael Fassbender (!) and have been neglecting my duties here (ok, I've also been hard at work as tour manager for the fabulous new adventure film REVEAL THE PATH).  Tune into KAFM today from 12:30-1:00 MST for my interview with Nora Jacobson, director of NOTHING LIKE DREAMING, featuring the supernatural sounds of the fire organ...

Friday, May 25, 2012

Looking for something to do this holiday weekend?




Get an inside peek at this year's Telluride Mountainfilm Festival and head to the hills for some inspirational stories from every corner of the world.  The weekend includes loads of free activities for those whose budgets are a bit tight right now.

Click here to download the podcast of my interview with Festival Director David Holbrooke!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Off the Grid Films interviews Mountainfilm Festival Director David Holbrooke





Get the inside scoop on Telluride's 2012 Mountainfilm Festival when Off the Grid Films interviews festival director David Holbrooke on KAFM Tuesday, May 8th from 12:30-1:00 MST.  Don't miss this exclusive look at one of America's longest-running film festivals!

Can't tune in?  Check my podcasts page in a few days for the podcast version of the interview.







Monday, April 16, 2012

A Fifi Full Frontal


From shooting sex on the high seas to condom-carrying action figures, find out why Fifi Parker is a heroine for our modern world as screenwriter Kristi Frazier dishes on the Fifi phenomenon in this exclusive Off the Grid podcast!  Click here to download now!

Join the Fifi community and spark a revolution!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Mountain Film on Tour in Grand Junction




Tune in to KAFM today from 12:30-1:00 MST to hear my interview with MOGQueen Jen Taylor and Director of Mountain Film on Tour, Henry Lystad, talk up Mountain Film's upcoming gig here in Grand Junction as part of this weekend's MOGfest.  Get the lowdown on everything MOG and get "geared up" for a summer of outdoor adventure with some amazing films courtesy of one of Colorado's most famed filmed festivals!

Can't tune in?  Download the podcast here.



Oscar nominee HELL AND BACK AGAIN tonight's Community Cinema feature

Soldier Nathan Harris, subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary HELL AND BACK AGAIN
Don't miss PBS's Community Cinema presentation, HELL AND BACK AGAIN,  tonight starting at 7pm in the Recital Hall of the Moss Performing Arts Center on the CMU Campus.  I will be moderating the discussion after the film with panelists Dr. David Hildebrandt (Team Leader, Vet Center); Todd Stage (Iraq Veteran, Counselor, Vet Center); and Wendy Hoffman (past natl. President, Blue Star Mothers and Founder of Operation Revamp).

This presentation if FREE to the public.  Take advantage of this opportunity to catch this Oscar-nominated film.  A wine reception will precede the film starting at 6:30.

Not in the Grand Valley?  Click here for a listing of Community Cinema screenings in your area.




Monday, March 26, 2012

Bring FIFI to life!




Money.  Sometimes it sounds like a dirty word.   Evidence of its corruptive influence abounds. Yet anyone who’s ever tried to start a business or pursue a creative endeavor knows you can’t get very far without it.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Chasing Water




The Colorado River is known worldwide and is recognized as one of the most beloved waterways on the planet.  Yet despite this, it also bears a more troubling distinction:  since 1998, after 6 million years, the Colorado River no longer reaches the Sea of Cortez. 

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Off the Grid Hosts Screening of WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM


Off the Grid Films is pleased to announce the Grand Valley screening of documentarian Heather Courtney's award-winning WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM on Wednesday, March 14th at 7 pm at the Cavalcade (201 E. Aspen St.) in Fruita, CO.  A $3 donation is requested at the door.  Seating is first-come, first-served.


Heather recently won the Independent Spirit Truer than Fiction Award for her honest and sincere portrait of life in small-town America and a group of childhood friends who unwittingly find themselves on the battlefields of Afghanistan in pursuit of the American dream.  It provides an up-close and personal look at the tolls of war on young lives and the families and communities that fostered them.


Courtney never intended to craft a film about wartime America.  Nevertheless, she bravely follows her subjects into war and embeds herself with their unit when the boys are called to active duty a year and a half into the filmmaking process.  The result is an intimate glimpse into four years in the lives of young men that will forever change them.


WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM is decidedly unpolitical and Courtney's work has been praised by viewers and critics alike for its unfiltered portrayal.  In a war that has greatly lacked a sense of nationwide sacrifice, it gives those of us who have not been personally touched by America's overseas military actions a better understanding of the sons and daughters fighting and sacrificing on our behalf and the challenges that face them when they return.


This film is timely and important...don't miss it!


To hear an intimate account of the making of this film, go to my podcasts page and download my interview with producer/director Heather Courtney.


Can't make the screening?  


Download on itunes now!
Order the DVD here


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Interview with director of WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM airs today!



Don't miss my interview with producer/director Heather Courtney about her latest film, WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM, recent winner of the Independent Spirit Truer than Fiction award!

Hear the inside details about the making of this moving and timely documentary.  WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM is a heartfelt portrayal of life in rural America and the effects of war on young lives and on the communities in which they live.

My interview will air at 12:30 MST today on KAFM Community Radio.  If you miss the show, the podcast will be posted on Off the Grid Films' podcast page.

Off the Grid films will host a screening of this film on Wednesday, March 14th at the Cavalcade in Fruita starting at 7:00 pm.  A $3 donation is requested at the door.

I will post my insights into this film within the next few days...stay tuned!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

RMPBS presents screenings of MORE THAN A MONTH

This Valentines Day treat your sweetheart to some titillating...conversation (!) at the Community Cinema screening of MORE THAN A MONTH at the Recital Hall of the Moss Performing Arts Center on the Colorado Mesa University campus.  Discussion panelists include CMU Black Student Alliance member Jesse Bradford; "Man-at-Large" Charles Gibson; and CMU Black Student Alliance President Sylvester Thabit.  This tongue-in-cheek debate over the merits of Black History Month is sure to entertain and generate some interesting conversation!


Colorado residents:  RMPBS now hosts Community Cinema screenings at 12 locations across the state!  Check below for a screening near you.  Out-of-staters, check your local PBS affiliate station's website.




Click here for trailer and full list of screening dates and times


Also the OFF THE GRID FILMS-sponsored screening of WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, March 6th at the Cavalcade in Fruita...more details in the coming days...

Monday, January 23, 2012

Fruita Screening of DAISY BATES

Just a reminder for those living in the Grand Junction area that you can catch a screening of DAISY BATES:  FIRST LADY OF LITTLE ROCK this coming Wednesday at 6:30 pm at Cavalcade in Fruita. I will be there after the film to discuss my interview with the film's director, Sharon La Cruise.

Also, my former REEL TIME partner, Stacy Schoolfield, and I, are tentatively planning a screening of WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM, which just won an Independent Spirit Truer than Fiction award!

Stay tuned for details.  I will be profiling this film as my February selection...


Friday, January 13, 2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

In an age when portrayals of women in the media seem to have taken a dramatic leap backwards, films like DAISY BATES:  FIRST LADY OF LITTLE ROCK represent a refreshing and much needed change of pace.