Our theme for 2015: "Mountains of Possibility"
The Southern Colorado Film Festival seeks to relate the unique issues of our community in the San Luis Valley of Colorado to the world through the medium of independent film. Our goal is to use the power of film as a means of enhancing communication, enriching a sense of community and spirit, and bringing voice to important matters from around the world. We provide a venue for independent filmmakers to showcase their work and bring their creativity, viewpoints, and personality to a new audience.
Our Festival Committee:
Danny Ledonne, Festival Director is a graduate of Emerson College's BA Visual Media Arts program in Boston and the MFA Film/Electronic Media program at American University in Washington, DC. A Colorado native, Danny has taught Tae Kwon Do and worked as a DJ for a community radio station. He is the owner/operator of Emberwilde Productions and has taught media production at Adams State University.
Karl Jolliff, Director of Finances has worked to hold and grow the Southern Colorado Film Festival since the event first started in 2013. He is the former Interim Director of the Southern Colorado Film Commission and is currently the Assistant Manager of Adams State University Community Partnerships, both organizations that are proud to be behind the festival.
Mary Hoffman, Director of Sponsorships serves as Adams State University's Executive Director of Community Partnerships. Mary is a founding member the Southern Colorado Film Commission, Sustainable Environmental Economic Development (SEED) Park, International and Con-Cepts (Conejos County Environment and Economy Progressing Together), bringing green job growth to the region.
Gustavo Plascencia, Programming Director was raised in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila. A visual artist and educator, he attended the Escuela de Artes Plasticas "Ruben Herrera" in Saltillo, Mexico before immigrating to the USA. His work has been shown nationally and internationally including Colombia, Palestine, Spain, Mexico, Italy, and Bulgaria. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Adams State University.
Mike Clifford, Technical Director saw "Star Wars" (that's all it was called then) in its first summer of release for his 11th birthday and exposure to Marx Bros. classics at a New England grange hall while on vacation are the two of the most formative cinema experiences in Michael S. Clifford's life. Since then, Mike's life has taken him to many places and many media, and he currently produces a radio news show, tutors college students on their writing, and helps provide Audio/Video services.
Christina Vargas, Festival Intern is originally from Lamar, Colorado and currently a senior at Adams State University with high hopes to graduate this December. She is majoring in Mass Communication and enjoys every minute of it. She is the first and youngest in her family to attend college so it means a great deal to eventually tell her mom "I did it!" She is excited to intern with the Southern Colorado Film Festival because she enjoys working in the video production field.
Stephen Jiron, Festival Intern was born and raised in Alamosa, Colorado. After leaving town and roughing it without a degree for a few years, he came back to Alamosa and decided to finish his Bachelors. Stephen chose Mass Communication and hasn't looked back since. With a Best Editing title at the Student Showcase of the 2014 Southern Colorado Film Festival, he decided he wanted to be more involved in this year's festival and took the opportunity to become an intern.