53:14 Film Festival

Music Video


Check back in May for links to 2019’s projects!

“Tyde Pawd Trippin” Hyzenborg Factor Five Films
“Invisible” Ghost Tapes Hanging Ellipses Films
“Coming Around” Silver & Gold Inglorious Filmmakers
“Nintendo Flavored” My Dog Ate Chad Blake Miller & Bryan Rayburn
“Slow Explosions” SF1 Listo Pictures*
“Context” Plasma Canvas Little House of Sound
“Rattenkönig” ALTAS New Trash*
“Tides” Places Back Home ProNeato
“Big Water” FaceMan RW Perkins
“Cold Sound” Whippoorwill Slyfox

Ben Hess (Director/Producer)

Aliya Hess (Crew)

Rick Christopherson (Assistant Director)

Kyle Witter (Crew)

Sophie Christopherson (Makeup)

Mackenna Clark (Makeup)

Kristen Lenkowski (Crew)

Check back in May for links to 2019’s projects!


(* indicates a returning participant) 

Factor Five Films – As a Fort Collins-born and Denver-based independent filmmaker, Steven Fox is driven to produce inspiring, entertaining, and thought provoking films through complex characters and compelling stories.

Hyzenborg is a very unique one man robotic and full motion 3D laser ninja from Colorado who plays heavy bass music with an all-new thrilling and bold one-of-a-kind visual experience like no other! Playing with such acts as Zomboy, ill Gates, MitiS, Prismatic and Krushendo, and bringing together the worlds of dubstep, EDM, and Metal with a mind melting laser lightshow, the DJ of the future has arrived.

Hanging Ellipses Films* – In 2011, Ryan Taylor and Eric Modlin came together and formed Hanging Ellipses in Fort Collins due to a mutual love for films, creating compelling stories, and a near insane love of pushing their boundaries. 

Ghost Tapes is inspired by the elements of 70’s funk and soul, 90’s hip-hop and late 90’s neo-soul, delivering cerebral and poetic original music to the Denver scene. Hypnotic, often ecstatic live performances have caught the admiration of both music lovers and musicians alike. Voted 303 Magazine’s “Best R&B Group 2018” and “Best Soul Band” in the 2018 Westword reader’s poll.

Inglorious Filmmakers – Amelia Phillips studies Journalism and Media Communication with a minor in Music, Stage, and Sports Production at Colorado State University. She works for Colorado State Athletics Ramvision, assisting with game day and in-venue productions and edited videos for social media and in-venue video boards.

Silver & Gold has been creating energetic, heartfelt indie-rock in Colorado since 2013. Meeting, in combination, as music majors in college and life-long pals, the 5 best friends quickly sought ways to explore music outside of the collegiate, classical realm, creating a sound very much their own. Every song is emotionally driven while persuading even the most timid to get on their feet and dance it out.

Blake Miller & Bryan Rayburn – This duo of filmmakers are each remarkable in their own right, and they are coming together for their first original music video collaboration.

My Dog Ate Chad formed in 2016 and quickly went from being their high school house band to playing prominent Northern Colorado venues such as the Old Town Fort Collins stage, CSU Summer Lagoon Series, Bohemian Nights’ New West Fest, FocoMX2018, as well as multiple shows at venues in the Front Range area. 

Listo Pictures* – As a result of over a decade long friendship, along-side countless productions, Samantha Hanus and Justin Aarestad have crafted their ability to create & capture superior content.

SF1 is an accomplished emcee, drummer, music producer, songwriter dancer, actor and Radio Personality. He is a Berklee College of Music alumni and Grammy Award considered artist. A hip-hop artist that refuses to be put in a box. His genuine love for music instrumentation is evident in his ability to effortlessly infuse jazz, Afro-Cuban, middle eastern, pop and rock within his energetic sound and compelling live performances. Receiving many accolades, including three Westword Magazine Music Awards in the hip-hop category, SF1 and The Crew are the first and only hip-hop act to play major league baseball’s Coors Field. His singles “Autopilot”, “Rhapsody”, “Ride” and most recently “Honest” have received airplay with iHeart Radio Stations. SF1 has shared stages with the likes of national recording artist, Jake Miller, Jack and Jack, Robert Delong, Jurassic 5, Big Data, Lupe Fiasco and the legendary KRS-One. 

Little House of Sound – This not-for-profit music organization produces a solar-powered mobile recording series that features intimate performances from premiere local musicians encapsulated in a stunning natural landscape.

Plasma Canvas is comprised of the duo Adrienne Rae Ash (vocals, guitar) and Jude McCarron (drums, vocals). Originally formed in 2016, the act has quickly gained momentum in the Colorado rock and punk scene, including playing with Descendents at Mishawaka Amphitheatre and playing the main stage at Warped 2018 in Denver. Plasma Canvas is a hard-hitting, grinding, edgy experience known for a thrashing live show and a message of inclusivity and intersectionality that brings everyone together.

New Trash* – Jesse Nyander moved to Fort Collins from Joplin, Missouri in 2011.  With Encouragement from the Northern Colorado community, Jesse started the Weekend Warriors Film Festival in 2016 and also works with various other festivals in Northern Colorado. He is a graphic novelist and animator who is currently exploring 360°, VR, and AR immersive filmmaking.

ALTAS integrates the “through-composed” approach of “serious” classical music and the “non-composed” ambient approach into their lyricless soundscapes, which at times, echoes the shifting dynamics of Japanese “post-rock” band Mono, or the spacey sonic excursions of early Pink Floyd. Think Steve Reich meets Mogwai.

ProNeato – Profectum Media is represented by Kody Kurth. Neato Pictures is represented by Steve Roberts. Neato brings stories to life—from commercial production to original television content—with captivating cinematography, and Emmy Award winning post production. Profectum’s portfolio includes creative video work with clients such as Universal Music Group, Free People, American Ninja Warrior, DJ Snake, ODESZA & many more. 

Places Back Home is a band forged in Fort Collins, CO by friends who needed a release from the rigor of studying at Colorado State University. Focused on making music that captures the raw and honest experience of being human in a world full of questions, PBH blurs the lines of genres with an emotional mixture of indie rock, folk, and post rock that has been coined as “post folk.”

RW Perkins – The short films of this Loveland-based writer, filmmaker, and digital artist are featured on the Atticus Review, and have screened at film festivals all over the world, including ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival in Berlin and an 18-state tour with the New Belgium Brewery Clips Beer & Film Tour. His short subject film The Big Wait was selected as a top 20 finalist in Canon and Ron Howard’s Project Imagination nationwide film competition. 

FaceMan tours nationally and is known for creative live shows and collaboration with other musicians such as The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, and many others.  FaceMan has a unique, soulful, indie rock sound that has been explained as a blend between Lou Reed, Modest Mouse, and Neil Young. 

Slyfox – Ben Hess began making films as a kid in the early 90s and knew then he wanted to become a filmmaker—a passion he still follows 25 years later.

Whippoorwill Since 2017 the Fort Collins alternative folk-rock trio of Alysia Kraft (guitar, vocals), Staci Foster (guitar, banjo, harmonica, vocals), and Tobias Bank (drums, vocals) has shared sold out stages with diverse acts such as Big Thief, Shovels and Rope, Lydia Loveless, Mipso, Horse Feathers and Colin Hay. With palpable chemistry and long-game approach to creative work, Whippoorwill has become a Colorado darling and one of the region’s most-hyped bands on the brink. Look for the band’s full-length debut in Summer 2019. Produced by J.Tom Hnatow (Horse Feathers, Vandaveer) and mixed by Duane Lundy (Jim James, Ringo Starr) at Lexington, KY’s Shangri-La Studio, the album is the product of two years touring the American west honing a sound as expansive and raw, tough and stoically beautiful as the landscapes that source their songs.