CONTRIBUTED BY Jack Denham
Back in 2013 I graduated from Cherry Creek High School. As a high school student I had no idea what I wanted to do in terms of career and college. Initially, I thought I wanted to be a doctor or marine biologist or something. Going into my junior year I had most of the required classes already taken care of and was looking for a blow off class to goof off with my friends so we ended up taking video production with Mr. Gamelin. We made a bunch of ridiculous videos and slowly that class became the best part of our day.
As we went into senior year, we decided we kind of liked making these videos and enrolled in the advanced video production class. Mr. Gamelin pulled us aside one day and suggested we consider going to film school given our ability to make videos that consistently entertained and delighted the rest of the class. His encouragement ended up giving me clear guidance in what I really wanted to do with my life, so my friend David and I enrolled in the film program at Montana State University. It was the only school I ended up applying to. 5 Years later I graduated with a bachelors in Film and Photography and moved back to Denver.
About the movie
Kung Pao Hustle is an independantly financed comedy short film about a guy named Joe, who works at a Chinese restaurant. He has a thing for his coworker Monica, but has yet to make much of an impression on her. When the restaurant gets held up by an unhinged gunman, Joe attempts to win over the affection of Monica by taking matters into his own hands in an attempt to save the day; but his efforts prove to get him and his coworkers into deeper and deeper trouble.
I started writing Kung Pao Hustle during my junior year in a scriptwriting class. I wanted to try my hand at writing comedy, as most of my classmates seemed to be sticking primarily with drama and horror. With the help of my teacher I was able to work out something that we both thought was hysterical. I pitched the script for my senior thesis class, however the teachers running the class opted to not green light my idea. This turned out to be a blessing, as over the next few years I reworked and retooled the script into something more fleshed out and comical.
Now that the movie has been shot we are on to the post production phase where I am working on editing, color correcting, sound mixing etc.
Most of my crew had come in from other states to help me make the movie a reality and I am incredibly thankful to them and couldn’t have made it without them.
We currently are working on an indiegogo page for people to donate and track the progress of the film. We hope that with enough donations and attention to the project, we can submit the film into festivals across the nation, some which include Sundance, Aspen, Telluride, Palm Springs International and more.
For the time being, the best way to learn more will be through my Instagram: @jackimboslice where I will be posting set photos and content from the shoot. I urge anyone curious about the project to reach out to me there.
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