May 21, 2024

Kathleen Ermitage and Alan Cogen

The Art of Collaboration in Making a Film & Colorado Connections

Featured Brewery: Holidaily Brewing

Introduction by: Jacob Smith

Filmmaking team Kathleen Ermitage and Alan Cogen will discuss their inspiring new documentary Mixtape Trilogy: Stories of the Power of Music.
Kathleen and Alan will describe how they took their project from idea to reality, sharing about how the art of collaboration helped them find success in a challenging media environment. They also will talk about seeking to include Colorado connections wherever possible while working with world-renowed musicians and their fans.

Speaker Bios:

Alan Cogen and Kathleen Ermitage

Kathleen Ermitage is a documentary filmmaker. Her directorial debut was Mixtape Trilogy: Stories of the Power of Music. She also worked as a producer on What the Hell Happened to Blood, Sweat & Tears? (nominated for a Critics Choice Award in 2023 for Best Music Documentary); Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, and Reinventing Elvis: The Comeback for Paramount +, as well as PBS programs Serio Mendes: In the Key of Joy and Herb Alpert Is. Kathleen currently is working on a film about baseball, a short film about kid entrepreneurs and altruism and developing a project based on a Colorado subject.

Alan Cogen created the Boulder-based organization Pathways to Jazz in 2014 to support jazz musicians. The organization provides grants to assist musicians in creating professionally-produced recordings to advance their jazz careers. It has awarded grants to 93 musicians from states across the nation. Alan also is the Executive Producer of the documentary Mixtape Trilogy: Stories of the Power of Music, which explores the relationship between music artists and their fans. The film features the Grammy-winning folk rock duo Indigo Girls, Grammy-nominated musician composer Vijay Iyer, and hip-hop artist and activist Talib Kweli. This award-winning film had a successful festival run in 2022 and secured U.S. and international distribution, as well as educational distribution.

Documentaries by Kathleen and Alan have been official selections at Telluride, Toronto, IDFA Amsterdam and DOC NYC film festivals, along with being released theatrically all over the world and aired on PBS’ Independent Lens.

How This Works
The Buffalo Rose will open at 6:00 p.m. Food and drink service will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the program will begin around 6:30 p.m. Following the presentation, we’ll take a brief intermission for Q + A. We’ll wrap up around 7:45 p.m., but people interested in staying a bit longer to socialize will be able to do so. There is no cover charge and no purchase is necessary.

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