FILM

“Life Under Lockdown” was created entirely online by the students and faculty of Ancova Empowerment Project during the pandemic of 2020. This film is a testament to the creativity and perseverance of these students.

Direction, design, music supervision, music composition, screenplay, narration, editing consultation, acting, cinematography, photography, and logistics by David Selves, Rowynne Cardiff, Aspen Stephens, Berlin Quindt, and Teagan Sell. Editing and score composition by Tim Ostdiek. AEP Faculty: Lauren Newell, Joey Taylor, Tim Ostdiek, and Dave Calkins. AEP Board of Directors: Anne Talbot, Katie Reichert, Samantha Faron, Joey Taylor, Vinny Iyre, Laura Mentgen, and Dave Calkins. Administrative Coordinator - Andrea Graham. Program Director - Dave Calkins Special thanks to Oregon Trail Foundation, Snow Redfern Foundation, Tabor Dance Academy, and to all of our private donors!

Ancova Empowerment Project is thrilled to present Gala 4 featuring Life Under Lockdown, a film by the students of Ancova Empowerment Project. Gala 4 features performances from AEP faculty members, testimonials, an update on the organization's future plans, and the film "Life Under Lockdown." The film was created completely online during the pandemic of 2020. The students were responsible for the direction, design, music supervision, screenplay, narration, editing consultation, acting, cinematography, photography, and logistics. This film was made possible by grants from Oregon Trail Foundation, Snow Redfern Foundation, and Tabor Dance Academy.

"Grave in the Garden” is a short film created by the students of Ancova Empowerment Project. The students wrote, acted in, directed, filmed, created sets, designed makeup and created the music for the production. Ancova Empowerment Project is a non-profit organization that helps at risk young people Learn about, Create, and Share their music and films.

The students of Ancova Empowerment Project receive certificates for completing a 16-week session. In the session, they wrote, filmed, edited, and stared in five original films. AEP is a non-profit organization that helps at-risk young people Learn about, Create, and Share their music and films. For more information on AEP visit ancovaep.org

“Grave in the Garden” is a short film created by the students of Ancova Empowerment Project. The students wrote, acted in, directed, filmed, created sets, designed makeup and created the music for the production. Ancova Empowerment Project is a non-profit organization that helps at risk young people Learn about, Create, and Share their music and films. “The Making of Grave in the Garden” is a short documentary film created by the students, to explore the creative and technical process of making “Grave in the Garden”.

Tim Ostdiek is a professional singer/songwriter/guitarist in Longmont Colorado and Ancova Empowerment faculty member. In this video, he performs an original song called Sienna. This was filmed by the students of Ancova Empowerment Project at Gala 3 in Scottsbluff Nebraska.

“What AEP Means to Me” is a short documentary film created by the student of Ancova Empowerment Project”. Ancova Empowerment Project is a non-profit organization that helps at risk young people Learn about, Create, and Share their music and films.

Joey Taylor is a Hollywood actor with experience in a broad range of theater and film projects. He has worked as a featured extra in numerous Hollywood movies and TV shows and as an extras casting agent. He is a faculty and board member of Ancova Empowerment Project which is a non-profit organization that helps at risk young people Learn about, Create, and Share their music and films.

This short film was created to document the first sixteen-week session of Ancova Empowerment Project. This unique non-profit program was designed by Dave Calkins to help young people to have positive and constructive experiences while gaining life skills and learning how to overcome obstacles to their success. By working with accomplished professional artists on high-level projects such as films, musical recordings, and live performances, AEP students gain interpersonal and technical skills that boost their self-esteem and empower them to succeed. The AEP students featured in this film are Austin Steyer, Tyler Colerick, and Skyler Colerick.

This benefit was filmed by students of Ancova Empowerment Project and was the first project of a 16 week session. Ancova Empowerment Project is a non-profit organization that helps at risk young people Learn about, Create, and Share their music and films. After the completion of this benefit film, the students went on to create three more films in the session, including a short horror/comedy called “Grave in the Garden.”

"Knock at the Window" is a film by Ancova Empowerment Project student Alec Pfister and AEP Director Dave Calkins. This film was debuted at Gala II on February 26th 2017. Ancova Empowerment project is a non-profit organization designed to give young people experiences Learning, Creating, and Sharing their music and films. Our motto is "Empowering Young People in a Challenging World".

This is the first public performance of students and faculty of Ancova Empowerment Project. Ancova Empowerment Project is an organization that helps young people who may have challenges socially, legally, behaviorally or economically to have life changing experiences Learning about, Creating, and Sharing their music and films. This Gala performance took place on July 17, 2016. Featuring AEP Director Dave Calkins, faculty members Tim Ostdiek, Joey Taylor, and Carol Calkins, special guest Joe Sample. Student performers are Skyler Colerick, Tyler Colerick, Austin Steyer and Kaleb Bookout.

This is "Bullies and Targets", a film that was created by students of Ancova Empowerment Project. AEP is a non-profit organization designed to help kids obtain experience Learning, Creating, and Sharing their music and films. For this film each student created two characters, a bully and a target. The film explores the problem of bullying in schools and how it affects both the bully and the target. The students, Tyler Colerick, Skyler Colerick, and Austin Andrew Steyer helped create the lighting, sets, costumes and music for the film.