2020 Bliss Awards
Patrick Sheridan Unity Award
Thank you Ralph for keeping our Film Community together throughout 2020 with your non-profit Peak Film Forum and the Indie Spirit Film Festival. You have also helped so many filmmakers by producing their films and through your newest film project Knockout.
Poetry in Motion Film Award
Amazing work with your poetry films and collaborating with other poets! Congratulations Paul!
Best Cinematography in a Poetry Film
Nathaniel Shields for the film False Color
I have been watching Nate through the years become an amazing inspirational filmmaker who is also a community leader by using his skills and talents to help others. Keep up the great work!
Pandemic Filmmaker of the Year
Rob did not let COVID-19 stop him with his Independent Films.
He has used this time to be creative.
"While the first wave of stay-at-home orders were underway here in Colorado, I began writing some new shorts that were going to be easy to manage with small cast/crew setups for sake of safety (little did I know this would be the recipe to keep the cameras rolling the rest of the year). When the first restrictions were eased at the top of the Summer, I got together with some talented peeps from the local indie film fam and we captured some topical fun!
The Flu, was the first of these releases, and the first foray into a new series we would launch into (which would be the order of the day it would seem). This satirical, dark comedy would open the doors to #TheQuarantineZone!"
Photographer of the Year
Through 2020 Mike kept our photography community going with live photo events and virtual events. He has also been working with the city of Colorado Springs and created some really amazing replica historical photographs with the "then and now” project and has numerous Magazine Features and Covers. Great Job Mike Pach!
Musicians of the Year
Diane Deej Johnson and Mark Jenkins with the Young Heart Band.
Even during a Pandemic they continued to play and bring the community together either live or virtually. They also helped the Historic Elitch Theatre with their Summer Virtual Concert Series and brought other musicians and bands to join the fun. Congratulations!
Artist of the Year
She participated in our Month of Print exhibit which happened right at the beginning of the COVID-19 shutdown. She also brought the Ken Caryl Art Guild exhibit to 1101 during the pandemic. Thank you Cindy!
Best Event 2020
Cruisin' Tennyson Back to The Streets and Scavenger Hunt
Bringing the cars and the fun back to the streets American Graffiti Style with a little bit of Grease Lightning!
Thank you Collette Susman for helping organize this event and to all the team members who helped and supported us make this such a success during the pandemic:
Bonnie Bliss, Tim Nikkel, Tawnya Studdard, Steve Wallace, Amanda Blackwood, Sarah Mares, Daniel DjDroc Salsa, Jonathan Applegate, Holly Collins-Tomazin, Frank Guerrero, Kimberly Ann, Jesse Lockwood, Spencer Evans, Michelle Courier, Niya Lenay Gingerich, Explore Tennyson - Berkeley Neighborhood Geek Garage, Historic Elitch Theatre, Future Drawn oneLINE Gallery and to all the local businesses and cars that joined us. If I missed anyone I just want to say Thank you so much for your help and support. This was so much fun!
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