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Hopped Up wins at Ellensburg Film Festival

Hopped Up Movie Poster
Feature length documentary by Daniel A. Cardenas

I’m blown away that Hopped Up wins at Ellensburg Film Festival! After making a feature-length documentary, these are my final thoughts on production/post. All in all, it took over 5 years to complete. It seems like a long time, but I learned a hell of a lot. Most of it was not really about filmmaking though. I am already looking for another feature to make. I’m not sure if it will be a documentary or a fictional narrative piece. I’m open at this point. Making a feature documentary was my first endeavor into longer format work.

The one thing I regret is not documenting the process by which this film came about. I don’t really want to go back and revisit it all, but the main thing is that it’s completed and it’s scheduled for release on Sept 30th right before the Fresh Hop Ale Festival.

Before we premier the film, I wanted to enter it into several film festivals to see if it would be accepted or even possibly win an award. Just for a little validation. I’m so deep into the film that I really don’t know if it’s that good or not. Actually, I’m not as into the film as my editor, Tony Capelli. He did an awesome job. Keeping his head down during the pandemic editing away doing the very hard work of making sense out of it all. I laid out what I thought the story would be on a beat board, and we kind of just stuck to that and made what we thought was a good story.

The Ellensburg Film Festival accepted the film and gave it an award for Best Feature Documentary. It was a semi-finalist Best PNW (Pacific Northwest) Feature. I’m so thrilled and humbled by the recognition we’ll get from it. My hope is to be well received in the several other festivals it’s entered into as well as sell a few BluRay discs. And, possibly get it picked up by a distributor. We’ll see where we take it. Check out another post here.

Poster for 2021 Ellensburg Film Festival
Poster for 2021 Ellensburg Film Festival