Filmmaker Nate Blair has two goals. One is to make well-produced family friendly feature films in every genre, from westerns to horror — if that’s possible. “I’ve got some ideas for a horror. …
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Filmmaker Nate Blair has two goals. One is to make well-produced family friendly feature films in every genre, from westerns to horror — if that’s possible.
“I’ve got some ideas for a horror. I want to do one film in every genre, and I’ve knocked out five so far,” he said. “I’ve done a thriller, a teen comedy, a drama, a musical and now an action comedy.”
The second is to make Colorado’s Front Range the spot for family-friendly filmmakers.
“I tell people in the industry that I don’t know why more filmmakers don’t come to Colorado,” he said. “You can have pretty much everything but a rain forest and an ocean. You name a scene, we can film it here, all within one area without having to travel a bunch.”
Blair is set to debut his latest project, a comedy/action adventure piece called “Sleeper Agent.”
“It makes me laugh,” he said. “I love a good spy movie, I love a good comedy and there is something about this that’s really fun.”
The film premiered Jan. 31, 2020, at Westminster’s Life Fellowship Christian Church, at 115th and Sheridan Boulevard.
“It’s a formal event, a red carpet kind of gala,” he said. “We’ll have big photo wall, read carpets. You’ll get to have photos with the people in the film. Almost all of the cast will be there.”
That includes Mark Christopher Lawrence, Big Mike from the television series “Chuck.” He plays a friend of star Leland Klassen.
“There’s a lot of people that are Big Mike fans,” Blair said. “They’d see him when we were filming, and shout ‘Big Mike!’ So he’ll be at the premier.”
Tickets to the premier showing are $10 and the show begins at 5 :30 p.m.
A graduate of Arvada’s Faith Christian Academy, Blair said he really works to provide fun cinema while ensuring all members of the family can enjoy the experience.
“The film is completely family friendly,” he said. “There are family film that are less family friendly than ‘Sleeper Agent’. It has it’s action. There are guns and gunshots, but you never see anybody get shot or killed. There’s no language in it. There is a romance, but its more realistic.”
It tells the tale of Walter, played by Klaseen, a man convinced that his parents were secret agents, so he must be one as well. He gets himself caught up one goofily dangerous situation after another, stumbling on an honest-to-goodness spy ring with steep stakes.
Blair said he tried to wrap in some aspects from his favorite spy films, from Sean Connery’s “Thunderball” to Daniel Craig’s “Skyfall.”
“When we were getting ready to do it, all my mood boards and my work with the cinematographer were built around ‘Skyfall’,” he said. “It’s one of the most beautiful movies I’ve ever seen, just amazing.”
Blair didn’t start out trying to create the next great family-friendly adventure.
A degree in graphic design led him to experiment with video editing software. When a a friend from his church asked for help creating a video for his musical family, the result was 2015’s “Perfect Chord”, a story of a young musician learning to trust in her talents.
He followed that up a year later with “Second Greatest” an inspirational film about a pastor and a homeless man working to reunite a community. Much of it was filmed in Golden.
His third feature, “High School Story” loosely combined biblical characters in a modern high school setting — replacing the Old Testament’s King David with a high school quarterback, for example.
“Everybody in that film was an amateur,” he said. “We did it in conjunction with Faith Christian School, and they let us use the high school. We pulled that story off over six weeks, starting in October.”
The film was nominated for a best picture nod from the International Christian Film Festival.
“We got honorable mention, so we beat out a lot of high-budget films for that,” he said.
He released “Scion” his fourth film in 2018. That sci-fi/fantasy tale takes a young girl who wishes her old life away and finds herself on the run and wanted by the police.
He said his latest film, Sleeper Agent, is his most ambitious yet.
“It’s not preachy. It’s just about people who struggle with their purpose,” Blair said. “What am I supposed to be doing? Do I love what I’m doing?”
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