Remember how you wanted to grow up and make movies?

Cinema is a matter of what's in the frame, and what's out.   

- Director, Martin Scorsese


First Take Film Fellowship COS (First Take COS) is a 9 month “boot camp” for young filmmakers between the ages of 16 and 24. Three of the area’s aspiring movie-makers will be given the funds raised to conceive, plan and execute a short film focusing on the Pikes Peak Region and what makes it special. 


I always believe it’s better to have 30 imaginations working on a project, rather than one imagination telling the other 29 what to do.
- Director, Trevor Nunn


First Take COS intends to support our young professionals in an art form often underestimated while also demonstrating the strength and character of quality film making by enhancing how our region is presented – locally, regionally and internationally.



First Take COS is a 501C, Nonprofit organization created to nurture collaborative, creative and leadership participation in our community to empower young industry professionals. Through the camera lens, our hope is to support and promote young talent to enable a fresh view of our local community and provide a dynamic and accurate reflection of the region we call home.


A great movie evolves when everybody has the same vision in their heads.

- Director, Alan Parker

How will this be done?

Established and guided by local filmmaker Pete Schuermann (HAZE, CREEP!) First Take COS has officially launched a focused, fund-raising effort culminating in January 2015. During this time, First Take COS will be seeking our area’s most promising young filmmakers by accepting resumes and samples of existing work, such as music videos, short films and the like. THREE finalists will be selected to work together on the final project, which will be produced over the course of 9 months beginning in January 2015.


We don't make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies.

- Filmmaker, Walt Disney



Revenue collected will be allocated exclusively to the production and support of the First Take COS project by the three finalists.



First Take COS is made up of a strategic advisory board as well as committee members tasked to tutelage and amplify how to best execute a film project through all stages of pre-production, production and post-production. The advisory board is also responsible in directing production schedules, quality control and timely delivery. 



The final product is available as a community resource to be used and shared by all. The final film may not be edited or re-purposed in any form while First Take COS retains all rights to the original movie. 

Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.
- Film Director, Roman Polanski

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MEZZFLIX Comes to The Mezzanine!

Saturday, March 28 at 4:30-7:30PM

This truly unique film experience comes to The Mezzanine through a collaboration between the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR), Pikes Peak Arts Council, The First Take Film Fellowship, The Sports Corp, The Schuermann Collective, Bemis Youth Documentary Academy, Women's Film Festival, Independent Film Festival, and the Colorado Springs Conservatory.

The Mezzanine (downtown's performing arts venue located at 20 N. Tejon Street - alley entrance) is a social enterprise of the Colorado Springs Conservatory. Mezzflix events will benefit programs that support future filmmakers. Information and tickets are available at

Filmmakers are encouraged to submit their work for consideration for upcoming Mezzflix events by contacting:

Pete Schuermann 719.459.0967 or

Linda Weise 719.577.4556 or




A big thank you to all of our Sponsors!  Their contributions will help support the three film makers chosen later this year!

Meet the Board

Douglas Comstock- Doug has over 30 years of experience in Architectural design, planning project development, construction coordination, and interior design. He first became a registered architect in 1981 and passed an exam given by the Architectural Registration Boards shortly thereafter, enabling him registration in all states. He has won several awards including first place in the Embassy Suites Hotel/Conference Center completion and Comstock and Associates was selected as Best Architecture Firm 2009 by the Colorado Springs Business Journal.


Doug Price is the leader of the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), the official travel and tourism Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region, encompassing El Paso, Teller and Fremont counties. Doug and his team are responsible for promoting the city and region to leisure travelers as well as meeting and event planners through advertising, online marketing, PR, social media, direct sales and trade shows.

He has more than 30 years in different facets of sales experience and human resources consulting.  Doug is a recognized public speaker and the author of three books -- License to Sell, a book on "high touch" selling in a "high tech" environment, License to Serve, a how-to-guide for creating exceptional customer service, and Change It!, a book on helping people change themselves and others.


Judeth Shay Comstock- Judeth is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music, where she was awarded the Richard F. Gold Career Grant, the University of Colorado and a recent graduate of the Goethe Institute in Berlin.Judeth teaches voice at Colorado College, and is a teaching artist for Central City Opera.

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Warren Epstein- Warren was a longtime film critic and arts editor at The Gazette. He also has taught film courses at UCCS and currently teaches film classes for PILLAR. He is the communications director at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, hosts an arts radio show on KVOR and is active in the local theater community as an actor, director and producer.





Ashley Scheurmann- Ashley has held many professional positions in the fields of Banking and Finance and holds her FINRA Series 6, 7, and 63 securities licenses. Ashley holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado, an MBA from the University of Colorado with emphasis in Marketing, International Business and Finance, and a Graduate Accounting Certificate from the University of Colorado.





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