Denver filmmakers ponder what makes the Mile High City great

<p>Downtown Denver, looking west. </p>

Thaddeus Anderson and Woody Roseland set out just over a year ago on a project to produce art that would get people excited about Denver.

The Colorado filmmakers developed a short film entitled “Breathless,” a love letter of sorts to life in the Mile High City that screened at TEDxMileHigh 2013.

Now, in collaboration with One Day in Denver, the Air Ball Creative founders spent Saturday (April 26) roaming around the city, looking for answers to 10 questions about the future of Denver.

“We’re so excited about Denver in general and the story the city is in the process of telling,” Anderson says. “I think we’re on the brink of so many exciting things.”

Both filmmakers agree that Denverites did embrace the film very much, citing a lot of feedback from so many people over the past year.

“At the heart is connecting people --- they are hungry for a connection, whether it be a city, a thought, an idea,” Roseland says.

While “Breathless” was primarily shot, directed and edited by Anderson, the poem which overlays the film was written by TEDxMileHigh speaker Ken Arkind who describes Denver as a “landlocked lighthouse guiding the world safely to the shores of a granite ocean.”

Anderson and Roseland say this first film with Arkind's poetry triggered the momentum for new projects.

“Denver has always wanted to be this city, wanted to be recognized on the main stage of America,” Roseland says, paraphrasing Ken Arkind. “Now it’s up to us to seize that opportunity.”

During One Day in Denver, the pair focused on that connection people have to The Mile High City.

The filmmakers are tight-lipped about their footage from the daylong shoot but they say Flobots members James "Jonny 5" Laurie and Stephen "Brer Rabbit" Brackett are part of the project.

Their work will be showcased in an interactive archive and a TV series on the future of the American city set for release at a future date.

The unedited footage supplied by Anderson and Roseland to will become part of a larger conversation about the future of the American city and the role Denver and 10 other cities play in Your Day Your City Your Future.