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College of Business alumna and Summit Fund founding member brings film to Ft. Collins May 22-28

May 23, 2009

Kiowa Winans, a CSU College of Business alumna and one of the founding members of CSU's Summit Fund, will bring her film, "Ink" to Fort Collins May 22-28.

On May 28, Kiowa and her husband, Jamin Winans, will be joined by CSU’s College of Business for a “Celebrate with the Filmmakers” event. The film will show at 7:15 p.m. and a question and answer session will follow. The event will be held at the Lyric Cinema Café at 300 E. Mountain. CSU faculty, staff and students will receive discounted tickets of $6.50 on the evening of the 28th.

About INK

INK, 2009, Double Edge Films, 102 min.

Invisible forces exert power over us in our sleep. A mercenary named Ink, on a literal nightmare mission, captures the spirit of 8-year-old Emma in the dream world. To save her, the dream-givers marshal all their resources, focusing on saving the soul of Emma's tragically broken father.

"Film geeks, there is a new 'it' movie - INK…a lock to achieve cult phenomenon status, and launch the career of Jamin Winans into the stratosphere." - Ain't It Cool News

INK opened to rave reviews and enthusiastic audiences at the 2009 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Sensing the potential for a cult hit, writer/director Jamin Winans and his wife and producer Kiowa Winans returned home to Denver and opened the film at the Starz FilmCenter.

What was originally intended to be a two-week theatrical run, turned into an eight-week incredible testament to the power of word-of-mouth. In that time, Jamin Winans was courted by United Talent Agency in Los Angeles to represent both the film and for sales and future work. United Talent Agency represents a distinguished list of Hollywood talent, including the Coen Brothers and Johnny Depp.

Trailers for INK have almost 75,000 hits on YouTube which you can view at:

View the INK website at:

About Kiowa

Kiowa K. (Engwis) Winans graduated from the CSU College of Business in 2000. In her junior year at CSU she participated in an audio visual presentation for the Bloomberg system to the business community. Among the distinguished group of guests that night was Bob Everitt who approached the group after the presentation with an idea to bring hands-on learning to finance students. Soon thereafter the Summit Student Investment Fund was born, boasting eight original members and enthusiastic faculty support overseen by adjunct professor Glory Burns. Working on the Summit Student Investment Fund with the other students, making real-world business decisions and preparing dynamic presentations served as important experiences for Kiowa's future career.

After graduating from CSU, Kiowa attended the University of Denver College of Law where she graduated in 2003 with a J.D. and an LL.M. in taxation. She worked for a year in a tax attorney's office then returned to finance and took a job at a private trust bank in Denver. Around that time, she married high school friend Jamin Winans.

Soon after marrying, Kiowa could see that Jamin needed help on the business end of running a film production company. She started helping in every way she could and eventually that morphed into a full-time job working back-to-back with Jamin to make films.

Pre-production on INK began in the fall of 2006 and by July 2007 Jamin and Kiowa had acquired financing, actors, locations and a crew. The film shoot lasted 83 days and Jamin and Kiowa worked tirelessly for the next 14 months to conquer all the post-production tasks themselves.

Kiowa looks upon her time at CSU as being the most meaningful in terms of preparation for the "real world." The experiences she had working with Bob and Joyce Everitt and Glory Burns and the Summit Student Investment Fund helped prepare her for a strong leadership role and how to pull-off the ultimate dynamic presentation: a feature-length film. Jamin and Kiowa are currently working on securing distribution for INK and are honored and excited to bring the film to Fort Collins.

Contact: Jennifer Dimas
Phone: (970) 491-1543