A self-taught filmmaker, Denver spent his early years creating films with brothers, cousins and friends in rural Eastern NC, using his creative talents to write, shoot, act, direct and edit each film. After graduating from East Carolina University with a degree in Journalism, Denver returned to Wilmington, NC to work in the field of marketing. He continues to pursue his passion for filmmaking, using every opportunity to hone his craft. Denver's award-winning films often showcase his greatest strengths: storytelling, directing and editing.
Born and raised in Cary, NC, Grace graduated from East Carolina University in 2017 with a BFA in Musical Theater.
Born in Raleigh, North Carolina and raised in Matthews, North Carolina, Tyler was hooked on acting at an early age. In high school, he knew that was something he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and received a BFA in Acting. After school he moved back to Charlotte and made self tapes with his mother in their garage. Tyler now resides in New York City.
It’s New Year’s Eve and Amy’s first night alone providing on-call support for Essex Enterprises, a home security firm. When a bad storm knocks the company’s servers offline, she calls Jake, a down-on-his-luck support technician. Jake shows her the real Essex: a high-tech piece of software capable of controlling hundreds of Smart Homes with the click of a button. Amy’s hooked on it – and Jake’s hooked on her.
Written, Directed and Produced by: Denver Hollingsworth
Story by: Denver Hollingsworth & Stacy Garrett
Starring: Grace Hamashima (“AMY”), Tyler Barnhardt (“JAKE”), Glenn Hartzog II (“ROB”)
Cinematography: Garrett Poulos
Sound Technician & Design/Music: Connor Mangold
Script Supervisor: Carlyn Legg
Production Assistant: Emerson Voss
“ESSEX” was shot on location in Wilmington, NC, inside a working call center.