minne mini film festival

A film festival for mini films in Minnesota.

2016 seems to be the year I'm taking on big, scary projects. 
I help run a fiscally sponsored non profit filmmaking community group called Persistence of Vision: A Filmmaking Collective. That's a lot of words.

Basically, it's a support group for filmmakers. We want filmmakers to keep making films and keep making them better and better. POV had gone about this in various ways over the last 4 years including monthly meetings, screenings, group projects, challenges and productions.

Now we are going completely bonkers and putting on a film festival.
A mini film festival, but a film festival nonetheless.

We've got a sexy little website (thanks Squarespace!)

We held a very successful Give to the Max Day campaign so we could keep costs low for the submitting filmmakers and attendees and made this little 2 minute film to promote the campaign:

...oh boy, we have fun, don't we...

Check out our FilmFreeway page for submission info, and consider making a mini film of your own and sending it our way:

Keep an eye out on the Minne Mini website, here or on POV's Facebook page for more information and a few fun publicity stunts.

twin cities film fest

Over the last 3 years, I have had the privilege of being the video producer for the Twin Cities Film Fest. Every year in August my calendar begins to fill up with meetings, promo and interview shoots and I get to meet and work with some of the most talented filmmakers in the Twin Cities, the United States and even the WORLD.

It's pretty cool. I also get to work with a great team, a bunch of go-getter interns from Art Institutes International and IPR, and some really talented crew members.

We get to highlight some of our local talent, lesser known indie films on the same stage as elite Hollywood stars. That is pretty neat.

The video team makes promos for each day of the fest and some of our special series:

We shoot filmmaker interviews before the festival to show off our local talent:

During the festival, we slam out an intense amount of content including daily recaps, red carpet and behind the scenes videos:

never mind

Holy crap, our baby is taking it's first steps. 
By baby, I mean this feature film adaptation of the novel The Plain Sense of Things, I've been working on with a few amazing ladies for the last several months.
And by first steps, I mean we are doing a public table read!

Our phenomenal writer, Helena, will be submitting the screenplay to the Slamdance Screenwriting Lab in June and we want to polish it up before then.

Helena originally adapted the novel for the stage during the Minnesota Fringe Festival. The play was a hit and ended up being chosen for an encore performance. 

I had the privilege of creating a trailer for that show:

Both of the talented leading ladies are attached to the film production and we will be chugging away at fundraising, casting and crewing up over the next year.

Stay tuned for more updates on this project. It's bound to an epic undertaking.

pursuit fitness

While working at the National Sports Center, I had the sweet perk of getting to work with a trainer 3 times a week and become completely shredded.
By shredded, I mean simply be in the best shape of my life.
No really, it's kind of scary, I can do everything better and faster than I could even when I was a youthful and exuberant high school athlete.

Anyway, Cam is a great trainer and he decided to branch off and start his own company called Pursuit Fitness: http://www.pursuitfitnessmn.com/

Starting a new business and all, he needed a website and that website needed pictures.
Cam hired me to run around for a training session and snap a bunch of photos.

He wanted a gritty look, plus the equipment, location and lighting kind of forced our hand in that direction. All the photos were shot with a Canon 7D using a couple different zoom lenses.

I edited the images in Photoshop to enhance the texture and contrast while giving them all a consistent look.

theater people season three

A while back I had the honor of shooting the drama behind the drama for the Theater People Web Series for the 3rd season.

You can see Season 3 now, along with seasons 1 and 2, online:

I had such a blast lighting and shooting these episodes during a whirlwind production schedule on top of working my full time video producer job at the National Sports Center. 
Needless to say, I was pretty burned out at the end of production.

Season 3 is about to start hitting the festival circuit and I am so excited to see how it is received.

If you aren't sold yet, here's a trailer for you to enjoy:

This cast was such a treat to work with! Some old friends and some who I greatly admired.
It was a very fun, talented and gracious bunch, and you should hire them all and pay them lots of money.