good good

My homage to former professor and mentor, Rusty Casselton.

"good good"
While working to get my film studies degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead, these were the words of approval I think all of us students sought after.
Rusty was the history and criticism teacher, department head and film studies patriarch. Although extremely supportive, he also pushed me and was quick to express when he thought I could do better. When we did our best or answered a question correctly, we would get a bright "good good" and then move through the rest of our day with a sense of achievement.

I sat through countless hours in Weld Hall, pictured above, watching movies (rough, I know) and listening to Rusty lecture. After the 1st year in the department, I took so many classes with him I had his class introduction speech memorized. He rarely varied it from the stern yet caring speech of someone that expects your best, but understands that you are a human.

Rusty passed away after surgery to try to treat his pancreatic cancer over Christmas break my junior year. I was devastated. We all were. We lost our father. 

This section of my website is dedicated to him.
Rusty always said, "Every movie is worth watching (holds up finger) once."

I always carried that, and many things him and the great faculty at MSUM taught, with me.

The "good good" posts are dedicated to reflecting on what I've watched: good, bad and everything in between. Brace yourselves.
I've got a minor in film history and criticism and it's about damn time I used it.

sleeper

Another 48 Hour Film Project film from the vault for you to enjoy.

This film, oh man, what a ride. 
Sleeper was the first film I directed in the Minneapolis area and it's success during the competition was the reason I ended up making the move from Fargo, ND to Minneapolis, MN.

Another collaboration with Ben Efron, Director of Photography, Dustin Solmonson, Editor, and this time our old friend Max Heesch took on the challenge of writing.

This weird little film was selected for the Best of the Fest screening and won the award for Best Cinematography. We had some serious fun with Lensbaby for that sweet tilt shift effect and threw in a slider for good measure.

The location was Dustin's hunting cabin about 90 minutes outside of the city. I do not recommend making any lengthy drives during a 48 Hour Film Challenge, but we did it and we all survived. 

Bonus points to the lead, Sarah, for being totally badass and having to deal with some serious tick action.

For your enjoyment:

time box

Pulling this well loved little movie out of the vault: 
Time Box was created during the Minneapolis 48 Hour Film Challenge about 5 years ago.
Jeez, has it been that long?

I directed this project, working with my long time collaborators and friends Tyler Mills, Ben Efron and Dustin Solmonson.

Both the leads are fellow MSUM alums, freakishly talented and making one hell of a name for themselves in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Theater scene. So, it was a dream to work with them even on very little sleep.