Mike Scholtz Posts

Slow TV: Basket Weeding at the Food Farm


Is this the most boring video ever shot at the Food Farm? Or the most mesmerizing?

You be the judge.

Slow TV: Moving Chickens at the Food Farm


Slow TV documents ordinary events over long periods of time in delightful detail. This particular example features live animals, an on-camera introduction and a few seconds of fast-motion!

But don’t get used to these exciting innovations. Our next video could just as easily be 12 straight hours of grass growing.

Slow TV: Broccoli Planting at the Food Farm


So good for you. So slow for you.

Slow TV: Carrot Washing at the Food Farm


This is how the Food Farm washes carrots, slowly.

Duluth Puzzle Derby 2016


Let’s face it: competitive jigsaw puzzling is never going to be particularly exciting to watch. Unless you speed it up! Here’s some time-lapse GoPro footage from last Saturday’s third annual Duluth Puzzle Derby at Clyde Iron Works.

Music is “Held My Breath” by Portrait of a Drowned Man, which was composed for Wicker Kittens, a feature-length documentary about competitive jigsaw puzzling.

Slow TV: Winter Share Packing at the Food Farm


See your Food Farmers pack up February’s share of vegetables and experience a phenomenon I like to call “maximum mesmerization.”

Slow TV! Coming Soon from the Food Farm


Have you ever wondered how the Food Farm in Wrenshall grows such delicious and wholesome food? In 2016, you’ll get to feast on a bumper crop of incredibly-detailed-but-somehow-mesmerizing-behind-the-scenes videos shot at the farm in the style of Norwegian public television’s Slow TV documentaries. Here’s a small taste.

Minnesota is puzzling

If you liked my last film, Wild Bill’s Run, you might also like my next film, Wicker Kittens. On the other hand, you might hate it. Because they’re two different films. This one is about competitive jigsaw puzzling. I’m going to stop trying to second guess your personal tastes now and let you watch the trailer:

Outside magazine presents a free online screening of Wild Bill’s Run

This is your best chance to see local documentary and Arctic crime caper Wild Bill’s Run. It’s screening on Outside’s website on Thursday evening, Feb. 7. You can watch the film anytime between 6 and 9pm (Central Time). Director Mike Scholtz will be hanging out in the comments section at the bottom of the page, waiting for people to ask him questions he can’t answer about snowmobile repair, climate change and the whereabouts of Wild Bill Cooper.

Experimental Cinema

Lawrence Bernabo previewed my documentary Wild Bill’s Run on KUMD. Meanwhile, I had a bunch of mesmerizing raw footage left over from editing the film. I thought it might be a good idea to throw these two things together, sorta randomly, without thinking about it too much.

Wild Bill’s Run premiering at MSPIFF

Thursday, April 19th at 7pm at the St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis. Tickets are available here.

Wild Bill’s Run is a documentary about Willow River’s own Bill Cooper. He led a polar expedition in the 70s that was supposed to go to Moscow. But his life took some unexpected turns before landing him on the U.S. Marshals’ 10 Most Wanted List. In other words, I really grew to love this guy.

MSPIFF is the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. It’s a pretty nice festival, even if it doesn’t take place in a barn.

I’m hoping to announce the local premiere soon. Not, like, tomorrow. But soon…

This Is How Dave Found His Voice

I think you might like this documentary for a number of reasons:
1) It’s really good.
2) It’s super pretty.
3) It’s way more interesting to hear a swell guy like Dave tell you his story than it is to learn about teen depression on Wikipedia. (But if you do happen to learn a few things about depression, and you want to do something about that, please visit givevoicenow.com and donate a couple of bucks to help the Miller-Dwan Foundation build Amberwing, a mental health facility for kids, teens and young adults here in Duluth.)

Tonight at the Free Range Film Festival: Large white animals!

Here’s Why Google Should Choose Duluth:

In Search of a Legend

I’m working on a documentary that will explain, once and for all, how awesome Duluth is. (In case our friends at Google didn’t already know.) But I need one last thing.

I’ve heard from many reliable sources that an anonymous jokester posted a billboard on the edge of town that read: “Will the last person to leave Duluth please turn out the lights?” But I’ve never seen a photo that documents this.

If anyone has a photo of this important piece of Duluth history, please let me know. The future of our entire city depends on it. (Not really. But it would be nice to have.)