Alex Tyler and friends scale rock outcroppings at Robinson Park in Sandstone, about 60 miles southwest of Duluth.
Matthew Dressel is a Duluth filmmaker, screenwriter and movie enthusiast. He has served as host and festival director to the Duluth Superior Film Festival, and like most movie makers, seems to always have something in the works. This week in Selective Focus, we hear about some current and past projects, and challenges of putting work out to a YouTube audience.
MD: For as long as I can remember I’ve primarily considered myself to be a screenwriter. The problem with screenwriting, however, is that you need to wait for people to see it. This can take years and, for some, may never happen at all. So it’s a lot of waiting with potentially no pay-off. So along the way, I try to make things when I’m able. Up until recently, this has meant making short films, but this past year I’ve gotten into creating my own web series called The Pilot is Dead.
The Minnesota Twins ended an historic season by bowing to the New York Yankees in three straight playoff games. But Duluth band Trampled by Turtles was able to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before it was all over. Video via Jumbotron above.
The Free Range Film Barn in Wrenshall opens for occasional art exhibits. In this video, curator Annie Dugan shows off works by artists Catherine Meier and Kristina Estell.
Business consulting company Elixirr produces a show where the interviews with entrepreneurs are conducted in an airplane. Episode Two features Dale Klapmeier, co-founder of Cirrus Aircraft. From the Airtime website:
By flying them over the places that shaped who they are today, Airtime brings you the stories of inspirational entrepreneurs. Find out where they get their drive from, how they made it, and who shaped them along the way. These are the stories of the founders of some of the world’s most innovative and disruptive companies. All told at 3,000 feet.
In this edition of The Slice, Mackenzie and friends discover the intention behind Creative Crosswalks in Duluth. Artist Moira Villiard coordinates the neighborhood project through Zeitgeist Community, painting murals at intersections to attract attention and promote pedestrian and bicycle safety by slowing traffic.
You may have seen signs and literature around town encouraging pet owners to pick up after their pooches. Here’s a PSA for the campaign. Sponsored by Duluth Park and Recreation Department, along with the Regional Stormwater Protection Team.
With Jenna Kelly and Jody Kujawa, video by Danger Bird Productions