FilmNorth Member Ken Rance’s THRILLER Gets Netflix Release

April 19th, 2019

Minnesota WGA screenwriter/FilmNorth member Ken Rance’s movie Thriller, co-written with director Dallas Jackson, has received distribution by Netflix.

The movie was initially sold to Fox 2000 back in 1998 and given the green light for production in Baltimore, MD with a $11.5M budget. Usher and R&B singer Aaliyah were considered for the lead roles. Then the Columbine shootings occurred, and many movie projects depicting any form of school violence were tabled by studio execs, following a congressional hearing on the subject. For 19 years the Thriller script bounced around Hollywood until Dallas Jackson got Divide/Conquer—a subsidiary of Blumhouse Productions (Us, Get Out, The Purge, Whiplash, BlacKkKlansman)—on board. Continue reading »

FilmNorth Student’s First Film Accepted to MSPIFF

April 9th, 2019

FilmNorth student Pete O’Keefe’s first film TO MY SON @ 21 was accepted to the 2019 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. The short-form memoir film, in which Pete gathers old photographs and reflects on his son’s 21-year journey into adulthood, was made through FilmNorth’s very first Stories 55 program class, Creating a Short Video Memoir, taught by Pam Colby last spring. Congratulations, Pete! More info here.

Youth Summer Camps Open for Registration

February 6th, 2019

FilmNorth is offering 15 camps for youth ages 10-18, plus our expanded 3-week FilmNorth Academy for more experienced filmmakers ages 17-24. Whether you’re into screenwriting, narrative filmmaking, music video, animation, or photography, there’s a camp for you! Full schedule here.

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