EAT at the Scenic Cafe

If you’re in North Eastern Minnesota (or even if you’re not), I highly recommend dining at the Scenic Cafe. It’s on Scenic Hwy 61 about 10 miles or so north of Duluth. The menu is incredible – varied, interesting, different – not the usual fare you get in Duluth.

We had the joy & pleasure of shooting a scene there last night and Scott, the proprietor & chef was so incredibly gracious and spectacular. I believe he won everyone over with his tasty dinners & desserts last night – we’ll all be back.

Scott also catered our open house back in May which was amazing. So – check it out! Eat some good food, drink some good wine. Enjoy.

From Carrie's Blog,White Man's World | posted by carrie on October 16, 2007

Jason wins “Judges Choice” at Dance Competition

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Leave it to Mr. Page – jack of all trades – to master the ‘Contemporary Tango’ at last night’s “Celebrity Dance Challenge” put on by the Minnesota Ballet. He & partner Amanda Abrahamson did a sexy & stunning job of this tricky & technical dance which left the judges with thoughts of smouldering Buenos Aries nights.

Congratulations Jason!

From Carrie's Blog,Misc | posted by carrie on September 21, 2007

And Just Like That…

…we are back in production! We started last night with the first little bit of WHITE MAN’S WORLD. We have another shoot tonight and a full day on Monday. We’re trying to go about this production in a little more…shall we say…controlled way. Not so many long, unruly days on set; not so many crazed what do we need-why don’t we have it?!? moments…trying to keep everything even keeled so we can accomplish everything we set out to.

That being said – we are still having some of our usual challenges – people not returning phone calls, locations not quite set up yet, etc but mostly I am very pleased with how things are operating. I’m looking forward to these smaller days when we can really concentrate on what we’re doing and get exactly what we need!

I’m also very excited to be working again with people that we’ve worked with in the past: Steve Lattery, Michael Hartzel, John Agurkis, Matthew Glover, Marcus Trudeau, Carl Sauer, Zhauna Franks, Zach Stofer to name a few. AND we’re adding new faces to our crew too: Alice Shafer, Crystal Pelkey, Matthew Pursi and many others.

A new adventure is about to begin!

From Carrie's Blog,White Man's World | posted by carrie on

Support Jason as he Dances for Charity

Join The Minnesota Ballet for their annual fundraiser – CELEBRITY DANCE CHALLENGE featuring local celebs matched up with members of the Minnesota Ballet Company. Jason will be performing the tango with dancer Amanda Abrahamson and it will be a night to remember!

Thursday, September 20th at 7pm

Marshall School’s Fregeau Auditorium
1215 Rice Lake Rd.
Duluth, Minnesota

YOU decide the winner! The audience votes for their favorite couple so come on out and vote for Jason!

More info here: http://www.minnesotaballet.org/events/ 

From Carrie's Blog,Misc | posted by carrie on September 10, 2007

Happy Wrap Day!

Today is the day we wrap production on GOD ROCKS! We have one band interview left to capture and after that the film is in the can.

Jason & I have been busy in the editing suite working on compiling the various scenes and going through our copious (!) footage that was shot this summer for this film. We’re very happy with what we’re finding. It’s a little like mining. We are watching each segment and finding the gems & jewels and getting ready to compile them into the bigger picture.

And then we have auditions this weekend for the next film WHITE MAN’S WORLD. It’s good to be busy. It’s good to be productive. Now, I better get back to it.

From Carrie's Blog,God Rocks | posted by carrie on August 13, 2007

Belated Birthday Wishes

jason-directors-chair-2.jpgLast Week (June 13, in case you’re wondering) Jason celebrated a birthday! We always seem to be in production during his birthday in one way or another so this year is par for the course.

His friend Carl (who’s also in the film, shooting the film, wrangling bands & ice sculptures amongst other things) gave him a sweet new chair for his birthday:

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Happy Birthday, J-Dawg…hope you had a good one. :)

From Carrie's Blog | posted by carrie on June 21, 2007

1st Day of Shooting COMPLETE!

We just wrapped up our first day of shooting. Whew. I am pooped but all in all it was a good day. Shortly we will be downloading all of our footage into the “big” computer and thene eating some dinner and falling into bed. Tomorrow we get up and start it all over again!

I can’t wait to see the bands rock out with the audience tomorrow. The added energy & excitement that they bring will be great, I’m sure!

From Carrie's Blog | posted by carrie on June 2, 2007

T-Minus…

11 days and counting.

Pre-production is crazy. We’re trying to round up extras, get our locations/sets finalized, costumes fitted and appropriate, camera lenses polished and ready to go, songs rehearsed and recorded and a myriad of other things that are on my to-do list (that’s why I’m sitting here writing this blog entry!). There have been some ups and loads of downs and we have to keep plugging away and keep moving forward. These projects take oodles of time, energy, blood, sweat and tears and somehow we manage to come out on the other side. With a few laughs, some good memories and hopefully a lot of new very talented friends whom we can work with in the future. And of course a film which people will want to see.

If you haven’t signed up on our email distribution list yet – now would be a good time!!

From Carrie's Blog | posted by carrie on May 21, 2007

Ay yi yi….

Well, we’re down to the last couple of weeks of pre-production and although it’s an exciting time, it’s also filled with anxiety, stress and the ever present “what are we doing?!?” Filmmaking is always going to be a crazy thing. Trying to get so many people’s lives to mesh at exactly the right and same time is just one of the obstacles that comes along with it. We’ll keep plowing through and hopefully the Gods will smile on us and we’ll come out at the end…still breathing.

From Carrie's Blog | posted by carrie on May 17, 2007

Where to begin?

We’re set up in our new offices; with new toys; with a new script; meeting new actors, technicians and musicians. We have a new website and new deadlines. We have a great adventure ahead of us. We’ve done this before, but not quite like this. We are walking a new road which is full of interesting obstacles & achievements ahead. There will be hard work and late nights, spats and tears and swearing and the urge to throw things out the window. But this is a golden opportunity that we’re ready to embrace.

I think indie filmmaking MUST be like childbirth (not that I’d know). You get excited about it, scared, do it and it’s painful and full of things you can’t even imagine or make up and then it’s done and you are left with a baby – or in this case a snazzy full-color DVD. And you SWEAR you’ll never do it again – yet there you are, a year, 6 months whatever later doing it again and getting all excited about the new adventure.

God Rocks is full of it’s own unique challenges – mostly because it’s a “musical” really and that’s one area we haven’t really dealt with much. No, the actors aren’t breaking into song while washing their car or preparing sushi but there is a lot of original music and bands that are part of this unique equation. It should be fun.

We’ll be posting along as we go. You can check out Jason’s blog, my blog or the general “news” section for what’s happening. Come along for the journey.

From Carrie's Blog | posted by carrie on May 12, 2007

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