JuiceMedia Guests

Over the course of the 2017 spring session, JuiceMedia students have had the opportunity to meet some successful and very talented folks from the Twin Cities’ independent filmmaking world.  Our guests included Dawn Mikkelson, Alisha Mueller, Jesse Roesler, Xiaolu Wang, Melody Gilbert and Michael Forstein.  Having filmmakers like this come in and share their work is awesome because it shows how expansive the field of filmmaking really is.  Below is a little snippet about each talented filmmaker.

green green water.jpgDawn Mikkelson
Mikkelson has completed four award-winning independent feature documentaries, The Red Tail, Green Green Water, THIS obedience, and Treading Water: a documentary, which illuminate larger societal issues while creating understanding through the intimate stories of individuals. When she visited juiceMedia, she talked about crowd-sourcing, grants, and other ways one can kick start their independent film project.

Alicia Mueller and Michael Forstein
Alisha and Michael came together on the same day. Alisha was a script supervisor, which necessitated some clarification. On a film set, Alisha will follow the script and make sure that the scene is set up exactly the same way it was left from a previous take (water bottle is upright, pillow is flat on the couch, etc). Moreover, she makes sure that shooting happens in a way that makes it easier for the editor.heartofwilderness.jpeg

Michael is an independent filmmaker. He has filmed everything from thriller to comedy. He gave the juiceMedia folks some insight about how a narrative film is constructed and how to distribute it for screening.

Jesse Roesler
As an Emmy and James Beard award winning filmmaker, Jesse has become very successful in the Twin Cities film scene. His film Starfish Throwers is a critically acclaimed documentary and has screened in several places globally. Seven years ago, he started Bolster/Credo, a creative brand management and non-fiction cinema production company that has clients all over the world.


Xiaolu Wang
Xiaolu is a filmmaker from the Twin Cities who came in to show a powerful piece about her name. The film was a very poetic piece that paired images with her own narration about her name and how the film was an attempt to reject her American name and reclaim her original name.  She was also looking for potential interns who wanted to Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 5.24.06 PM.pngexpand their video portfolio and help her with an interactive art exhibit.  Now partnered with JuiceMedia alumni Melissa, Xiaolu is currently documenting local artist Marcus Young’s collaborative dance project, Don’t You Feel It Too?.

Melody Gilbert
melodygilber.jpegMelody is an established documentary filmmaker in the Twin Cities who is known for her small crew, run-and-gun style filmmaking. She produced Jesse Roesler’s Starfish Throwers, and has directed The Summer Help, Steps in the Fire, and A Life Without Pain. She teaches workshops at IFP and came in to talk to students about the multidimensional process of beginning a documentary film. Most students were surprised when they found out how complex the formation of even a simple documentary can be.

— Markus

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JuiceMedia at EDU Film Fest 2017

This year you can catch some of our JuiceMedia student films at the upcoming EDU film festival! Check the festival’s schedule for Ethan S’s Optimist Club, Melissa’s Memories, Sam’s Lovers and New Frontier, Savina’s Uncomfortable and Ethan D’s Moonlight Sonata. Overall, thirteen short films made by students in the various IFP MN youth programs will be featured.

This year’s fest takes place at the Showplace ICON Theaters in St Louis Park on Friday, May 19, 10 am to 3 pm.  A panel discussion on women in film and television takes place 11:30 am-12:15 pm. The best of the fest finalist showcase screens 1:10-2:40 pm. EDU is free and open to the public.

Come and support our young emerging filmmakers on May 19!  More information on the fest can be found here.

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VR is a Technological Fetus

When putting on the 2017 Sundance Virtual Reality cardboard goggles, I was transported into the screen of my phone. I was immersed in any world that I wanted, whether that be the nostalgic world of Star Wars or the dark and atmospheric world of Mr. Robot. I had the freedom to choose whichever camera angle I pleased with the slight turn of head.

VR is still in its early stages of development, but even now as a technological fetus, it has so much potential that could rival the birth of film itself. VR is the future of cinema and with this VR headset, JuiceMedia is leading its members towards that bright 360 degree future.

Here are some extra videos to explore with your own VR headset:
“Saturnz Barz” — Gorillaz
“Conjuring 2”

— Ethan

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Ridley Scott…In Space?

Today we were talking about upcoming films and we touched on the topic of Alien: Covenant, so I [Sam] made a really quick edit of Ridley Scott in space, being chased by the Xenomorph from the original Alien.

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JuiceMedia Springs Ahead

The first week of JuiceMedia was a welcoming experience to newcomers and oldies alike. The introductory work with cameras and lights put newcomers on the spot, giving them a hands-on approach with the equipment. Fortunately, errors were met with kind correction, enforcing the friendly environment JuiceMedia has to offer. Being a newcomer myself, I can say without a doubt that these past weeks with JuiceMedia have created experiences worthy to be had–and I know the others like me feel the same way.

Meet me, (Michael) and some fellow crew members in the video below!

Meet the Spring 2017 JuiceMedia Crew: part one from IFP Minnesota on Vimeo.

JuiceMedia continues on with production. Check this space for more updates!


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JuiceMedia’s first zine

Meet the fall 2016 JuiceMedia crew with their fun and creative zine.
Drop by our space @ 550 Vandalia for a coveted hard copy. (Hurry–there’s a limited supply!)
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Thoughts on 2016 Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair

The Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair 2016 was held at the Patrick Henry High School on Friday, October 21st. The event provided great activities including a youth network, a youth keynote, and various workshops. The youth network was a time for teenagers to connect with others who were from different locations in the area. Hanging up around the room were questions and quotes that allowed us to create a space for discussion. This was a time to continue the discussion about social justice issues, furthering our knowledge about different perspectives of social justice and to be aware of the differences of people.

In the youth keynote, six young females were given a few questions relating to the social justice issues in education. They were sharing their thoughts about the way education is set up in schools and the way social justice should be incorporated. Numerous people from different race, gender, ethnicity, and age had attended this part of the event. After the youth keynote, adults were asked to leave, allowing all the youth to attend a more personal informal discussion about social justice. During this time the audience was given the opportunity to ask questions that the six females gave feedback on. The answers that were given created a space for discussion with the people in the audience, making it seem like a conversation rather than a Q&A.

Multiple workshops were offered to everyone to attend.  We, JuiceMedia, had a workshop about sharing the way filmmaking works. IFP MN provided cameras to give the opportunity for people to learn how to capture videos and edit the final film. We taught them how to take shots and angles, capture good audio, and provide broad questions for an interview. This workshop was to help share that film is an important form to share the voices of people.

Overall, the Social Justice Education Fair was a great way to create discussion, be informed about social justice and not only know how to incorporate justice into education, but incorporate it into daily life, too.

— Carlos, Melissa & Sam

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