Up and Running

Dear Friends

Much has been happening since I last posted to the site. First, I’ve approached the Northfield Historical Society to become the transitional fiscal agent for Documentary Northfield. This will give us time to organize as non-profit with the IRS and give potential donors an opportunity to receive a tax credit for their donations.

Second, we are just beginning to create a mini documentary for Seeds Farm in Northfield. I’ll be working with farm manager Becca Carlson and others to tell an interesting and compelling story about the Farm and its relationship to the community of Northfield (and beyond).

On August 8, 2014, I was interviewed by Paula Granquist of KYMN fame. The audio link to the show is shown below.  Thanks again to Paula for her ongoing support for our video work on behalf of the community.

Art Zany interview.

I will be posting more regularly as thing progress. The next step is to create a Board of Directors. This should be in place by the end of the month.

Moving Forward

It is my intention to organize Documentary Northfield (DN) as a non-profit. Before formally submitting organizational documents to state and federal authorities, I am preparing an organizational plan that will define the mission and vision of DN and develop goals and objectives for its first five years. I will then consult with a number of individuals and entities in the community to help me evaluate and advance the initiative.

If you would like to participate in this planning process or know of someone in Northfield who would, please contact me at paul@callingpaul.com or call 507-581-3069. You may also use the “comment” form below.

Once the plan is completed, I will make it available here. Thanks in advance for your interest in Documentary Northfield

Documentaries by Dennis Wilcox Now On Our Site

We are happy to add five documentaries to our “Past Documentaries” tab. Dennis Wilcox created them in 2001 and then updated them in 2005. Dennis and I created the Northfield Community Video Project in 2000 and together we produced 11 short docs about aspects of Northfield life. In particular, we focused on those things that affect Northfielders’ quality of life. Although fifteen years have passed since we began the project, much of what you will see and hear in these films will resonate with your sense of what it means to be a part of this community.

Documentary Northfield will continue this exploration of Northfield life and times with the goal of understanding what it means to be a “Northfielder.”

So check out Dennis’ and my films and see where we were at the turn of the century.

 

 

 

Two New Promotional Videos Completed

I’ve just completed videos for two local entities: Heartwork Yoga Studio in Northfield and Ruth’s House of Hope in Faribault. The video for Ruth’s House was shown Saturday, February 8 at the nonprofit’s Gala in Faribault.

It is a great privilege to be able to help these two marvelous organizations. To see the videos click on their links below. Permanent links can be found under the Recent Docs tab on this site.

Heartwork Yoga video 

Ruth’s House of Hope video

Harvest and Genesis to Air on TPT-MN in February

Twin Cities Public Television will air both of our recent documentaries during the month of February!

Harvest: A Community’s History Founded in Bronze will air on the Minnesota channel four times on February 1 (1am, 7am, 1pm and 7pm). See the chart below to find your cable channel.

Genesis: The Art of Creation will air four times on the Minnesota channel on February 22 (2am, 8am, 2pm and 8pm). I appreciate their support for our documentary work.

Sidewalk Poetry Premiere – February 1, 2014 (DVD’s available now)

Our Sidewalk Poetry documentary has been completed and will be introduced on February 1, 2014 at the kick-off event for the 2014 Sidewalk Poetry competition.

The event will be held in the meeting room of Just Food Coop located at 516 Water Street South here in Northfield.

All are welcome to attend. The event starts at 10am.

DVD’s are now available for purchase. Just $20 plus $2.50 handling and shipping for out of town orders….Click on our “Buy DVD” button to buy the DVD. Run-time for the film is 22 minutes.

Our Blog

We are making progress on this site and would like to welcome you to our Blog. Here we will keep you updated on our current projects and  what we have planned for the year ahead.

We have just completed a 20 minute documentary about Northfield’s Sidewalk Poetry initiative. The documentary shows all aspects of how these poems are chosen, placed in concrete and celebrated. Although the focus is on the 2013 round of submissions, the documentary also includes some of the poems installed in 2011 and 2012.

We are planning a series of screenings in January and February of 2014. Follow us as we introduce this new offering to the Northfield community. Once we’ve had the screenings, we will also be posting the documentary on this site

We have several ideas for 2014. These include a short documentary on how Blue Monday Coffee House creates bonds of community between residents, visitors and the staff members who come from either St. Olaf College or Carleton College. It will be fun.

Welcome

Welcome to Documentary Northfield.

Our mission is to remind current residents why they choose to live here and to suggest reasons why prospective residents might consider joining our remarkable community.

We will fulfill our mission by using the art of visual storytelling to answer the question,
“what do we mean by the quality of life?” We hear all too much about the quantities of life: population, income distribution, number of schools and churches, etc. The quality of life cannot be measured, but it can be revealed by showing the day to day interactions of our people and the exceptional creative power of our “living treasures.”

Since 2000, we have been documenting this elusive quality and will continue to do so long into the future. We will do so by joining with others in our community to create a model of community building that will inspire our youth to learn about the documentary process and create new visions of what is important to themselves and the larger community.

Through our blog we will reveal the way in which documentary films are made, create awareness of remarkable people in our midst, and celebrate the great potential that Northfield has as a true “arts town.”