Jesse Roesler, Director + Producer + Cinematographer
Jesse is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker whose work has been screened internationally in venues such as South By Southwest Film Festival and on Current TV. Jesse’s approach to filmmaking is best described as Cinematic Authenticity. By fusing narrative cinematic technique with the authenticity found in documentary style filmmaking, his work blurs the lines between fiction and non-fiction by capturing the truth in a conceptually thoughtful manner. All of Jesse’s creations can be viewed here and his client work with Bolster here.
Bill Kersey, Editor + Co-Executive Producer
A resident of St. Paul, Bill Kersey holds a BFA in Media Arts from the University of Arizona. He has edited several documentary features, including the award-winning Thicker Than Water and American Heart, and also worked as editor on the Independent Lens documentary Precious Knowledge. He has been an Editing Fellow at the NALIP Latino Producers Academy and a selected participant in the Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium, and his award-winning short films have screened at dozens of festivals nationally and internationally.
Melody Gilbert, Producer
Melody Gilbert is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker who has directed and produced non-judgmental, character-driven stories for film and television for more than 20 years. The Documentary Channel calls her “one of the most fearless filmmakers in contemporary documentary cinema.” She has made five independent feature-length documentaries in the past seven years: Fritz: The Walter Mondale Story (2008), Urban Explorers: Into the Darkness (2007), A Life Without Pain (2005), Whole (2003) and Married at the Mall (2002). All of her films have screened at major film festivals, in theaters and on television worldwide, including the Sundance Channel and on dozens of television networks internationally such as TF5 (France), YLE (Finland), RTL (Germany) and more.
Melody is currently teaching documentary filmmaking and multimedia journalism at the American University in Bulgaria and still in production on her own films as well as producing The Starfish Throwers.
Dan Satorius, Executive Producer
Dan Satorius is a producer and lawyer. His firm is Satorius Law Firm, PC. He has represented clients in independent film and TV for over 25 years. His clients include Academy Award, Emmy Award, Independent Spirit, and Sundance award winners. He frequently writes and speaks about entertainment law, was an adjunct professor of law, and is the Motion Picture and Television Vice-Chair of the ABA’s Forum on the Entertainment Industry. Dan is on the Super Lawyers® list in the area of Intellectual Property/Entertainment. He is rated by American Lawyer as a ‘Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property’ in 2013 and received the AV Preeminent® peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Dan has a Masters of Arts in Film and is a producer of award-winning films. In 2011 he released TWELVE THIRTY, a feature film he produced and Jeff Lipsky wrote and directed. He is currently in development with a fictional feature and several documentary features.
Victor Rukavina, Additional Cinematography + Sound Mixing
Hailing from the Iron Range of northern Minnesota, Victor Rukavina moved to Minneapolis to attend school, where he received a BFA in filmmaking from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He has worked as a freelance artist in the Minnesota film industry for the past 5 years, contributing his talents to feature-length films, shorts, music videos and commercials. Victor loves to travel and has been fortunate enough to work in far flung locations such as Nicaragua, China, the Caribbean and India. Aside from his filmmaking, Victor has a passion for the arts, animals and the great outdoors.
Patrick Meehan, Additional Cinematography + Sound Mixing
Patrick is a Videographer, Photographer and Video Editor local to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
Pete Tedrow, Impact Producer
A storyteller at heart, Pete holds a BA in English and MFA in fiction. A lifetime Minnesotan, Pete works as a freelancer in writing, copywriting, copyediting, film festival work, social media, film promotion/ outreach/ marketing, and writing instruction. An aspiring screenwriter himself, he has served on staff at the Sundance and Tribeca film festivals, and with The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. He has also volunteered with numerous others—Sundance, Toronto International, Tribeca, Telluride, Sound Unseen, and Flyway, as well as Comic-Con: International San Diego. Pete helped manage the Kickstarter campaign which raised funds to put the finishing touches on the film, coordinates distribution and impact efforts, handles outreach to community partners around the globe, develops social media and merchandise strategy, and handles press communications and merchandise sales for the film.
Jay Rudeen, Editing Assistance
Jay has worked in documentary, narrative and commercial film and video production in Southern California, Northern California and New York before returning to his native Minneapolis/St Paul. He’s been a part of production and post on several award-winning documentary projects which include a Student Emmy, a Northern California Regional Emmy, national PBS broadcasts, a Peabody Award, and an Academy Award nomination. He’s excited for a long, enriching career in nonfiction storytelling.
Thomas Schmidt, Additional Cinematography + Production & Editing Assistance
Allie Young, Editing Assistance
Sandi Roesler, Transcription
Bolster, Branding + Design + Production Support
Bolster is a brand engagement agency based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Undertone Music, Post Production Sound Services
Pixel Farm, Color Grade
Golden Sun Marketing, Publicity Assistance
Jesse Roesler is a fiscal year 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant form the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant form the Minnesota state Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.