Working on a feature film is a dream for some, not realized by many. The reality of this dream is in fact hard, non-glamorous work. Yet the experience is deep reaching and can impact you for life, especially when the film carries a valuable and life-changing message. This is the experience being realized by student interns of the Digital Video and Media Production program at Minnesota School of Business. The film, “Stay Then Go” is a feature film project currently preparing to shoot in Minneapolis, Minnesota the end of August through September. The film is written and directed by Shelli Ainsworth with Christine Walker and Geoffrey Sass producing and Stephanie Dillon as Executive Producer.
Producer, Christine Walker is a member of the Digital Video and Media Production program’s advisory board. Minnesota School of Business is honored to be affiliated with such a talented film producer. Christine’s credits speak to her success. She recently produced “Darling Companion”, directed by Lawrence Kasdan and starring Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline. Her other producing credits include the Sundance Film Festival premiere film “Thin Ice”; Sundance opening night premier film “Howl” directed by academy award-winning directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman; the Todd Solondz directed “Life During Wartime” which won Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival; “Older Than America” starring Adam Beach and Bradley Cooper; “Factotum” starring Matt Dillon, Lily Taylor and Marisa Tomei, and she line-produced one of my all-time favorite movies the Academy Award nominated “American Splendor” starring Paul Giamatti.
Minnesota School of Business students are participating in a range of roles in support of the film. The students are fortunate to have such a great opportunity and are experiencing applied learning in an exciting way. The film is based on the writer/director’s personal experiences as a mother of a child with autism, “Stay Then Go” is being described by the film-makers as an authentic and nuanced portrayal of a woman whose life takes a series of surprising turns as she adapts to her son’s disability. The project is of double value to the students. It is providing them real world film experience with respected industry professionals, and perhaps even more importantly, it is an investment in helping to spread an impactful story that carries a powerful message and will hopefully create greater awareness of autism.