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One Day in The Twin Cities

Profile Spotlight: Chitwood Media

WELCOME TO NORTH / documentary film from Chitwood Media on Vimeo.

Who are you and what is your profession?

Josh Chitwood and Morgan Jensen are a soon-to-be married couple who live in North Minneapolis and operate a freelance business, called Chitwood Media, that provides services in film, design and photo. 

Can you tell us a little about your background and upbringing?

Josh and Morgan grew up as third culture kids. Josh's parents moved from Indianapolis to a small town in Illinois for ministry, while Morgan's parents moved from small towns in Minnesota and Iowa to Minneapolis for ministry. Both Josh and Morgan have had exposure to many different cultural contexts and have found a passion for people and their stories. 

What inspired you to become a filmmaker?  

Josh grew up with a love for creating visual art. Starting with comic books, wallpapers and home videos, Josh has now advanced to professionally creating films and designs, with a special interest in documentary filmmaking. Morgan has always had a love for art and for people. Collages, photography and mixed media were some of her favorite art forms growing up. However, Morgan's heart for listening to people and their stories became her focus. In 2012, Josh and Morgan met each other and soon became best friends because of their similar interest in culture, art, frugality, adventures and faith. This became the basis of not only their friendship, but of Chitwood Media as well. Within two weeks of meeting each other, Josh and Morgan began filming their first documentary together. 

Who or what do you most admire?

Jesus and the diversity amongst people.

What do you love about the Twin Cities?

Diversity, biking, urban density, public transportation and our community in North Minneapolis.

What do you fear most for the Twin Cities?

Segregation in neighborhoods.

What do you hope for the Twin Cities in the next 20 years?

An expansive light-rail system, more urban structured living and an even more diverse population.

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One Day in The Twin Cities

Profile Spotlight: Alex Horner

2013 Cinematography reel from Alex Horner on Vimeo.

1. Who are you and what is your profession?

My name is Alex Horner, and I am a freelance DP.

2. Can you tell us a little about your background and upbringing?

I got my start editing at a small production company right out of high school.  Most of the work was documentary, and non-profit.  It gave me a chance to meet some incredible people, learn about them, and get to tell their story.  That job really helped me become better at understanding different points of view.  It really shaped my passion for telling stories about real people.

3. What inspired you to become a filmmaker?

Meeting new people and having opportunities to visit places that I would never be able to if it weren’t for my job.  In a way, I sort of fell into it, and quickly realized that I loved it.

4. Who or what do you most admire?

My dad has been a freelance commercial composer his whole life.  He made it on his own, and shaped his business how he saw fit.  That was very enticing, so I decided to go the same route, and it’s paying off.  Growing up, I saw how much freedom he had in his work, and that was something that I wanted as well.  Both of my parents have always done what they wanted to do, making it happen however they could.

5. What do you love about the Twin Cities?

The fact that you can live in a city, but travel a few hours North and be in the middle of nowhere.  Other than that, I’m not sure, I just do.

6. What do you fear most for the Twin Cities?

Sometimes I feel it’s hard to keep young talent around.  I am constantly thinking about my next move, and whether or not the Twin Cities can give me what I need professionally.  The city needs to grow, but I am confident that will happen.

7. What do you hope for the Twin Cities in the next 20 years?

I’d like to see higher budget commercial work shot here.  There is great work being done, but there is a lot of room to grow.  The talent and landscape is here.

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Profile Spotlight: D.A. Bullock

Who are you and what is your profession?
I am a filmmaker.

Can you tell us a little about your background and upbringing?
I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, raised mostly by a group of wonderful and brilliant women including my mother and my grandmother.

What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
I had a strong feeling, a strong desire to see stories about people like me, who reflect my complex circumstance of life and confluence. I did not see myself in any films or television at the time. I saw a simplistic sketch of me, but I did not see me.

Who or what do you most admire?
I admire extraordinary iconoclastic creators of all stripes, from Fannie Lou Hamer to Melvin Van Peeples to Jean Michel Basquiat.

What do you love about the Twin Cities?
I love that we are big enough to aspire, but small enough to touch one another. There is an opportunity for real connection here that can make a difference. Right now, it is somewhat unrealized. However, I think the energy in the Twin Cities is moving toward something special.

What do you fear most for the Twin Cities?
I fear that the people of the Twin Cities will acquiesce to their comfy politeness and not fully commit to facing the challenges of a true multi-cultural world. Issues like race, class and poverty are hard to address in the TC. Mostly because the cognitive dissonance that exists between the collective huge heart and the status quo disparities in the cities.

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