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Past, Present & future

Genesis of the Film

Brett Andres wrote and performed a single scene of the concept at the New Actors Workshop in New York City for Mike Nichols – it didn’t quite… bring the house down. A few years later Andres met the girl. His relationship inspired him to restart the project. Living in a small apartment in Harlem with his girlfriend and his good friend Colin Markowitz, Andres finished the play while his girlfriend helped him find a producer. By the time Our Fantasies Are Eating Us Alive! opened in October, 2009 at The City in Manhattan, the relationship was over and Andres was cast as “Hazzard” and his then ex-girlfriend as “Girlfriend” – Yeah, it had gotten a little weird, but the play was a reasonable success. Since then the story has evolved, characters were added and taken away…But at the heart of it there’s still a real and true broken heart.

Links to Critique of Original Play.

Past to Present

While on a drive back from a week of debauchery in New Orleans in 2012, the brothers Markowitz read Andres’ latest version of Andres’ screenplay adaptation of Our Fantasies Are Eating Us Alive!  Andres had spent years stained with coffee and cheap white whine reworking the story.  That draft blew the brothers away – Somewhere in Northwestern Missouri in a fireworks shop parking lot they decided the story was too genius not be realized on film. Within a week an offer was presented to Andres and soon thereafter the trio formed Don’t Mind If I Do Films, LLC to make the fantasy reality.

Future

Don’t Mind If I Do Films, LLC has proceeded to begin making the right connections, asking the tough questions and attracting the best collaborators to develop the film. The new production company has come a long way from the first coffee-stained, dog-eared copy of Our Fantasies Are Eating Us Alive! that was purchased in 2012. After building a great volunteer team the road to the silver screen is currently planned as follows:

  1. Launch our Kickstarter fundraising campaign for our short films based upon the feature film script with a fundraiser concert at The Nomad World Pub on April 26, 2014
  2. Execute production of the short films from June to November 2014.
  3. Submit our short films to festivals while fundraising for and seeking distribution of our feature film with the goal of shooting the feature September 2015.

We on the right path forward to success and would love to hear your input. Hope to see you all at our launch party!

Cast, Crew & Collaborators

  • Brett Andres
    Don’t Mind If I Do Films, LLC Principal

    Brett Andres
    Don’t Mind If I Do Films, LLC Principal

  • Colin Markowitz
    Don’t Mind If I Do Films, LLC Principal

    Colin Markowitz
    Don’t Mind If I Do Films, LLC Principal

  • Daniel Markowitz
    Don’t Mind If I Do Films, LLC Principal

    Daniel Markowitz
    Don’t Mind If I Do Films, LLC Principal

  • Mike Nelson
    Direction

    Mike Nelson
    Direction

  • Nick Junkersfeld
    Cinematography

    Nick Junkersfeld
    Cinematography

  • Lynne Blumenthal
    Casting

    Lynne Blumenthal
    Casting

  • Michael Caulfield
    Creative

    Michael Caulfield
    Creative

  • Justin Ayd
    Social Media & Marketing

    Justin Ayd
    Social Media & Marketing

  • Caitlin Bixby
    Press & Media Relations Intern

    Caitlin Bixby
    Press & Media Relations Intern

  • Evelyn Maly
    Business Analysis & Creative

    Evelyn Maly
    Business Analysis & Creative

  • Jason Norman
    Illustration & Design

    Jason Norman
    Illustration & Design

  • Zac Springer
    Associate Producer

    Zac Springer
    Associate Producer


Brett Andres

Don’t Mind If I Do Films, LLC Principal

Brett Andres, an actor and writer with 15+ years experience. Most recently Brett won best web series at the Philadelphia Film and Animation Festival contest for his Ghost Sasquatch. Brett is also a human resources professional.


Colin Markowitz

Don’t Mind If I Do Films, LLC Principal

Colin Markowitz began early on as an actor and troupe manager. He cemented his transition into film and television by completing the highly selective Directors Guild of America’s Assistant Director Trainee Program. Colin has worked in various capacities on many productions, including Board to Death, The Amazing Spiderman, 30 Rock, The Taking of Pelham 123, Salt, and How to Make it in America.


Daniel Markowitz

Don’t Mind If I Do Films, LLC Principal

Daniel Markowitz has 20 years of domestic and international business experience in strategic marketing, commercial finance, quality management and sales. Daniel has driven innovation and commercial success at large multinationals (HB Fuller Company and General Electric) and start-ups.


Mike P. Nelson works independently and commercially as a director and producer. He currently works as Head of Film Production at MAKE in Minneapolis, MN. Whether he is shooting, editing, directing, or producing; working on a feature or putting together a commercial, Mike’s focus remains creating imaginative, stylized, story driven work. By night he is a ravenous independent filmmaker churning out the dark, the weird, and the insatiably tasty movie.


Nick Junkersfeld

Cinematography

Nick Junkersfeld is a Director of Photography based in Minneapolis and has photographed numerous commercial, narrative and documentary projects in the Twin Cities and abroad. Perpetually striving to elevate every film he’s a part of, Nick has proven to be a visual artist and collaborator of exceptional standards.


Lynne Blumenthal

Casting

Since 1989, Lynn Blumenthal has been casting film, television, commercials and industrial/web projects.  Her passion for the business is only outweighed by her respect and love for the actors and clients she feels so honored to work with.

For over 20 years, Lynn Blumenthal Casting has been providing clients around the country with an impeccable eye for talent and the ability to direct the best performance from them. Lynn’s work is based on the fundamental belief that honesty and integrity are paramount in the casting process. Lynn has worked with some of the best film directors (David Lynch, Sam Raimi, Tony Bill, Ted Demme) and producers (Michael Polaire, Alan Blomquist, Barry Mendel, Christine Walker).


Michael Caulfield

Creative

Mick Caulfield is an edgy comedic screenwriter with a passion for film. Mick is currently completing his undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Film at the University of Minnesota.


Justin Ayd

Social Media & Marketing

Justin Christopher Ayd is a Minneapolis based independent filmmaker who is interested in telling small-scale stories about the intimate and revealing day-to-day dilemmas of human existence. Most recently his short subject documentary The Man in the Booth was selected for MNTV 2013, an annual three-part series produced in collaboration with Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota, Twin Cities Public Television and the Walker Art Center. Justin also works as a freelance videographer & editor, social media curator for Willow Creek Cinemas Twelve, and contributing blogger for Plymouth MN Patch.


Caitlin Bixby

Press & Media Relations Intern

Caitlin Bixby is a senior at Macalester College pursuing a degree in media and cultural studies. She enjoys studying social media from a critical perspective, using post-modern media theories as constructive lenses. Caitlin’s personal interests lie in fashion, where she has started to establish herself with a street style internship with CollegeFashionista and her own personal style blog.


Evelyn Maly

Business Analysis & Creative

Evelyn Maly is an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. She is majoring in marketing and enjoys incorporating her creative skills into business projects. Evelyn has a strong passion for movie making, specifically writing, and cinematography, as well as the marketing and distribution sides.


Jason Norman

Illustration & Design

Jason currently works in Minneapolis as a freelance and contract visual artist, having worked with a variety of international and local musicians, designers, production companies, and commercial goods and apparel manufacturers- creating hand rendered and digital illustrations and identity systems for use in print and across the internet. Ultimately the final product of the art Jason creates is an amalgamation of experiences, cultures, locations and classes embodied in a singular and inimitable union of diverging expression and mediums.


Zac Springer

Associate Producer

Zac Springer is an award-winning web-series creator, editor, and manages the post-production for a top Fortune 500 company. He’s been a producer for TVGuide.com, covering both the Emmy Awards and the Golden Globes. While living in New York City for the last 10 years, Zac has also worked as a director and actor. Zac received his BFA in Acting from Boston University.

Get Involved!

Contribute to Kickstarter

We launched our online fundraising campaign through Kickstarter on Saturday, April 26 (ends May 31) to fund the production of Who Is Somethingworth? our short film based on characters from our feature, currently in development, Our Fantasies Are Eating Us Alive!  The contributions you make through Kickstarter will fund cast, crew, equipment, permits, etc. required to make our short film.

It is easy – just go to Kickstarter.com now though Saturday, May 31, register and make a contribution of any amount (we give you some great goodies in appreciation!).

Click here to support our Kickstarter Campaign!

Invest/Distribute

Don’t Mind If I Do Films is looking for investor and distribution partners for our feature Our Fantasies Are Eating Us Alive! Go to Contact Us—we would love to hear from you.

Don't Mind If I Do Films

Don’t Mind If I Do Films, LLC (DMIIDF) is a Limited Liability Company registered in the state of Minnesota that produces, markets and sells narrative feature films for successful, multi-channel distribution. Our mission is to acquire and/or develop smart screenplays with the end goal of producing outstanding, profitable films that deliver artistic grace and best-in-class entertainment for targeted market segments. DMIIDF is committed to the cultivation of a great creative work environment, absent of discrimination, in which all contributors can flourish.

DMIIDF’s successful production and distribution of the short films, Who Is Somethingworth? and Goodbye Girl and our subsequent feature film, Our Fantasies Are Eating Us Alive! are driven by three primary forces:

  1. Great film starts with great story – the short films Who is Somethingworth? and Goodbye Girl and the feature screenplay from which they are derived, Our Fantasies Are Eating Us Alive! are intelligent, fast-paced, hilarious comedies that explore themes central to our target demographic: love, changing relationships, insecurity, sex and a dash of neurosis. The prose is smart yet accessible, current yet timeless. These films can be enjoyed for their action and comedy as well as their exploration of deeper themes to which we can all relate.
  2. DMIIDF’s team is qualified to pull off an independent film coup d’état in Minnesota.  B. Andres delivers deep creative experience and enough irreverence to keep the team (and audiences) on our toes. C. Markowitz’ 17 years of theater, TV and film production experience will drive the realization of the creative work through operational excellence.  D. Markowitz’ 20 years of international business experience delivers finance, sales and strategic marketing capabilities necessary for the viability of this business. To date these DMIIDF principals have added outstanding local direction (M. Nelson) and cinematography (N. Junkersfeld) and casting (L. Blumenthal) talent.  In addition DMIIDF has demonstrated its resourcefulness by attracting an excellent all-volunteer team to execute Marketing/PR, grassroots fundraising, script polishing, etc.
  3. The Twin Cities film industry is significantly underutilized. The Snowbate (20-25% of applicable production budget tax refund), Legacy Fund and strong advertising agency and theater presence offer extremely high-quality inputs at costs lower than those in larger markets. The Twin Cities creative community is hungry for film production to flourish.

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