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NDCA likes NoDak Films 
From the North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA): "The board clearly appreciates the work you've done...and the fact that it's ND through and through. They requested that I get an Attorney General's opinion as to whether we can legally do this as a state agency since you are a private entity and not non-profit. I'll contact them this week and it usually takes about a week to get an answer. Will let you know when I hear anything from them."

This past Saturday, Feb. 19th the NDCA held one of its quarterly board meetings. NoDak Films requested that the NDCA act as a fiscal agent as we raise funds for distribution. As a fiscal agent, the NDCA will act as middle man between a potentail sponsor and NoDak Films. Funds will go to the NDCA and the NDCA will distribute those funds to NoDak Films. Sponsorship dollars would also be tax-deductible.

I hope the Attorney General feels as strongly about NoDak Films as the NDCA.

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Movie Poster 
Liking this...

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Coming soon... 
It's time to distribute this movie in North Dakota through great North Dakota companies. More to come soon on the website...

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Movie 2.0 
A lot of "F" words, but he says exactly how I've been feeling since I started NoDak Films in 2006. Indie Film 2.0 and although I don't like the word Indie I'll rename the revolution Movie 2.0

Click on the 'related link' below to watch the video by Kevin Smith at this year's Sundance Film Festival

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Watch this movie... 

The mark of a great movie is that it leaves the viewer wanting more. I want more. 'Exit Through the Gift Shop' is almost unbelieveable, but it's a documentary. A documentary! I watched it 3 nights ago and I still can't get the damn thing out of my head.

I can't remember the last movie to have that effect.

Watch this movie. I know I will -- again.

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Maybe Roger Ebert said it best... 
"3D is a distracting, annoying, anti-realistic, juvenile abomination to use as an excuse for higher prices"

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Movie Poster... 
This may be the one...

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Silver lining... 
The email went like this:

Dear Nathan,

On behalf of the Sundance Programming team, we would like to thank you for submitting your film to the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Unfortunately, we are not able to include it in our program this year. With over 3,800 feature films submitted for consideration, narrowing the field down to 115 was more difficult than ever. Please know that your film was carefully considered by our staff, and we viewed far more worthy films than we had room for in the program. Do not be discouraged by this decision-- we wish you the best of luck with your film, and look forward to having the opportunity to view your work in the future.


John Cooper

Director, Sundance Film Festival

Initially it bothered me, was dissapointed, then I saw this:

Thank you for all your support, everyone! Here's our BIG NEWS!!

NEXT (<=>)
Eight American films selected for their innovative and original work in low- and no-budget filmmaking. Each is a world premiere.

Prairie Love / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Dusty Bias) - When a mysterious vagrant living out of his car among the snowy plains discovers a nearly-frozen local with a pen-pal girlfriend, he sees an opportunity to change his lonely existence. Cast: Jeremy Clark, Holly Lynn Ellis, Garth Blomberg.

Dusty Bias, Holly Ellis and Garth Blomberg are from North Dakota, made a movie in North Dakota. They are my peers, my friends, we all graduated from the same high school the same year.

Since we finished production on our movie, the last 4 months have been all about editing/sound/post-production and the process was beginning to slow the machine of our accomplishment this past summer into a rusty routine that was even making me a bit stiff.

Upon our dissapointment and 'Prairie Love's' accomplishment; I found a silver lining. NoDak Films made a great movie this summer and I look forward to growing up as filmmakers alongside old friends even if there perch is from a swank loft in Hollywood and mine is from the back porch of a couple acres in rural North Dakota.

2011 is going to be a great year for the moving picture set in and inspired by North Dakota.

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Making a Prediction... 
My wife called me the other day -- a copy of People's Sexiest Man Alive issue happened to arrive at our place. Anyway, in the magazine was a sneak peak at the animated movie Cars 2. You know, Lightning McQueen, Mater, Sally, Doc, etc...

I am making a predicition now that Cars 2 will gross over 1 billion dollars.

The End

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