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Fell right out the pocket... 
I went to the grocery store today after I picked my kids up from daycare. I bought three bottles of wine and some Milk Chocolate bars. I wasn’t going to buy the milk chocolate bars, but I had been fasting all day because my friends were…

My wife is a graduate student at UC Berkeley (working on a PhD) and we live in Family Housing. I work on NoDak Films from home and I am mostly alone in our office (which I have taken over)…

The motto for Family Housing is “The World in one Village” and this statement is just as pure as when I sit at my brother-in-law and sister’s farm in Plaza and breathe it all in…

A few of my neighbors, who are now friends, are from Israel and they just celebrated Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement. Custom, among other things, includes a 24-hour period of fasting. According to my neighbor, Yom Kippur is the one-day out of the year she misses home the most because Israel is a ghost town (by law and custom) the entire day…

My wife and I decided to fast, not because we are Jewish or because Berkeley has made me a hippy, but because I respect these people like I respect my friends back in North Dakota. I maintained my level of involvement after 2 cups of coffee at 7:30am – nothing to drink, nothing to eat until supper. My wife maintained her level of involvement – she had to drink water because she was working, nothing to eat until supper.

My stomach did not grumble, which surprised me the most. I am working on a grant in the hopes the North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission will see the value in NoDak Films, our first movie and our model as it pertains to the Agricultural sector of North Dakota. I mention this presently because the grant application is due in a few days and I have yet to overnight it…

I took the change from the grocer and packed the kids in the car again, drove home, gave a bottle of wine to my neighbors because the time to eat and drink was near. I couldn’t wait to eat and drink and was becoming giddy thinking about it.

The whole day I wore the pants my son picked out for Father’s Day; the same pants I wore everyday at this summer’s North Dakota State Fair. I made dinner (my wife was preparing for a training she’s giving soon and would get home just after supper). I drank wine, my body relaxed and I walked back and forth to the office to organize the (4) APUC grant application copies and supplements laying on the floor. The kids went to bed, I sat on the couch for a bit and watched the new Ken Burns documentary about National Parks and John Muir’s last few years and his letters to Teddy Roosevelt.

At around that time, sitting at one end of the couch, the change from my pocket slipped comfortably out of my pocket. One quarter and one dime. I picked up the quarter first because we still use coin laundry and turned it over…

There it was:

NORTH DAKOTA

1889

TWO BISON GRAZING IN FRONT OF A RISING SUN AS THE BADLANDS LEVELED OUT THE HORIZON.

I wasn’t as excited as I might have been two years ago, but I understood the symbolism and tried to capture it with an old digital camera whose batteries were so worn I greased the ends with my saliva – to no avail. I didn’t capture the image, but the quarter is next to me as I try to find the meaning of a dime made in 1967.



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It is here written... 
Now 30 North Dakota towns and cities now represented by an Individual or Business Contribution...

View all the great incentives below...




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Team NoDak... 


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Logline... 
A logline is a summary of a particular movie in no more than two sentences. Here is the logline to 'Last Summer For Boys':

BeauDrey Treeland, in his early 20’s, fresh from a college degree and a new job in Minneapolis leaves the combine for a cubicle, but the burden of leaving never left him. Now alone, he navigates through a lifetime of regret that lands him back in the small town and farm of his youth where we learn about the girl he left, the friend he lost touch with and the tough choices he will have to make before they make him…

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Winner of 2009 North Dakota State Fair Contributor Raffle... 
For anyone who contributed to NoDak Films during the Fair, they automatically signed up to win some great items donated by NoDak Films business contributors:

Thank you too:

John Witzke and his Hockey Shots Game

Darlene Ellefson and her Lefse Making Book

Ray Zajac and Dakota Steel Art for his metal Wind Spinner

Greg Kempel and Maple River Winery for 4 bottles of Wine

Nate West and two copies of his debut album "The Old Later (live from Nomad Cafe)"

Without further ado, the winners:



Judy and Gene Krebs and Magic City Garage Door


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9 days, over 100 hours... 
9 days, over 100 hours -- NoDak Films has officially been introduced to the State of North Dakota via the 2009 North Dakota State Fair...

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Thank you Oakes Times 


Moe Bohannon/Oakes Times


Nathan Anderson, a filmmaker [living in] California, stopped by the Times office this past week to let North Dakotans know that he is in the process of making a movie that is about and will take place in North Dakota. Nathan is the founder and owner of NoDak Films and a son of the great state of North Dakota having been...raised and graduated from high school in North Dakota.

As a young man fresh out of high school his thought was to escape and see the world -- well that took him all the way to Moorhead and college. He met his future wife and her continuing education took them to California and the bringing into the world of three children. But North Dakota just kept coming back into his life. His parents still live here. His father a Pastor in Ray, North Dakota and his mother an Associate Pastor in Minot, ND. He also has a sister married to a farmer and living in Plaza, ND.

The making of films and the creative arts are also a large part of Nathan's life, just watch his face light up when he talks about a new film he is planning on making called "Last Summer For Boys," to be shot entirely in North Dakota with many of our residents as extras and our towns featured. The film is agriculture based and a story about two lifelong friends who leave North Dakota and then come back years later.

Nathan says he is trying to teach his children and also the rest of the country about the values he learned growing up in North Dakota, such as the caring for your fellow man and the work ethic that seems to keep this state successful.

So Nathan is traveling the state scouting locations and people. He has a website: www.nodakfilms.com where, if you wish, can find out more about the movie and how you can become a part of the production. If you want to join NoDak Films it costs you or your town or business $100. That insures you or your business or your community a piece in the film. Tee funds are sent to Edward Jones in Minot, who handles all the finances for the project. The forms to join can be downloaded from the web site.

Best wishes from all your fellow North Dakotans Nathan. You go guy!

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Thank you Minot Daily News 
Thank you to Dan Feldner for a great article and the Minot Daily News for publishing the article on the front page of the paper on Friday, July 31st...

Come on out to the North Dakota State Fair...

You only have two more days to check out NoDak Films and sign up to win some great North Dakota made products...




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Believe in NoDak Films 
Pressing the flesh at the North Dakota State Fair...




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Stories from the North Dakota State Fair… 
You know it’s interesting having a booth at the North Dakota State Fair…

For decades (I’m 30 now) I attended the fair as a fair-goer, passing by booths without much interest, passing the carnies much the same, although I do remember going into the Pride of Dakota booth and sampling North Dakota made products.

This year I am that booth and sometimes I feel like that carnie, except there is more to our offer than just material goods -- I am selling NoDak Films, an opportunity that is easy to explain, hard to convince and great for the state of North Dakota and the people and businesses and towns therein . NoDak Films is the future of moviemaking, but I’m not here to explain that, the website should explain all to everyone. I want to share some ‘Stories from the North Dakota State Fair:’

Story 1:

One of my booth neighbors (a phenomenon I find interesting) is selling a product called ‘Solatube: The Miracle Skylight’ the guy running the booth owns their niche of the franchise with his dad; young guy. Well, the other day three kids approach his booth. The first kid asks, “What’s that?” He says it’s a skylight. Second kid asks, “What’s that?” He says again it’s a skylight. So he looks at the third kid and says, “It’s a skylight.” The kid looks at him and says, “No, my name is Brandon.”

Story 2:

I’m realizing that as a general rule, people are skeptical as they pass by booths and listen to a 100 different pitches on a 100 different offerings. Again, I feel differently because my business is North Dakota and serves North Dakotans exclusively. One of my lead-ins is “Are you from North Dakota?” After which I can narrow our relationship down to where I grew up or people I know and a dialogue ensues. One particular couple walked by and I lead, “Are you from North Dakota?” – He looked at me and said “no” and then he said, “Well I am.” I asked from where and he said Bottineau. Then I told him about my best friend Darin Messmore who played hockey for MSU-Bottineau. The guy said, “I played for them too.” He continued walking while his wife stuck around and looked at the poster board I had made that listed our CURRENT CONTRIBUTORS. I said, “so you aren’t from North Dakota, where are you from.” She looked at me and said,

“I’m from North Dakota.”
“Where?”
“Here.”
“Minot?”
“Yep.”
“I graduated from Minot High!” I said.
“So did I.”

She left with a couple stickers and my business card. Re-cap: The couple passed by, he said they were not from North Dakota, then he was from Bottineau, then she was from Minot.

Story 3:

The booth next to mine is ‘Amazing Grace Mission’ – a couple of old timers man the booth; great guys. The part of their booth that faces the aisle has two items on it: A small wood panel with 3 doors marked: ‘SEE 3 THINGS GOD HAS NEVER SEEN (OPEN THE DOORS).’ And a wood box with a hole in the top that says, ‘SEE WHY JESUS DIED (LOOK IN BOX).’ My young nephew was at their booth the other day with my sister and he wanted to look in the box so my sister held him, he peered in and then my sister asked, “So who did Jesus die for?” He looks at her and says, “a hole.”

Story 4:

People can be jerks. A guy walked by my booth with his wife and he looked like a jerk – the swagger and the malevolent stare give these kind of people away. As he passed, I asked him if he was from North Dakota. He said yes and I said I am too followed by my next line, “I started a company called NoDak Films to make movies in North Dakota.” He motioned his hand towards me as one does to shoo away a fly and he said ‘no need’ in a real jerk tone. Now some 5 or 10 feet from me and walking away I yelled; “That’s to bad sir, you’re going to hear about us soon.”

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