ABOUT US

The Film Dudes is a subsidiary of NDstrong, that is focused specifically on residency film programs in various academic levels — from elementary to college. Our goal is to educate and inspire students about filmmaking. Throughout the year, we travel across North Dakota and work with schools, colleges, and universities through teaching the integration of video production into teacher’s curriculum, workshopping with staff and students, and exhibiting film opportunities throughout the state

WHAT IS NDSTRONG?

NDstrong is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as a film resource for the state of North Dakota. We host a directory of media activists in and around the state, educate students of all ages, and provide opportunities for hands-on experiences in filmmaking and production. We also write, direct, and produce short and feature-length films. For media artists who are interested, NDstrong offers a fiscal sponsorship for North Dakota residents and their film projects. We have held movie premieres throughout North Dakota to showcase the talents within our organization and within North Dakota’s film community.

MEET THE DUDES

MATTHEW MALDONADO

Matthew Maldonado (B.A. Multimedia Studies, Minot State University) is passionate about film and is driven by love for the arts. He has been creating, producing, and editing film since the age of eleven. It is Matthew’s belief that film education is a pioneer for the future of media arts and beyond.

ERIC THOEMKE

Eric Thoemke, a North Dakota native, is an educational graduate of Minot State University. He also loves romantic picnics, herbal black tea with lemon, and adrenaline-infused activities such as skydiving, hot air ballooning, and eating cheesecake. Eric enjoys teaching, creating businesses, and the art of filmmaking. And through these endeavors, will take over the world, spread peace and love, and become a multi-billionaire by the age of 30.

WHY CHOOSE US?

More than 500 million hours of videos are watched on YouTube each day. Film is one of the most popular creative outlets for all ages — it drives curiosity, creativity, and community.

Our mission is to educate teachers and students in the art of filmmaking, YouTube creation, and demonstration of film and video production. We focus on the technical aspects of equipment operation and story creation. This all builds up to a culmination of a red carpet premiere where the students, teachers, and parents come together to admire the completed work.

WANT THE FILM DUDES TO PRESENT AT YOUR SCHOOL?

THE MANSION

This project was funded by the North Dakota Council on the Arts ‘Artist Residence Grant’, our primary group included two fourth grade classrooms. In all, over 50 students participated in the project. Our objective was for each primary group to create a movie trailer showcasing a local historic point of interest. The students chose to showcase the North Dakota Historical Museum and the Governor’s Mansion.

In “The Mansion” trailer, a detective is determined to solve the mystery of an unexplained death. Together, the world’s best scientists, forensic detectives, and historians, must solve riddles and uncover a hidden treasure before a sinister force does. Over the course of five days, students wrote, filmed, and assisted to edit this trailer which debuted at a special unveiling.

SOAP: A FOURTH GRADE STORY

During our residency with Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Minot, North Dakota, our core group was four 4th grade classrooms and involved over 100 students. This project was made possible by the North Dakota Council on the Arts in association with Lewis and Clark Elementary School. It was funded by the North Dakota Council on the Arts “Artist in Residence” Grant.

For this project, students focused on creating a short film about bullying. In SOAP: A Fourth Grade Story, Andy Walker, a fourth grade school bully, and Principal Crubbs, a bullying principal, both come to the realization that bullying harms others and change their ways.

THE DIRECTOR

This was NDstrong’s first international collaboration. Through the North Dakota Council on the Arts, The Film Dudes travelled to Iceland to work with students in Laugalandsskóli school. Eight 10th-grade students came together to produce the theatrical trailer “The Director.”

In “The Director,” a director struggles to keep his sanity while making a romantic comedy with strong-willed actors.

WANT TO VIEW MORE OF OUR RESIDENCY VIDEOS?

HOW TO HIRE US

There are many amazing movie ideas and concepts we could bring to life through the medium of filmmaking. Whether it be a fictional comedy or an educational based film, the possibilities for our collaboration are endless. Begin our collaboration by following our 4-step process:

Send us an email or call us directly at 701-721-0001 to begin discussing the scope of your project.

We will discuss and determine the scope of our collaboration in order to find the project that best fits your school.

We will determine the primary and secondary groups, as well as themes of film projects.

Create an outline for the project, finalize dates, and begin the project!

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE GRANT ​
+ RESOURCES

An option to reduce costs is to receive help via the North Dakota Council on the Arts grant programs. Click the links below for more information.

Option #1: Arts in Education Grant through the North Dakota Council of the Arts.

Option #2: Artist Residency Grant The Artist in Residence (AIR) Program provides connections between artists, students, and teachers. The program strives not to replace existing art programs, but rather build upon them and vision for future programs.

Option #3: We are able to work something out to satisfy all budgets. We may know of alternate grants you may be eligible for. Also, we can work with you by providing fundraisingresources and ideas.

For more information and eligibility requirements of the Arts in Education and Artist in Residence Grant, click the link below!

GET IN TOUCH WITH US

The Film Dudes is a subsidiary of NDstrong, that is focused specifically on residency film programs in various academic levels — from elementary to college. Our goal is to educate and inspire students about filmmaking. Throughout the year, we travel across North Dakota and work with schools, colleges, and universities through teaching the integration of video production into teacher’s curriculum, workshopping with staff and students, and exhibiting film opportunities throughout the state.

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