Seth & Nathan Anderson
Raised in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, brothers Seth and Nathan Anderson have shared a creative bond that has existed since childhood. As time progressed, Nathan displayed early talent as a visual artist, and Seth later developed into a writer and editor.
After going their separate ways to earn art degrees, the brothers gravitated back together and moved to Los Angeles in 2004 to continue where they left off. With Producer Jason Hagen, and together they formed Lullskull Ltd. in 2006. In the intervening years, the team has produced two short, character-driven genre films: a metaphysical western, The Merciful Death of Jonas Blake, and the psychic thriller, BLACK. With Northstar, the brothers have worked continually for more than five years on what will be their feature film debut.
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For over 10 years, Jason Hagen has worked in production and post-production positions in film and television. A native of Minnesota, Jas was raised mostly in Arizona before moving back to the midwest to attend the Minneapoilis College of Art & Design. After graduating from MCAD in 2002, Jason relocated to Los Angeles and worked his way into Post-production positions on various reality series, such as ITV's American Idol UK/Extra (FOX Reality), FX's 30 Days, NBC's Average Joe and Three Wishes. Most recently, Jason has worked as a post production supervisor on NBC's Momma's Boys, G4's 2 Months. $2Million., Bravo's Chef Roblé & Co., and the History Channel hits Counting Cars and American Restoration.
In 2006 Jason co-founded Lullskull Ltd. with partners Nathan and Seth Anderson, and their debut westernshort film The Merciful Death of Jonas Blake folllowed shortly after. In addition to Blake, Jason has alsoproduced the psychic thriller short BLACK, and music videos for NYC band At Sea and Los Angeles performance artist Tim Coyne. Jason currently resides in New York City, NY with his wonderful wife Maggie, their son Ollie and crazy cat Gracie.
Jason's IMDb listing: imdb.com/name/nm1009951
Gary M. Bettman
Gary M. Bettman joins Northstar as Executive Producer, helping to support the team with creative, logistical guidance, and leveraging his 25 years as a film producer to bring financing and resources to the project. Gary will also assist the team with contract negotiations, vendors, co-production, bonding and distribution deals to see Northstar funded and completed on time and on budget. Gary is based in Los Angeles, California, and is currently Sr. Vice President & Producer with The Miller Group, a successful full service ad agency catering to Fortune 2000 clients. His main focus there is as the head of production.
Gary has served as producer, co-producer, line producer, or executive producer on over 20 feature films. Many of his films have been shot on locations all over the United States and the world, ranging from Italy, Israel, and Puerto Rico to Philadelphia and Dallas. Some of his past movies include Undercurrent, A Gun, A Car, A Blonde, both The Omega Code 1 and 2, The Champion, Deadly Past, I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore, Death Ring, and the cult classic Lobster Man From Mars. Lullskull Ltd. is very proud to have him on board.
Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Adam Bradshaw attended Rowan University earning his BA in Radio, Television and Film with minors in Advertising and Business. While there, he developed his skills as a Producer with his work on many short films including The Broken Gun which was awarded the College Broadcaster’s Inc. Award for Best Web Series in the nation.
After graduation, Adam moved to Los Angeles where he began his career on shows including Californication, Dexter, Rizzoli and Isles and the feature films Safe and Limitless. As an up and coming Producer, Adam has produced short films D-Day, Becoming Susan, Coop and Sturgeon: Time Cops, and Face to Face. He has also produced two successful web series Up All Night with Kurt Magnum and King Bachelor’s Pad which was nominated for "Best New Media Series” at the Burbank International Film Festival in 2012. Currently Adam lives in Los Angeles and is working on a handful of projects for film and television in different stages including Let Me Be Brave, a documentary about the Special Olympics.
Producer, Claire Connelly is a southern transplant that has been working as an independent producer in the Midwest since 2000. She recently produced Hunter Adams' gothic feature Dig Two Graves, a segment of Marty Shea and Ian Bonner’s Collaborative feature, Train Station and the feature film My Friend’s Rubber Ducky. In 2008, she produced Josh Hyde’s feature film, Postales, in Cusco Peru. In 2013, Claire worked in the gritty and cinematic streets of Detroit, Michigan as the Production Supervisor of Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut How to Catch a Monster and as Production Manager on Suzie Halewood's Division 19. In 2014, Claire is working with several indie filmmakers in development on features that will be shooting in Michigan and Illinois later in the year.
Dave Cole’s acting credits include a wide variety of feature film and TV productions. Dave has broadened his involvement in the indie film ‘biz to include assisting filmmakers with production as well as marketing, distribution and film festival strategizing. This interest was supplemented by his recent three-year term as Vice-President of the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, and his subsequent assistance in starting up two new film festivals in California.
Some of Dave’s other recent projects include helping to promote the California central coast premieres of indie films. Dave has also entered the world of songwriting, having penned lyrics for emerging popular musicians with roots in Nashville, California and Alaska.
Jason McCue joins Northstar as a Co-Producer to help consult with business affairs and marketing as the project moves through development, production, and distribution. Originally from Alamogordo, New Mexico, McCue and Jason Hagen met as teens in Arizona, and the two have remained close friends since. McCue has a long history working for great brands (PBA, Windows, Office, Xbox, NASCAR, NFL) to help deliver on their digital goals, globally. With an 8 year tenure at Microsoft, where he was responsible first for evolving Microsoft.com (the 8th most visited website in the world) into an ecommerce and advertising powerhouse. Then driving the digital relaunch of Windows.com in time for the release of Windows 8 and Surface. McCue has most recently decided to change directions and has joined a local Seattle startup as their Director of Product Management overseeing the product direction at BigDoor Media, Inc. BigDoor is a customer engagement and loyalty platform that utilizes gaming mechanics to drive further benefit for brands and customers. The company recently launched experiences with the following brands: Starbucks, Microsoft, Pepsi, and Hulu.
McCue was also an Executive Producer on the Lullskull Ltd. thriller short BLACK and he looks forward to bringing Northstar to audiences.
Director of Photography
Award winning Director of Photography Andrew Carranza has over a decade of experience shooting a wide array of projects. In the realm of music videos he has shot a number of promos for various artists, most notably Motion City Soundtrack. He has also filmed several award winning commercials, for numerous clients including Subway.
In January of 2003 Andrew was the subject of an article in American Cinematographer discussing his work on the short film Suspension which went on to win the top dramatic prize on Kevin Spacey's Triggerstreet.com and receive a special screening at Sundance. Another notable short was Across The Hall, a piece sponsored by Samsung for use as branded content which starred Adrian Grenier (HBO's Entourage). The film went on to win numerous festival awards and in 2008 was turned into a feature starring Brittany Murphy and shot on the back lot of Universal studios Hollywood with a 1.5 million dollar budget. Released by Image Entertainment at the end of 2009, the film received enthusiastic reviews including Variety which commented “the production values are plush”.
Meanwhile the camera work was singled out by several critics with Troy Espe of The Leader Telegram raving “Andrew Carranza's cinematography mesmerizes”. Andrew is currently based out of New York City.
Andrew's IMDb Listing: imdb.com/nm1548440
Originally from Flint, Michigan, Austin Kalcec joins the Northstar team as prop fabricator and set dresser. Kalcec grew up working on Houses, furniture, Cars, Small Engines, Farm Equipment, electronics, legos and anything else he could get his hands on. After earning an electrical engineering degree from Michigan Tech, he spent several years with Proctor and Gamble and eventually set out for an adventure in California with his wife Michelle. Realizing they missed Michigan, the couple returned and settled down with their two children. With Michelle, Austin owns 8th Avenue Antique Salvage in Norway, MI, where he repurposes old items for new uses. Austin brings his lifelong interests to Northstar, where his skills are perfectly suited for an abandoned world.
Actor, Location Advisor, Stunts
Nate Alwine has come on to the production as our natural resources advisor in Upper Michigan's Dickinson County. Hailing originally from South Bend, Indiana, Alwine moved to the UP in 1998 and currently scouts locations, gathers access information and conducts site research for Michigan's DNR. With a deep knowledge of the more rugged, remote and hidden areas of the UP, his advice has proven invaluable in helping our team formulate location options that will help to assure Northstar's cinematic portrait of the land is like nothing that's ever been done before in the state. With additional experience working with various Wilderness Adventure industries in the area, he's also helping us plan and assure safety measures for the film's various action scenes.
Legal Counsel, Clark Hill PLC
Joseph L. Voss is Senior Counsel in Clark Hill’s Corporate Practice Group. Joe provides general corporate representation to companies operating throughout the United States, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, and contracting matters. Joe represents both borrowers and lenders in connection with the documentation and negotiation of secured lending deals, and has handled complex transactions involving syndicated credit facilities and specialized collateral issues throughout his career.
In addition to representing buyers, sellers and financing parties in transactions with the technical expertise required to complete a deal, Joe regularly provides clients with strategic advice to best position themselves to meet their goals before and after the deal has closed.
As practice leader for Clark Hill’s Entertainment Industry Team, Joe represents financing parties for film and television productions. He provides production legal services to independent producers, as well as general corporate representation to companies in the film, television, digital media and music industries. Joe represents producers utilizing Michigan’s Film and Digital Media Incentive program, and provides guidance to parties that structure production financing transactions to maximize tax incentives and other governmental support programs offered in various jurisdictions.
MI Logistics Coordinator
Born and raised in West Virginia, Fay graduated from Marshall University with a Business Degree in Marketing and Project Management. She began her career at Huntington Alloys in Huntington WV as an Accounting Intern and moved into the role of a Governmental Affairs specialist. After marriage Fay, her husband, Dennis, and family moved to the Chicago, IL area where she worked within the Information Technology area as a project manager assisting clients with implementing new IT technologies. She then moved to New Jersey and transferred her project management and marketing skills to the Pharmaceutical Industry. Fay has traveled extensively within the US, Europe and Asia introducing new technologies to assist the better management of global clinical materials. Next came consulting in the logistics and distribution management process of clinical supplies to countries worldwide.
After Leaving NJ, she moved to Iron Mountain, MI, the home town of her husband. She and Dennis are owners of a small consulting business, CCM 2000, which specializes in helping companies introduce new alloys into the ASME codes and standards. Fay joins the Northstar team as Local Logistics Coordinator, and will act as official Liasion for the production in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.