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MAPS goes to Washington (D.C.)
Peter Rosten of the MAPS Media Institute recently received a letter from the United States Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. The letter states how they are impressed with the quality of “After the Bell – Inside the MAPS Media Institute” DVD the students created as well as the curriculum cards and other wonderful work the team at MAPS has done. Congratulations to Peter and the MAPS Media Institute!
Click here for a PDF of the letter.
Over the next few months, Missoula movie-maker Christian Ackerman’s film, “Wisconsin Project X,” will be seen by audiences around America and possibly even around the world. And nobody, but nobody, is more surprised by this development than Christian Ackerman.
Here are just a few things that Ackerman, a 30-year-old employee at Missoula Community Access Television and hobbyist horror filmmaker, has to say about his latest project:
“It’s a really stupid, crappy film.” “We don’t sit and try to show our amazing acting talents, because they’re not amazing – like, at all.” “Overacting, bad digital fire, lots of people dying for reasons that don’t make any sense – we’ve got it all.” “There was a script, believe it or not. I have it somewhere; but if you look at it, there’s red ink all over it from where we had to change it because people wouldn’t show up for filming or we got sidetracked or bored with something we were doing. It’s a total mess, just like the movie.”
If none of that sounds like a ringing self-endorsement of the project that Ackerman and a group of friends spent some three years putting together, there’s this to consider: “I’m always like that – I’m the dog with his tail between his legs. I just do movies because I have fun doing them, not because I think I’m good at them.” Actually, Ackerman is quite good at making movies. Exquisitely bad movies, that is.
Click here for a PDF of the full article by Joe Nickell of the Missoulian. Photo by Michael Gallacher.