Mentoring  Sprockets/SPNN Summer Youth Production!

Mentoring Sprockets/SPNN Summer Youth Production!

SPNN’s awesome youth productions team geared up for another season of partnering with Sprockets to create promotional videos of youth programs that can be found on Sprocket’s program finder. Two fabulous youth producers and an SPNN production mentor came together to create some great work while bridging the space between youth media to career development in the film and media field. Joanna helped to mentor the program from how to work with clients to career exploration with professionals doing great work in the field. August brought this third season to a conclusion! Great work team!

KP Rocks Out a New Strategic Plan!

KP Rocks Out a New Strategic Plan!

A phenomenal group of highly creative, wise and experienced individuals from inside and outside the film and video industry shared stories, insights and best practices to mash up a unique and fresh vision for Kohler Productions!!!  Several folks were gone by the time we took the team photo:)  The energy is exciting, this is the third strategic plan in the life span of KP, and inevitably the conversations and vision for moving forward reflects a whole new stage.  Many thank yous to this fabulous team of amazing people.

Mexican Education and Cultural Nuances

Mexican Education and Cultural Nuances

Joanna joined Distinguished Teacher Full Bright Fellow, Amy Laboe, in Puebla Mexico to assist in telling cultural stories about education in Mexico from rural towns.  These stories will be used to help teachers back in Minnesota better understand how to connect with and design the educational experience for newly immigrating Mexican students and their families.  The conversations were complex and impassioned.  KP is filled with gratitude to be a small part of such meaningful work both in filming and building Amy’s capacity to continue to use media at a deeper level in her work.

Is School Enough?: TPT Event with local and national panel

Is School Enough?: TPT Event with local and national panel

How can we employ project-based learning and digital technology to transform and energize our  learning spaces and educational practices?  This was the engaging conversation during an event put on by TPT to help with the creation of teacher support guides to accompany the film “Is School Enough”.   Minnesota is a rich community of education innovation and youth development and this event highlighted some of these assets along side a national scope.  A local panel was hosted by Cassie Scharber  and included Joanna Kohler, Mark Garrison, Molly Vasich and Naly Yang.  Learn more about the event.  Photo credit: TPT

Global Synergy Group & Ukraine Delegation: Talk Local Government and Media

Global Synergy Group & Ukraine Delegation: Talk Local Government and Media

Kohler Productions teamed up with Global Synergy Group and St. Paul Neighborhood Network to host a roundtable discussion with members of a delegation of Local Government from Boryspil  Ukraine, and city government communications, independent new outlets and special interest media for an in-depth conversation about media and government both in the US and the Ukraine.  The intention of the conversation was to uncover the similarities and differences between the two cultures when it comes to media.  The program aired on the web to a online forum with audiences in the Ukraine as well as local cable access stations in the Twin Cities.

Twin Cities Film Fest!!!!!!!!!

Twin Cities Film Fest!!!!!!!!!

It’s fall again and that means it’s time for the Twin Cities Film Festival!!!!!!!!!  Check out the line up (http://www.twincitiesfilmfest.org/) with awesome filmmakers, producers and actors present to meet the audience and talk about their projects.  Joanna had the fun opportunity to help host the red carpet and introduce some of the dailies this year.  Hat’s off to the TCFF staff and volunteers that pull of a fantastic festival every year!!!!!!!

Butter City Season Four: Premiering on TPT

Butter City Season Four: Premiering on TPT

An exciting new season of the Regional Emmy nominated TV show Butter City is premiering this fall on Mondays on TPT’s MN Channel.  Each week is a new episode with some fabulous folks connected to the Minnesota Film Community.  Guest include; Melissa Butts, Mark Tang, Nick Clausen, John Akre, Mark Wojahn, Kristine Sorensen, Nicole Brending, Oscar Oboza, Chris Cloud, Jeremy Wilker &  Matt Stenerson!!!!  Check out ButterCity.com, or ButterCity on Facebook to keep up with the schedule.