Minnesota Made

Saturday, October 27

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

AC Hotel Minneapolis West End

5075 Wayzata Blvd


Minnesota filmmakers share their production experiences and a wealth of resources for making films in the state.

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Free Parking in West End Ramp.

7 minute walk from Twin Cities Film Fest.


Meet the Panelists of Minnesota Made

C.J. Renner

Director of American Tender

Writer/Director of the 2017 feature, GUNN ("What Renner did with GUNN is so spot-on perfect, you'll wonder why no one has tried it before... keep an eye on C.J. Renner, this may be the calling card of a superstar." -Unseen Films, "A unique noir film that's well worth investigating... Renner has a unique sense of style akin to Rian Johnson's Brick" -That Moment In), available free on Amazon Prime. Renner follows up GUNN with the 2018 feature American Tender, premiering at TCFF.

Vanessa M.H. Powers

Director of Witch

Vanessa M. H. Powers is a director, filmmaker, cosplayer, wife, french bulldog owner, and coffee enthusiast. She can often be found trying to be in too many places at once. Currently, she is in post-production a short film and music video with her production company the Oxford Comma Film Cooperative. She is also gearing up for another season of directing with St. Matthew Community Theatre in Columbia Heights. In addition, she does video freelance and works as a part-time barista. In her (clearly abundant) free time, she can be found trying to be a human - spending time with her supportive family, friends, and snort-tastic bulldogs.

Jessica Bergren

Producer of Strange Nature

Jessica Bergren is from a rural township in northern Minnesota. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Screenwriting from Metro State University in 2013, and quickly returned to the northland where she produced feature-length films including "Cold November" directed by Karl Jacob and “Strange Nature” directed by Jim Ojala.


Bergren is a member of IATSE Local 490 and has managed locations for “Wilson,” directed by Craig Johnson, ABC’s “20/20 In an Instant” and “I Am Not a Serial Killer” directed by Billy O’Brien. She assisted “the oldest emerging filmmaker” Al Milgrom in the completion of his documentary “The Dinkytown Uprising” and coordinated for Tosca Musk’s “A Cinderella Christmas"

Barry Andersson

Director of The Lumber Barron

Barry Andersson is an award-winning director and cinematographer. His career started with live television video production and now includes four feature films, several acclaimed short films, television pilots and numerous commercials. Mr. Andersson uses his real-world experiences working for clients such as ESPN, Anheuser Busch and Samsung to help instruct seminars globally about best practices for filmmakers.

Troy Parkinson


Troy Parkinson has logged over 18 years experience in the production industry. He has worked with corporate clients including Microsoft, Bobcat, and Blue Cross Blue Shield, produced tv series for Discovery Health and History Channel and during his tenure at Minnesota Film and Television, he supported and promoted Minnesota as a destination for film and television, working with HBO, Netflix, Fox Searchlight Pictures and numerous independent films. He's traveled all across the state and knows the ins-and-outs of Minnesota film production.

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