Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Michael V. Scholtz
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2013
End Date
June 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Crow Wing
St. Louis
Crow Wing
St. Louis
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Scholtz will direct a documentary about Minnesota's curious obsession with its own Viking heritage. He will screen the film in Duluth and Minneapolis.
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Judson Bemis Jr.: Actor, arts administrator, founder and principal of Clere Consulting. Secretary, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Chair of the Nominating Committee, Smithsonian National Board. Trustee, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse: Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.; John Gunyou, City manager, Minnetonka.; Benjamin Klipfel: Board member, Minnesota State Arts Board. Executive Director, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Inc. Director and arts educator.; Ellen McInnis: Director of Twin Cities government relations, Wells Fargo. Member of Bottineau Boulevard Partnership. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Pamela Perri: Executive vice president, Builders Association of Minnesota.; Margaret Rapp: Former educator, Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Officer at-large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Anton Treuer: Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Melissa Brandt: Screenplay writer, Metropolitan State University; Community Faculty; Jennifer Garza: Graphic designer, Jostens Inc.; production design, animation, freelance; short films; Crystal Hegge: Director, Frozen River Film Festival; Melissa Koch: Independent documentary filmmaker and educator; Kevin Obsatz: Filmmaker/Moving image artist; Anal Shah: Filmmaker photographer and media artist; faculty, St. Cloud State University; Norah Shapiro: Independent filmmaker; Jacob Swanson: Film-maker, installation artist and photographer, Duluth
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

I'll experiment with one of the staples of documentary filmmaking, the historical re-enactment, and make it feel fresh and original. I'll test screen the film for audiences at public showings in Duluth and Minneapolis and ask them whether or not I've achieved my goal in a written survey.

Measurable Outcome(s)

I’ve greatly expanded my skill set as a filmmaker. I typically operate on tight budgets; I think most independent documentary filmmakers do. But for the first time in my career, I had the opportunity to hire actors and crew. I was able to take the time to get the costumes and props right. And I had the luxury to experiment with documentary filmmaking in ways I wouldn’t have felt comfortable doing without your financial support.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Michael V. Scholtz
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