Artist Initiative

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Susan C. Marks-Kerst AKA Susan Marks
Recipient Type
Start Date
March 2014
End Date
May 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
Artist Initiative
Project Details
Marks will complete Her Miniature Life of Crime, a one-hour documentary film about an unlikely grandmother, Frances Glessner Lee, who changed the course of forensic history through the creation of miniature crime scenes. A public screening of a rough-cut of the film will take place in the Twin Cities.
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
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.; Wendy Dayton: Arts and community leader and philanthopist.; Sean Dowse: Executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Music Coalition, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, and Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.; David Glenn, Executive director of the Minnesota Project, ceramic artist; 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.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Anton Treuer: Professor of Ojibwe, Bemidji State University.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Melissa Brandt: Screenwriter; Michelle Brost: Freelance Animator; Santanu Chatterjee: Professor of cinema, Minneapolis Community and Technical College; Kevin Obsatz: Filmmaker and video artist; Jacob Swanson: Film-maker, installation artist and co-director of Ochre Ghost Art Gallery, Duluth; Maya Washington: Filmmaker, writer, performer, and arts educator
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact
Executive director Sue Gens (651) 215-1600
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This project allows me to further develop my artistic abilities through the challenge of perusing a new style of filming. I will evaluate the outcome by the successful completion of two shoot days that will include eight separate intricate film noir style reenactment scenes. I will also evaluate the success outcome by achieving national distribution on PBS for the completion of the film. 2: This project will help other Minnesotans artist to engage in a rare filming opportunity, as well as engage with the finished film. The outcome of filming with a small group of Minnesotans will be evaluated by the successful completion of shoot days. When I complete a rough-cut of the film, I will screen it for several hundred Minnesotans to get their feedback. I will evaluate the outcome by feedback forms from the participants.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The outcome achieved as a result of this project was the completion of a one-hour documentary film now under consideration by a PBS affiliate station for broadcast. 2: The two additional months in the edit suite made it possible for the artist to finish her film and screen it to Minnesotans for their feedback.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Susan C. Marks-Kerst AKA Susan Marks
(612) 386-6694
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