This Town Documentary

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From Grand Portage to Sandstone, Northern Minnesota is dotted with small towns that are packed with big stories. Narrated by storyteller Kevin Kling, with music by Grammy-award-winner Jon Vezner, WDSE•WRPT’s new documentary, This Town, looks at the stories behind some of these towns and at the people who are continuing these communities' stories into the future.

This Town Lesson Plans

Catch a preview of one of the featured towns, Ball Club, on a recent edition of The Slice!

More about the producer, Mike Sholtz
Mike is a documentary filmmaker who lives in the woods of northern Minnesota. His films have screened at some pretty neat festivals, theaters and venues around the world including SXSW, Slamdance, the Banff Mountain Film Festival, the National Geographic Society and the Explorer’s Club.

He has also directed and produced TV spots and other video content for hospitals, universities and non-profit organizations. He always enjoys listening to people’s stories and shaping them into compelling narrative nuggets.

More about narrator, Kevin Kling:
Kevin Kling graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a BA in Theater in 1979. He has written many plays for children and family audiences including Lyle, Lyle Crocodile, by Bernard Waber, (premiered at the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis), Busytown, by Richard Scarry, (premiered at Seattle Children's Theatre) and Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, by Kevin Henkes, (premiered at SCT).
He has also written original works including Mississippi Panorama, (CTC), Perfectly Persephone, (Imagination Stage) and Best Summer Ever, (CTC).

His one-person shows Home and Away, 21A, and How How, Why, Why, Why and his full cast plays Lloyd's Prayer and The Ice Fishing Play have been produced in regional theaters, including The Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, the Goodman, Kennedy Center, Denver Center and off-Broadway at Westside Arts and Second Stage Theater.

More about musician Jon Vezner
Grammy award-winning songwriter, Nashville based, Jon Vezner is a tunesmith of rare sensitivity and dry wit. His catalogue of recorded songs, topped by the poignant “Where’ve You Been,” reflects his straight-to-the-heart sensibility and emotional awareness. Vezner weaves the particulars of his own feelings with the lives of people he has known into universal themes that deeply touch listeners’ emotions.

Born in Minnesota, Jon Vezner began his musical career as lead singer and bassist in high school, going on to earn a B.A. degree in music education and music theory at Minnesota Southwest State University in the mid 70′s. Vezner’s preparation as a music educator was well earned, but songwriting was and remains his main interest, the next logical step in his career led him to Nashville in the 80′s.