Jim Geib, President
After receiving a theater degree from Minnesota State University, Geib spent five years as Stage Manager for The Chimera Theatre, the nation’s largest community theater. He then joined the world renowned Guthrie Theatre, first as National Tour Manager and then as Production Manager.
Jim shifted careers into films when he joined Media Ventures, an entertainment production company, as Director of Production. During his tenure at Media Ventures he oversaw a variety of projects, including documentaries such as “The Power of Purpose,” which chronicled amputee Terry Fox’s run across Canada. Other projects included an after-school special entitled “Sometimes I Wonder,” starring Colleen Dewhurst and various award winning industrial and educational films. He eventually served as Associate Producer on S.E. Hinton’s “That Was Then, This is Now,” starring Emilio Estevez, directed by Chris Cain and distributed by Paramount Pictures.
The commercial production business entered the picture when Geib joined Minneapolis-based Diercks Productions as Executive Producer. Five years later, he joined Northwest Tele-productions and was named Executive Producer of Northwest Film, the post company’s spot production division. He formed Twist in 1997.
As President and Executive Producer, Jim has engineered Twist’s growth into an international production company with increasing sales every year since it’s inception. Twist currently has offices in both Minneapolis and New York.
Kel Nelson, Vice President
With over 20 years of broadcast production experience, Kel has directed, and produced, projects for Disneyland, Hanna Barbera, Turner Broadcasting, Citibank, General Motors, The Will Rogers Institute, Starlight Foundation, and Travelers Insurance, among others.
Kel is currently the Executive Producer at HDMG–production and post. From its roots as a basement creative editorial suite, started in 1988, HDMG has grown to occupy 20,000 square foot of a historic facility in the Arts District of NorthEast Minneapolis–providing creative solutions to the entertainment and advertising communities.
Dawn Mans, Treasurer
Cinequipt is a full service Motion Picture, Video, Lighting and Grip Rental and Sales facility. Started in 1970 as an offshoot of Bob McGraw’s production company with just a single lens and a camera body, it quickly grew into a full fledged rental company. After Bob’s death in 2000, it became a second generation company. In 2003 an existing lighting rental company, Lighthouse, was purchased and in late 2006 we moved into our new 25,000 square foot building and opened up our in house studio. We are proud to be a Panasonic Production Reseller along with many other major brands of the industry. Our rental inventory is second to none.
Michael Tabor, Communications Director
Michael Tabor has been working in the Twin Cities film industry since 1990, after attending the University of Minnesota where he majored in Speech Communication and minored in Film Studies. Like much of the Twin Cities production community, he was a student of the Film In The Cities, and University Community Video workshops.
Working his way up from PA, Mike also logged time in the Sound, Art and Locations departments. He has worked on many of the features shot in Minnesota, and has won two DL Mabery Awards for his work on Bill’s Gun Shop & Not A Nickel’s Worth Of Doubt. He currently works as a freelance producer of commercial, corporate and still productions, and can be talked into the occasional feature.
In addition to serving on the MN AICP board, he is a mentor for IFP North’s Fresh Filmmaker Production Grant program. He lives in Minneapolis with his girlfriend, two dogs, a cat and an assortment of fish. He enjoys cooking, yoga, old movies, fine wine, loud rock and roll and staying active in community politics, gardening and environmental issues.
Kirk Hokanson, Past President
KIRK HOKANSON is a successful Minneapolis business owner for the past 30 years. He started his entrepreneurial career as the owner/partner of C & H Productions creating award wining commercials and business communications for over 10 years. Most recently he was the owner/President of Voodoo Films. He has also served 13 years as the Minnesota president of the Association of Independent Commercial Producers and served as Chair of the New Technology Committee for 8 years. He has won many awards including The Zahn Award, several Tellys, Effies, Push pins and the AICP Jay Eisenstat award for Distinguished Service in the Production Industry.
Dan Orozco, Independent Producer
DAN OROZCO grew up in Minnesota where he made films in high school instead of doing actual homework. After graduating from film school at NYU he moved to Los Angeles where he worked as 2nd Assistant Director on features and television.
In 2000 he decided to move back to Minnesota. Breaking into the Minneapolis market proved difficult and Dan had to start all over again. After working as a Production Assistant he eventually moved back into working as an Assistant Director and then producing.
Over the last 15 years Dan has worked on feature films, commercials and digital marketing projects.
Jennifer Helm, Executive Producer
Jennifer believes her primary task as Executive Producer is to bring the proper talent to accomplish what was once just an idea. She works hard to make sure everyone involved stays focused on the shared objectives and that they meet the deadlines and financial goals. Simply stated, Jennifer’s job is to be helpful.
Jennifer has worked as a producer at top advertising agencies such as Fallon, Periscope, Carmichael Lynch, and mono. She has over 17 years of advertising agency experience working on great brands such as BMW, Coca Cola Nestea, Target, and Subaru. A very long time ago she started her career on the production side of film making and is grateful to come full circle.
Based in Minneapolis MN, Meighan has produced a variety of independent projects, films, music videos, commercials and web videos. In the business since her teens her roots come from casting and have landed in what she does best, produce. Working as a freelance production manager and line producer since the mid nineties she has recently started her own production company called LUCKY.
With strong interest and support in the local filmmaking community she also serves on the board for Shoot in MN, MN Women in Film & TV, and the international board for Women in Film & TV International.
Rick Dublin, Board Member
Director Rick Dublin, who grew up in the Mississippi River backwaters of Winona, Minnesota, threw hometown security to the wind and moved to California, where he graduated (one of only eleven survivors) from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, in 1972. Recruited as an advertising photographer, he moved to Chicago and then Minneapolis, where he launched nationally recognized Dublin Advertising Photography in 1977. When one of his most award-winning accounts, Hush Puppy shoes, decided to venture into television, he went along for the ride, winning a Cannes Gold Lion with his very first commercial. Since then, Rick has won innumerable industry awards, including six Cannes Lions, as head of Dublin Productions, Minneapolis, and Motel Films, Hollywood. Rick’s first movie, a short called Bubblepac, was welcomed in 1999 into more than 25 film festivals around the world, including Sundance, Aspen, Sao Paulo, New York, London and Los Angeles. He is determined to one day soon accept Fox Searchlight’s offer to “bring us your next idea, please.”
Fritz Basgen, Secretary
Fritz attended the Journalism School at the University of Minnesota. He started his career in broadcast news as a cameraman, editor and writer. He then moved into the film business working as an editor, cameraman and writer and then began producing and directing.
He managed an in-house production unit for a Fortune 100 Company while continuing to produce and direct. Fritz then opened his own production company working for a mix of corporate and agency clients until production company Wilson Griak asked him to work with them.
After Wilson Griak, Fritz was one of the founding partners of Blue 60 Pictures where he continues to produce and direct for a variety of clients.
This is Fritz’s second tour on the Minnesota AICP Board of Directors.
Beth Wilson, Board Member
Beth discovered her passion for film making while producing a documentary film for one of her classes at the University of Minnesota. After receiving her degree in Broadcast Journalism, she networked her way into an entry level job opportunity at Drive Thru, Inc., anxiously jumping into TV commercial production with both feet. Grabbing onto anything and everything involving production she multitasked and studied the craft by starting out running coffee and working as a production assistant on many different shoots.
Seven years later she is the head of both production and post production for Drive Thru Productions & Editorial and loves every minute of it. She has traveled from California to Florida to Boston producing television commercials.
Drive Thru is a highly creative, full-service Production, Post & VFX facility. They offer production, offline editing, online editing, smoke, flame, animation, motion graphics and have also teamed up with Company 3 to connect the coasts to the Midwest with a virtual color correction service. Drive Thru is a growing shop that continues to solve creative problems on a daily basis and deliver high caliber work.
Jamie Heuton, Board Member
You might say that Jamie was born into the television industry.
As a child he was commercial talent in the 60’s and 70’s, and a computer programmer in the 80’s. He soon joined his father’s production company Computer Video Productions where he learned everything from installation, production, graphic design and editing.
Jamie left CVP to go freelance and bought one of the first Sony Betacam cameras in Minneapolis. As a Video Tech, Graphics Operator and Editor for many commercial and corporate clients, Jamie made many connections with clients and peers while founding Heuton Dailey Corporation in 1988. He has traveled around the world on productions from China to Fargo. He has worked on diverse projects from open heart surgery to feature films working with talents as wide ranging as Robert Altman to Mr. Rogers.
With his guidance for over 20 years, the original company has grown into HDMG, a full-service company offering production, editorial, design, finish and mix services. Today, Jamie is President and a Digital Imaging Technician at HDMG, with over 30 years in the business.
HDMG is a crew of creators who inspire and strengthen each other with extraordinary imagination and character. They have built a strong reputation for unique solutions, embracing change and creative thought while maintaining quality.
Kat Naden, Board Member
After countless years of restaurant management, Kat decided to leave the food service industry and try something new. She was hired for reception at VOLT Studios, began learning and was quickly bumped up to Associate Producer. From coffee shop manager to Associate Producer/AICP Board Member in just two years, she’s feeling pretty alright and is ready for more.