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Scott Erickson. PHOTO: ANDREW TINGLEY Local Film’s Wunderkind | by Lindsay Patton-Carson S


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COTT ERICKSON HAS BIG ambitions. Not so much dreams, because Erickson has a plan in order to bring these creative business ventures to


fruition. He also has a timeline – in a year and a half, he plans on splitting his time between Los Angeles and Grand Rapids while overseeing SEF video, his video production consulting company. He started the business when he was 20 and it became a full-time gig six months ago. Did we mention that Erickson is not yet 23 years old? “I’m very fortunate to have people


who believe in me that want to do cool stuff,” he said. One of those people is Tommy


Fitzgerald, who hired Erickson in 2010 to produce all the web promos and


video content for his annual Juice Ball. Most recently, Erickson was hired by Rob Bliss as executive producer for the May 15 Grand Rapids Lip Dub, where he managed production logistics and the crew. Next up, Erickson will be develop-


ing two feature films. One of them – The Sky is Falling, a quirky drama about the last day on earth – is in collaboration with Kevin Budzynski, who wrote the script and is also the creative director of SEF video. Erickson and Budzynski are also


working outside of film and video in hopes to start a fashion apparel line. “Creative people just want to create


and have people enjoy it,” Erickson said. “I want to build a foundation in busi- ness with creative roots.” n


Michigan Film, Art & Literature Symposium


Grand Rapids Art Museum Nov. 12-13


FREE! artmuseumgr.org, (616) 831-1000


LIVING IN MICHIGAN, it’s nice to know where our little mitten fits into film, art, literature and pop culture. We’ll be able to explore that this November when the Michigan Film, Art & Literature Symposium will bring together scholars, artists and community leaders from throughout Michigan for a two-day conference on “What is the Michigan


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voice/perspective?” The conference is a collaboration between the Grand Rapids Art Museum, GVSU School of Communications and the Grand Rapids Public Library. It will focus will be on projecting regional uniqueness and tak- ing pride in our mitten when it comes to film, art and literature. The event will also coincide with the Michigan Film Festival – separate from the conference – which will help bring additional attention to Michigan’s use in film.


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