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April 07, 2013 | posted in Filmmakers
To put it mildly, filmmakers Tom Gustafson and Cory Krueckeberg are music lovers. The duo has four films screening at this year’s Cleveland International Film Festival, and each of them has a musical theme. Gustafson and Krueckeberg are being honored with the Someone to Watch Award. Co-founders of SPEAKproductions, their work has garnered over 30 awards from festivals all over the world.
“All of our pieces really rely on music,” says Gustafson. “We love musical storytelling and the power of music in cinema. Everything we do, we gravitate toward music.” Gustafson, who directed both “Mariachi Gringo” and “Were the World Mine,” also co-produced “The Go Doc Project.”
Gustafson played the trumpet growing up, and began making films at young age. He recalls that there was always a video camera at family events when he was young, which got him thinking about making films.
Krueckeberg makes his directorial debut in “The Go Doc Project” and co-produced both “Mariachi Gringo” and “Were the World Mine.” He is also credited as screenwriter or co-screenwriter for all three films. His childhood was also very musical.
“Music was a very important thread throughout my childhood,” says Krueckeberg. “Every family gathering was filled with guitars and music ranging from folk to the Beatles. It’s literally impossible for me to write—or even imagine—a story without music.”
Photo: Cory Krueckeberg and Tom Gustafson. Photo by Janet Macoska.
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