Completed film, TV and radio productions

with links to video and audio on YouTube and Google Video


 


 

BILL OLSON

WRITER, FILMMAKER & RADIO DRAMA PRODUCER

 

 


 

A PARTIAL LIST OF COMPLETED INDIE PRODUCTIONS

Except where otherwise noted, my role was:
Director, Editor, Writer, Producer and Photographer.

 

Minute by Minute
Complete video on YouTube.com
(September 2006; 4 min.) (Fiction Narrative)
A short film by Bill Olson of a man who sees a ghost.  2nd Place winner in the 48-Hour Video Project in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  Starring Kurt Wiegel and Bruce Bartels.

The Trail
Complete Vide on YouTube
Part 1 video on YouTube.com
Part 2 video on YouTube.com
(October  2005; 10:25) (Fiction Narrative)
The story of a zombie whose love will never die.  A short horror film by Bill Olson that won 2nd Place in the 48-Hour Video Project in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  Starring Abbie Williams and Tom Giffey.  Co-starring Bruce Bartels as the artist and Steve Sparks as the art critic.  Made in cooperation with Local Independent Filmmakers (LIF) in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  The film follows Unkel Boob as he travels the city appearing in the various films being shot that day.  Additional photography: Steve Sparks.

41 Hours
Complete video on YouTube
(July 2005; 25:29) (Documentary)
A clown character, Unkel Boob, must appear in short films that must be shot and edited in 41 hours.  Made in cooperation with Local Independent Filmmakers (LIF) in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  The film follows Unkel Boob as he travels the city appearing in the various films being shot that day.  Additional photography: Steve Sparks.

The War Prayer
Complete radio drama on YouTube
(2005) (fiction Narrative radio drama)
A radio drama presentation of Mark Twain's anti-war short story, starring folk singer Billy Krause and Abbie Williams.

Short Plays
(July 2005; 22:21) (Fiction Narrative radio dramas)
Short radio plays written and performed by Bill Olson, who creates a variety of voices.  The stories include "Modkenstein," "Coming Out of the Lab," "The Holy Gift," "Molem Beeble," and "Summit Meeting."
 
"Modkenstein" -- A humorous story about a hippy Frankenstein monster and his monster friends.
Complete radio drama on YouTube.com
 
"Coming Out of the Lab" -- A drag queen story based on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
Complete radio drama on YouTube.com
 
"The Holy Gift" -- A science-fiction story poem about conservative evangelicals obtaining the power to read minds and how they oppress those whose thoughts offend them.
Complete radio drama on YouTube.com
 
"Summit Meeting" -- Two heads of state in the Middle East discover they have more in common than they previously thought.
Complete radio drama on YouTube.com


View from the Sky
Part 1 video on YouTube.com
Part 2 video and bloopers on YouTube.com
Complete and higher resolution on YouTube
(July 2005; 10:45) (Fiction Narrative)
As teachers protest low wages and murder in Mexico City in June 1997, two men have a discussion on rebellion and sacrifice high above in the restaurant near the top of the Latin American Tower.  Starring Billy Krause and Jon Pepper.

Sheriff Bob
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
(July 2005; about 21 min.) (Documentary)
For 30 years, Bob Dawson was Sheriff Bob on a children's TV show  in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Dawson, children who where on his show, and broadcasters who worked with him talk about those years. Directed and Edited by Bill Olson.
 
All that Glitters
Complete video on YouTube
(April 2005; 50:52) (Documentary)
A documentary about Sonia and Marie Kadlec, twin sisters who've acted in locally-produced feature films.  Now, as they graduate from high school and begin new lives, they are also being considered for roles in a Hollywood major motion picture.

See the Music #3 to #10
(March 2005; about 27 min. each) (Educational)
The notes of piano sonatas by Beethoven can be seen on the screen as they play.

The Key *
Complete video on YouTube.com
(February, 2005; 05:05) (Science-Fiction Narrative)
An alien public affairs officer adopts a human child to be used in TV commercials promoting the approved candidate on the eves of the first post-occupation elections.  Starring Ali Jo Abraham, Craig Yamauchi, Bill Olson, Jodie Berseth, Tom Giffey.
 
* 2005: Official Selection, Cascadia Con's North American Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Festival (Seattle, Washington).

Special FX Tests
Complete video on YouTube.com
(2005;  (Documentary)
A humorous short documentary featuring failed special effects tests.
 
Video Letter
Complete Video on YouTube
(October 10, 2004; 12:14) (Fiction Narrative)
A filmmaker faces procrastination and old love.  Starring Bill Olson, Tom Giffey, Jodie Berseth, Kurt Wiegel and Carol Aasen.

Animal Blessings
Complete video on YouTube
Part 1 video on YouTube.com
Part 2 video on YouTube.com
(July 18, 2003; 14:34) (Documentary)
How do churches bless animals and what does it mean to the animal's adopted parents? And how do animals bless us? This light-hearted yet meaningful film features interviews with Rev. Eric Nielsen (First Presbyterian Church, Eau Claire, Wis.), Rev. Rolf Nestingen (Grace Lutheran Church, Eau Claire) and Dr. Lawrence Martin (Chair of American Indian Studies at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.)

Animals and Nature
Complete video on YouTube.com
(2003) (Documentary)
Video of animals and nature, filmed by Bill Olson in Eau Claire, Jackson County and Chippewa County, Wisconsin, and in the Twin Cities and Mexico.  Music by Bill Olson.

The Peace Show #2 "Beating the Drum" **
"The Angry Corner" segment on YouTube
(April 25, 2003; 27:19) (Documentary)
In the face of opposition, people who oppose war continue to beat the drum, to speak out.  (1) A group of university students in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, create a mock refugee camp, and (2) peaceful demonstrators in the small community of Mondovi, Wis., are cursed, threatened and shoved by pro-war factions.   Includes additional audio recorded in Mondovi by Dan Drumm of Pacifica Radio's Peace Watch.  
 
See photos and a video clip from the show, and hear Dan Drum's radio report at the UW-Eau Claire Staff and Faculty for Peace and Justice Web site.
 
The DVD containing "Peace Show" 1 & 2 (and bonus material) has been added to the collection of the McIntyre Library at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
* 2003: Official Selection, Finalist, Telly Awards.
* 2003: Finalist, Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival (Dallas, Texas).

The Peace Show #1 "The Loyal Opposition"
Complete on YouTube
(March 21, 2003; 17:37) (Documentary)
People who support war speak out freely while many opposed to war are afraid of reprisals. This series promotes the view that individuals can and must create peace on a daily basis in their own communities.

Your TV
(December, 2002; 25:00) (Documentary)
The events, producers and volunteers at Community Television, Eau Claire, Wis.  Produced for Community Television.

Fighting On -- a Profile of Two Chronic Pain Survivors****
Complete on YouTube
Part 1 on YouTube.com
Part 2 on YouTube.com
Part 3 on YouTube.com
(Aug. 1, 2002; 25:54) (Documentary)
The stories of two Wisconsin women suffering from debilitating pain and how they cope.
 
 
* 2003: Finalist, Telly Awards.
* 2002: Excellence Award, Documentary (WAPC).
* 2002: Impact Award for Best Program by an Individual (CTV, Eau Claire, Wis.).
* 2002: Impact Award for Best Individual Producer (CTV, Eau Claire, Wis.).

Statement of Reconciliation
Complete video on YouTube.com
(July 19, 2002; 02:00) (Fiction Non-Narrative)
A group that's feared and hated offers peace.

See the Music #2
(Feb. 18, 2002; 25:00) (Educational)
The notes of Edvard Grieg's music can be seen on the screen as it plays.

See the Music
(Aug. 8, 2001; 16:00) (Educational)
The notes of Franz Josef Haydn's Flute and Piano Sonata can be seen on the screen as it plays.

Bill Olson Presents American Authors -- Kyoko Mori
Complete on YouTube
(Aug. 2, 2001; 17:00) (Interview)
A discussion with Japanese-American author Kyoko Mori.

The Referendum **
(May 2001; 14:45) (Documentary)
Exploration of the issues involved in a controversial school referendum in Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Made as a broadcast journalism senior project at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with other students: Lee Heike, Tara Tompkins, Ayrie Manthey and Trevor Luetke.
 
Theme music by Bill Olson.
 
* 2002: 1st place, Category 29, Television In-depth 
  (Society of Professional Journalists Region 6 Mark of Excellence Contest for 2001).    
* 2002: Merit Award, Documentary (WAPC).

Reading's Cool *
(Aug. 2000; 06:56) (Educational)
A volunteer recruitment video for Reading Partner Program of Eau Claire Area School District in Wisconsin.
 
* 2001: Excellence Award, Educational Video (WAPC). 

Sky High
(Aug. 2000; 08:00) (Nonfiction)
A helicopter ride at Blaine Aviation Days in Minnesota.  Music by Bill Olson.

Blaine Aviation Days
(Aug. 2000; 12:00) (Nonfiction)
An aviation show in Blaine, Minnesota, in 1998.  Music by Bill Olson and F. J. Haydn.

Unknown Spanish
Complete on YouTube
(July 2000; 14:00) (Interview)
Spanish Lessons: words and expressions not found in dictionaries.  Includes a discussion with artist Liliana Amezcua.

Lord, We Thank You *
Part One on YouTube
Part Two on YouTube
(Dec. 1999; 14:00) (Documentary)
Documentary commemorating my aunt Lenore's 90th birthday and her life, includes interviews with her children. Songs by Tom Olson.  Theme song by Bill Olson.

* 2000: Merit Award, Documentary (WAPC)

African Perspective
Part One on YouTube
Part Two on YouTube
(1999; 22:00) (Interview)
An interview with two African journalists.  The theme song is © 1999 Bill Olson.
 
 
My First Trip to London
(1999; 29:00) (Documentary)
Experiences of 19th Century humorist Marshall P. Wilder, from a chapter of his book, THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET.  Narration by Bill Olson.

Lost Language, Rediscovered Kin
Part One on YouTube
Part Two on YouTube
(Dec. 1998; 14:00) (Documentary)
Long-lost Norwegian relatives, after discovering us through genealogical research, come to visit.  Perhaps we are the long-lost.   The theme song is © 1998 Bill Olson.

Socrates: The Final Days
Complete on YouTube
(1998; revised May 25, 2005; 28:35) (Narrative)
Radio adaptation of several Platonic dialogues. Starring Mel Jackson, Jay Blake and Bill Olson.  Music by John Wright.

Evolution of the Present
Complete on YouTube
(1998; 29:00) (Interview)
Dr. David Dávila, chair of the Department of International Relations at la Universidad de las Americas, discusses political changes in Mexico.

The Art of Antonio Álvarez
Short Version of Video on YouTube
(Oct. 1998; 19:21) (Documentary)
A profile of a Mexican artist and teacher.

Train Derailment in Mexico
Complete Video on YouTube
(1998; 20:00) (Nonfiction)
Workers try to put a derailed locomotive back on its tracks.  Videotaped on location in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico.

Saintly Images: The Art of Lilliana Amezcua
Complete on YouTube
(Aug. 1998; 16:57) (Documentary)
A profile of a Mexican artist whose works tell the stories of Catholic saints.  Much of her works are multi-media, using painting, junk sculpture, photos, etc.  

Conversation with a Mexican Woman: Marisol Castillo
Complete on YouTube
(1998; 15:00) (Interview)
Videotaped in the Zócalo of Puebla, México.  We discuss language studies and the 1997 eruption of the volcano Popocatepetl, which she experienced first hand.

El Internet en Mexico
Complete on YouTube.com
(July 1998; 04:00) (Interview)
Puebla bookstore/cyber café owner Carlos Gonzales talks about the Internet in Mexico.  Subtitles translation by Bill Olson.

Bunny Love: Antics in an Artist's Apartment 
Complete on YouTube
(May 1998; 11:53) (Documentary)
A profile on artist Kelly Brennan, and scenes of her bunny pursuing another bunny for mating.

Each Turn
(1995-96; 250:00) (Fiction Narrative)
A ten-part radio drama series based on my TV pilot.  Starring John Townsend, Mel Jackson, Mike Kruchten, Jay Blake, Diedre Kay, Steven Bishoff, etc.  Portions of two episodes were directed by Ruth Wendell.  Music by John Wright.  Theme by Bill Olson and John Wright. 

* 1996: Hot Mic Award (CTV 15, Roseville, Minn.).

1 - Dreams and Reality 
Complete radio drama on video.google.com

2 - Drawing forth Excalibur 
Complete radio drama on video.google.com

3 - Reality Kick 
Complete radio drama on video.google.com

4 - Perennial Dreams 
Complete radio drama on video.google.com

5 - Where is the Tickertape? 
Complete radio drama on video.google.com

6 - Xerxes and the Bay of Salamis 
Complete radio drama on video.google.com

7 - Affirmative Protection 
Complete radio drama on video.google.com

8 - Pawn and Battle Lines 
Complete radio drama on video.google.com

9 - Buenas Nuevas 
Complete radio drama on video.google.com

10 - The Sin of Two Worlds 
Complete radio drama on video.google.com

Half a Man  
Complete Video on YouTube
(1994; 28:00) (Fiction Narrative)
Suspense story of a writer who seizes the wrong opportunity.  Starring Jay Blake, Tom Sherlock, Jim Lundy, Mo Donahue, etc.  Directed, edited, co-written and co-produced by Bill Olson.  Music by John Wright. .  Shot in the Landmark Center of St. Paul, Minn. and other Twin Cities locations.
 
(Was a finalist in a Minnesota statewide film/video contest.)

Video Études II
(Sept. 25 1993; 45:00) (Fiction Narrative)
A live show presenting several short dramatic vignettes.  Starring Ken Morgan, Ruth Wendell, John Townsend, Bill Olson, Jim Lundy, Andrew Ansell, Linda Nelson, Jim Lundy, Jim Phelps, etc.  Writer, executive producer, co-director and host: Bill Olson.  Some of the etudes are available on the Internet:
 
"Reception party" -- John Townsend is a world-renowned research physician who must convince Gillian Ellis that revealing his vow of poverty to the world is the right thing to do.
Complete Video on YouTube.com
 
"Kings and Pawns" -- A conversation between George Washington and Thomas Jefferson about their slaves.
Complete Video on YouTube.com
 
"A Night" -- Ruth Wendell and Jack Jensen-Barrie star as a couple nearing retirement who fear their Vietnam veteran son who has post-traumatic stress and schizophrenia.
Complete Video on YouTube.com
 
"The Last Friend" -- Ken Morgan and Brian Goff are researchers on a starship whose religious differences define their friendship.
Complete Video on YouTube.com
 
"Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford" -- Who was Edward De Vere, and what might he have done to pursue his love of writing?
Complete Video on YouTube.com
 
 
Jamila
Complete video on YouTube
Part 1 video on YouTube.com
Part 2 video on YouTube.com
(1992; 15:00) (Fiction Narrative), Black and White
Inspired by true events in Lebanon in 1982: The story of a woman who reluctantly must become president of her chaotic Middle East country following the assassination of her brother, the president.  Starring Jeni Austin, Tom Sherlock, John Wright, Mo Donahue and Tyrone Bujold.  Music by John Wright.  Shot in the Landmark Center of St. Paul, Minn., the Minneapolis law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, and other Twin Cities locations.  

Jenny
Jenny and Behind the Scenes on YouTube
(1992; 12:15) (Fiction Narrative)
Story of a man who's insecure around women.  This film makes strong use of fantasy and visual story-telling.  Starring Bill Olson, Jack Melberg, Ruth Wendell and Judy Gallas.  Music by Bill Olson; photography by Walter Doehne.

Visiting the Elderly in Nursing Homes
Complete video on YouTube
(1992; 14:00) (Educational)
Volunteer training video for Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly.  Directed and Edited by Bill Olson; script, production and music by John Wright.

The One Hungry Predator (r) 
(1991, 22:00) (Fiction Narrative), Black and White
A young man believes he's a werewolf.  Starring Jim Lundy, Jack Melberg, Linda Nelson, Michael Dixon, Dorothy Lind, the dog Sadie, etc.  Directed, edited, co-written and co-produced by Bill Olson.

Video Études, Vol. I
(1991, 07:00) (Art Video)
Video experiments, many of which have an anti Gulf War theme.

Non Famous People of the Twin Cities #2
(1991; 30:00) (Documentary)
Demonstrates how makeup designs are created for "The Last Candle."  Directed and edited by Bill Olson.  Produced, created and hosted by Rochelle Andrews.

These Riches I Bear
(Jan. 1991; 15:00) (Fiction Narrative), Black and White
Prequel to "The Last Candle."  Starring Sandi Smith as the mystic.  Also starring, Jack Melberg, Jim Lundy, Linda Nelson, Michael Dombrose and the dog Sadie.  Camera: Bill Sylvester; music by John Wright.

The Last Candle
(Jan. 1991; 15:00) (Fiction Narrative), Black and White
(Based on my 1983 8mm film, "The Mystic.")  Starring Sandi Smith as the mystic.  Also starring Jim Lundy, Judy Nelson, etc.  Music by John Wright.

Writer's Block
(April 1990; .13:00) (Fiction Narrative)
(Sequel to "The Gray in the Basement.")  Re-issued in Feb. 2001 with re-mastered audio.  A young writer has lost her muse, but must deal with an old boyfriend.  Starring Danette Kealey, Bill Olson and Jack Melberg.  Music by John Wright.

The Gray in the Basement
Complete video on YouTube
Part 1 video on YouTube.com
Part 2 video on YouTube.com
(Sept. 1989; 13:43) (Fiction Narrative), Black and White
A woman writer cares for her abusive alcoholic father following a family tragedy.  Starring Danette Kealey, Jack Melberg, Joyce Trewartha, and Michael Dombrose.  Music by John Wright.

Playground
Part 1 video on YouTube.com
Part 2 video on YouTube.com
(Mar. 1989; 20:26) (Fiction Narrative)
A man struggles to raise his kids alone after the disappearance of his wife.  Starring Steven Bishoff, Danette Kealey, Jack Melberg, etc.  Re-issued in 1992 in a special edition co-starring Mo Donahue, Victor Tedesco, etc., with music by John Wright.

Each Turn: Perennial Dreams
(1989; 22:00) (Fiction Narrative)
(TV series pilot.)  A young man tries to become a filmmaker in the Twin Cities.  Later produced as a radio drama series.  Starring Rob Borm, Tom Mishke, Jodi Strimling, Danette Kealey.  Guest starring Steven Bishoff, Jack Melberg, Judy Gallas, Joyce Trewartha, Bill Olson, Michael Dombrose, etc.  Written, produced and co-directed by Bill Olson. Casting director: Melina Bielefelt.

Improv at My Place
(Sept. 1988; 16:42) (Art Video)
Improvisational comedy.  Starring Jodi Strimling, Judy Gallas, Melina Bielefelt, Linda Nelson, Michael Dombrose, etc.  Produced and edited by Bill Olson; directed and hosted by Melina Bielefelt.  

Crawling from the Canyon
(Aug. 1988; 17:16) (Art Video)
I reflect on life while sitting naked.

Donchagobeye
(1987; 21:00) (Video Poem/Documentary)
Poetic remembrances of our family cottage, which is now part of the Ice Age Reserve Park in Wisconsin's Chippewa County.  Narrated by Bill Olson.  Photography by Bill Olson and John Hruebesch.
 
Uncle Buck's Hills
(Aug.1987; 03:00) (Video Poem)
A video poem about the country.  Narrated by Bill Olson.

Silent Pond **
(July 1986; 03:37) (Video Poem)
A video poem about a pond.   Starring Melina Bielefelt.  Videotaped at Half Moon Lake in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
* 1987: Best Entertainment Video (Hometown Video Festival).
* 1987: Most Outstanding Achievement (Hometown Video Festival).

The Mystic
(May 1983; 09:00) (Fiction Narrative), 8mm film
A man must sacrifice his life to bring a little girl back to life.  Remade in 1991 as "The Last Candle."  Starring Melina Bielefelt, Laura Bielefelt, Marion Bielefelt, and Bill Olson as the mysitc.

The Tenth Annual Olson Invitational Golf Tournament
(1980; 30:00) (Documentary), b/w
The awards ceremony of my family's invitational golf tournament.

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

·        2005: Official Selection, Cascadia Con's North American Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Festival (Seattle, Washington),  "The Key."

·        2003: Finalist, Telly Awards,  "The Peace Show #2 -- Beating the Drum."

·        2003: Finalist, Telly Awwrds“Fighting On: A Profile of Two Chronic Pain Survivors.”

·        2003: Finalist, Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival (Dallas, Texas),  "The Peace Show #2 -- Beating the Drum."

·        2002: Excellence Award, Documentary  (WAPC), “Fighting On: A Profile of Two Chronic Pain Survivors.”

·        2002: Impact Award for Best Program by an Individual (CTV, Eau Claire, Wis.), “Fighting On: A Profile of Two Chronic Pain Survivors.”

·       2002: Impact Award for Best Individual Producer (CTV, Eau Claire, Wis.), “Fighting On: A Profile of Two Chronic Pain Survivors.”

·        2002: 1st place, Category 29, Television In-depth (Society of Professional Journalists Region 6 Mark of Excellence Contest for 2001),  “The Referendum.”

·        2002: Merit Award, Documentary (WAPC), “The Referendum.”

·        2001: Excellence Award, Educational Video (WAPC), “Reading's Cool.”

·        2000: Merit Award, Documentary (WAPC), “Lord, We Thank You.”

·        1996: Hot Mic Award (CTV 15, Roseville, Minn.), Each Turn radio drama series.

·        1987: Best Entertainment Video (Hometown Video Festival), “Silent Pond.”

·        1987: Most Outstanding Achievement (Hometown Video Festival), “Silent Pond.”

 

 

 


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