Filmmakers

Director, Andy Fortenbacher - Clear Vision Films

A three-time Summer Film Project veteran, Andy Fortenbacher started his filmmaking career by directing the award winning short Delirium in 2004. Riding the wave of festival successes, he moved onto yet another hit with Rose Colored Glasses, which has screened in film festivals nationwide and has won multiple awards. As an undergraduate at Grand Valley State University, Andy worked as the first-assistant director on To Live and Die in Dixie, and as an electrician on Story Time. As a first-time director of the Summer Film Project, the GVSU Alumni brings along a highly visual style of storytelling in Walter’s Wife. In addition to directing, Andy has worked as the Director of Photography on several short films and commercial productions throughout Michigan and New York.  Andy is currently attending graduate school for his MFA in film at Columbia University in New York City.

Executive Producer, Jim Schaub - Clear Vision Films

Jim Schaub has worked in the field of film and video production for over 16 years as a producer, editor, writer, camera operator and technical adviser.  He has a wide range of experience producing corporate, documentary, non-profit, educational and film work.  Jim has a bachelors degrees in business from Michigan State University and both a bachelors and masters degree in Communications from Grand Valley State University.  He teaches film and video editing and effects at Grand Valley State University and is a technician in the School of Communications.  As an independent producer, his clients included, UPS, Knoll Inc., CBS Television, The Holocaust Museum of Houston, Bank West, United Way, American Lung Association, Nancy Skinner and Associates and many local producers. He is currently producing a documentary called “Up From the Bottoms: The Search for the American Dream”, a story about African American migration to Muskegon in the 1940′s and beyond.  It features Emmy award winning actress and humanitarian Cicely Tyson as the narrator (www.upfromthebottoms.com).  Jim has worked on three documentary films that have aired on PBS and also has a video in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Producer, John Otterbacher - Orange Chair Productions

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John Otterbacher is an independent filmmaker in Chicago where he operates his boutique production company, Orange Chair Productions Ltd., which specializes in Independent film projects and assisting non-profit organizations.  When not making films and or working with clients, John is a part-time professor at Columbia College Chicago and Grand Valley State University, where he received his Masters in Communication in 2005.   Focusing mainly on narrative films, Orange Chair Prod. is currently developing a number of documentary projects including one on mixed income housing in Chicago and another on a notable artist from MI.

Walter’s Wife (2009) is John’s 5th Summer Film Practicum with GVSU and his third as a staff member. He also worked on The Freezer Jesus (2002), Flickering Blue (2003), A Moment of Grace (2004), and To Live and Die in Dixie (2008).

Director of Photography, Michael Bosman - Orange Chair Productions

An alumni of Grand Valley State University, Michael Bosman, has been working as a professional filmmaker in Los Angeles for the past three years. He has experience as a Camera Operator, Camera Assistant and Director of Photography on a variety of shorts and features in Los Angeles including the feature length film The Morgue (2007), as Camera Operator under Director of Photography Jack Anderson, and as the Director of Photography of a feature length documentary Citizen Lane (in production).

Writer, Joshua A. Kinne - GVSU Senior

Joshua A. Kinne, a senior film/video major and creative writing minor at Grand Valley State University, likes to do nothing more than tell a good story.  He has written and directed numerous award winning short films including After a Gentle Rain and Amelia’s Haunting, both of which have been screened at the Waterfront Film Festival.  Joshua is a graduate of the Compass Film Academy screenwriting program and recently spent a semester abroad in Prague studying Czech and Eastern European film.  As a playwright, Joshua’s works, Till There Was You…, and The Extra-Ordinary Life of a Once and Future Me have been published and performed.  He hopes to one day walk on the moon, but until then- he only wants to make movies.

Producer, Rebecca Fortenbacher

Rebecca Fortenbacher is an advertising Art Director and Graphic Designer living in Grand Rapids, MI. She joins Clear Vision Films as a Film Producer for Walter’s Wife. A graduate of Kendall College of Art & Design (B.F.A. Graphic Design) she has produced webisodes, participated in film production and acted in the 2007 Grand Valley Summer Film feature To Live & Die in Dixie, Rose Colored Glasses, and Delirium.

Composer, Duncan Blickenstaff

Duncan Blickenstaff is currently pursuing a Masters in Music Composition for the Screen at Columbia College Chicago under the direction of Andy Hill.  Duncan has scored numerous student films including shorts and documentaries, and has worked with The California Institute for Biodiversity to create music for their upcoming interactive educational media.  After receiving his masters, Duncan plans to relocate to Los Angeles to seek out a career in film scoring.