Hi! My name is Joshua Giuliano, the writer and director. Please take time to read about our unique vision for an original short film we’re preparing to make.
You need money for what!?
In order to make our short film Dakota County, we don’t need to raise money for equipment, locations or talent—we need money to put on and run a baseball camp.
Sounds strange, we know. But hear us out! Dakota County is a film about many things, not the least of which is community. And what better way to make a film about community than to involve the community in as much of the process as possible?
We’re looking into small town locations in Minnesota to partner with to bring this story to the screen. By doing so we will be able to give back to the community what they have given us to be able to film. We are also planning on bridging the ever-growing gap between colleges and the towns were they’re located by bringing in players from teams to assist us with this camp.
NOTE: The camp itself will act both as a way of giving back to the community as well as a scene from the film. We will film this as we would a documentary, just with an actor added into the mix. The camp will not be cut short because of this. Other scenes that follow this structure include a little league game, a college baseball game and a tryout scene where our main character practices with the college team.
Dakota County is the story of a young man of the community dealing with the recent death of his father, a local baseball hero. The story stemmed from our love of the Midwest and baseball as well as a homesick mindset of being in Los Angeles for an extended period of time and the memories of lonely summers spent on the front porch. It comes from a time-honored tradition of baseball stories about fathers and their sons, coaches and their players and teams and the communities that support them.
Dakota County is the first step in a long-term goal to make a series of short films set in various counties across the country. The primary inspiration for this came to me when I was visiting a Robert Adams exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Adams is a photographer whose main subject is the American west and it’s relationship with those who populate it. It was his knack for setting and story within his photographs that spurred my imagination.
The impact I hope the series will have is the same as Dakota County’s except on a broader scale. I want to make films with the communities we visit, and I want to do them justice with the unique and original stories we tell.