Blue Leaf Studio & Productions to partner with Treefort’s David Marek Director of ‘Thaw of the Dead’ and ‘Somewhere West’ this fall in Michigan

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Blue Leaf Studio & Productions is pleased to partner with The Treefort Collective Media Production Company and multi-award winning director, David Marek, in the development of the upcoming film, “Better to See You With” written by Gayle Newman Kunz.

A native of Traverse City, Michigan, David attended Northwestern Michigan College, where he received the English Student of the Year Award before transferring to the University of Colorado where he earned a Dual BA in Creative Writing and Film Studies, as well as a BFA in Film Production. David earned multiple departmental awards for his film work and his BFA thesis film “Snow Petals” (2005) received a First Place at the Crested Butte Reelfest and was an official selection at 6 other film festivals. David stayed at the University of Colorado for his MFA and produced several short films and wrote, produced, directed and edited his first feature film, Somewhere West (2011), which received 8 Best Feature Film Awards and 6 other Awards along with 27 additional Nominations from 18 film festivals in 3 countries.

David returned to Michigan in 2011 and co-founded The Treefort Collective Media Production Company while being invited to spend 2 semesters teaching as the Filmmaker in Residence at the world renowned Interlochen Arts Academy. Following this, David spent two summers as the Summer Director of the Motion Picture Arts Department for the Interlochen Arts Camp. Currently, David is a Lecturer IV at the University of Michigan where he is also serving as the Associate Chair of the Film, Television and Media Department.

David has worked on dozens of film and commercial projects in various roles including: Director, Producer, Editor, Assistant Director, and Camera Operator among others. In 2016, David collaborated on the production of the feature documentary “The Irreplaceables” and most recently wrote, co-produced, directed and edited the feature film Thaw of the Dead (2017) which won 6 Awards with 11 additional nominations.

Somewhere West Trailer:


Thaw of the Dead Trailers:

Rent the full movie on Amazon Prime:

We are honored to collaborate with David this fall (in Michigan) and will be sharing more information including information about cast/crew opportunities on the Blue Studio & Productions page in the coming weeks!

Heather Fairbanks, actress
Heather Fairbanks IMDb page


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