Scott Christopherson - Director
Scott was one of ten doc filmmakers featured in Variety Magazine’s “Docu-makers to Watch” list in 2015. His debut feature film, Peace Officer, won both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards for best documentary at the SXSW Film Festival. Scott’s films have played at numerous festivals, including Hot Docs, Full Frame and Melbourne, and at the Museum of Modern Art in NY.
Jared Harris - Producer
Jared has always been interested in telling unique stories. After High School, he started Saint Cloud, a production company that specialises in original content ranging from documentary and narrative film to commercials and branded content. As an Executive Producer, Producer and Director, Jared has helmed over 100 commercials, a dozen short films and 3 feature films.
Jared Hess - Executive Producer
Hess is a writer/director known for his films Napoleon Dynamite (2004) and Nacho Libre (2006), starring Jack Black. His newest film, Masterminds, was released in October 2016. He became friends with Stephen Groo while studying film at BYU and gives Groo’s films as wrap gifts to his cast and crew, which is how Jack Black initially became a fan.
Making The Film
I remember hearing about Stephen Groo when I was an undergrad in film school. He was a legend of sorts in my local community. When I entered film school I think he had already made 100 movies, and he even charged a small fee if you wanted to be the lead actor. I was fascinated by his work then but I didn’t have the confidence or knowledge to make a feature length doc yet. I returned to that same local community ten years later and finally met up with Steve. I knew I had to make a film about him. When I first met Steve he told me that a bunch of other people had tried to make docs on him over the past 15 years but they gave up. I didn’t know what to expect. Luckily I had an amazing crew and we spent countless 20 hour days following Steve. He can be extremely stubborn and insufferable, and he’s also very complex. Hopefully the film reflects the complexities of life choices and the effects of following one’s dream, no matter the cost.