Reunion 2062

Poster for the short film “Reunion 2062”

This is a fun project I put together with the help of a classmate Leslie Stark for our 30th reunion. It tells the story of the last living member of our class in the year 2062. It was a fun film to make and went along well with the idea that we grow as artists by maintaining several active personal projects. The reunion was a big success. Friday we met for a mixer at Fairhaven’s Big Fat Fish Company  right after Seattle Seahawks victory over Kanses City. Emotions were high. It was fun as we attempted to reconnect these mature faces with the people we recalled from our youth. It is literally true that we become cooler people the older we get. We become more self assured and comfortable with ourselves. But don’t tell a teenager that. It was great to find that old friends had become even more charming with time. Some of the old stories were pretty funny. I’m glad I’ve grown up.

That next day we met out at Camp Firwood for a family picnic. I got to experience my first attempt at Paddle Boarding along the lovely shores of South Lake Whatcom. That evening we gathered for the main event at the Silver Reef Casino on the Lummi Indian Reservation near Ferndale. Smooth talking musician Dave Klander acted as MC and Garret Smith the Comic Fireman provided the jokes. Next came the short film I’d made for the reunion; “Reunion 2062”. As with any debut the filmmaker is nervous. Perhaps more so when it is for a room filled with old friends. I think they liked it, laughing at the right places and being generous with their praise. The food served by Silver Reef Casino was delicious and the staff helpful with technical issues. The 80’s cover music band Blind Fate was super fun. It all got really crazy when Kevin Mellon took the mic and everyone including myself started dancing.

Here is the short film I made for the reunion. Hopefully it will inspire you to do something fun and creative for your next school, church, family, corporate or similar social event or gathering.

Reunion 2062 from Michael Kleven on Vimeo.

This was a project I put together with Leslie Stark for our 30th reunion. I wanted the film to be fun and funny.  We planned to make it with resources that we had on hand. Luckily we are both performers, have degree in film production and motion graphics and thank goodness have production gear on hand.

Thanks to reunion organizer Val Vogel Lee for her support and to our friends and classmates at BHS. You can find out more about our professional media work on our websites:
Kleven Creative Services: http://www.michaelkleven.com
Bella Luna Studio: http://www.bellalunastudio.net/

 

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I don”t know if you are like me but family reunions are always a special occasion. Make this time into a lasting memory. This portrait was taken at my own family reunion at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle. We are all descendants of Olga & Linus Leiren of Ballard. If you would like a family portrait or complete coverage of your reunion or other gathering please contact Michael Kleven at Aesthetica. My number is 206-307-7588. My email is mikekleven@gmail.com . That’s me in the front row with the yellow muscle shirt.