The first Introduction To Film Series are in for a real treat, and a chance to showcase their own creative talents. Dynamic Alpena duo Kara Bauer LeMonds and Zachary Irving are teaming up to present this seven-week series at Art in the Loft, starting April 6. Alpena native Irving owns and operates Irving Entertainment, which he started about three years ago. His studios are on Water Street in downtown Alpena. We are a video production company, Irving noted. Now, we’re so busy that I’m bringing on more people, Irving said. We have about six to 10 people at a time that’ll be working on different projects ꜱᴛʀᴇᴀᴍ ꜰʀᴇᴇ, right now. ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ ᴘʀᴏᴅᴜᴄᴇʀ Kara Bauer LeMonds is originally from Alpena, but spent two decades pursuing her career in Chicago and Los Angeles, working on production projects before returning to Alpena to settle down and build a family. She now works at the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, but her love of screenwriting and film production will never rest, no matter where she calls home. She graduated in 1997 from Michigan State University with a degree in literature and history, and she did some film study there. But it isn’t like it is today, it’s not this comprehensive film program, Bauer LeMonds explained. It was more theory, and just, sort of, Film appreciation.
I’m a writer, and I’m a voracious reader, she noted. I’ve always loved how the medium of film can tell a story. I’ve always found that very exciting. She was planning to become a professor, then she tried out law school, and decided that wasn’t for her, either. I ended up in events planning during the dot-com era, and I ran this large-scale event on the ground in Silicon Valley, and I loved the production part of it, but the subject was totally outside of my wheelhouse, Bauer LeMonds recalled. I remember a friend of mine saying – I was 25, contemplating a change — ‘Why don’t you go into film? You love film.’ And I was like, ‘I can do that. Might as well.’ She said she worked her way up the old school way, making tons of phone calls and knocking on doors until she got the jobs she wanted. Oh, and she worked a lot for free, too. You can expect to do that to prove yourself in this industry. But it all paid off, eventually. Bauer LeMonds’ resume includes over 20 years of production experience in television commercials, music videos, movie promos, and high fashion shoots. She has had the opportunity to work with many A list talent and best crew in the industry.
The start and end of her career in Chicago, with 10 years in between in Hollywood, Bauer LeMonds has worked with production companies like MTV, Stardust Visions, Backyard Productions, Park Pictures, Smuggler, Anonymous Content, radical media, Paramount Pictures, and RSA, to name a few. The indie short SOAP she wrote and directed, was accepted into seven film festivals, including the LA Short Fest and Palm Springs Festival of Shorts (which was Oscar-qualifying). The web series she wrote and directed, Destined to Fail, was featured on the Funny or Die website. Irving has been Emmy-nominated and is an international award-winning filmmaker who has worked on multiple projects from feature films, documentaries, commercials, and TV work with PBS, FedEx, and more. Irving is also contracted with the U.S. Army Futures Command. You may recognize his name from Fresh Waves, Michigan Micro Adventures, or as a judge for the NOAA Thunder Bay International ꜰɪʟᴍ ꜰᴇꜱᴛɪᴠᴀʟ. Irving Entertainment is a multimedia company that creates professional quality videos in various assortments, completed with a state-of-the-art editing bay, sound stage, and light studios. This professional group employs over 10 very talented digital media related artists. Visit smartstream21.net.