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African Pumpkins

As part promotion for my movie Bill’s Big Pumpkins, we sell pumpkin seeds. A couple days ago I got an e-mail from a customer from South Africa. He said he’s having some success and included some pictures.

His only problem lately is that the baboons are getting into his pumpkin patch.

I’m Big in Minnesota

When I arrived at work late today, 9:30 am, I was greeted by my co-worker Chris. He had a strange grin and a WTF look. I was feeling sorta sheepish since I was so late. Been having a hard time sleeping lately since I’ve been up playing Final Fantasy XII. (Makes me think of the drinking problem joke in Airplane.) Anyway, Chris says he has to show me something and he pulls out Minnesota Monthly magazine.
Here’s a better image from the Solstice Film Festival slide show. That’s me second from the left.
Bill’s Big Pumpkins red carpet at the June 2007 Solstice Film Festival at the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul. Pictured right to left: Gail Foss, Ryan Foss, Stephanie Nagel, Bill Nagel


2008 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival
Silver Eddy Award
Pro-Am Documentary
Bill’s Big Pumpkins

Big Pumpkins, Big Surprise

This morning I managed to get up early, which is weird because I was up till 2 am. After the normal good mornings and stuff with my family, my wife told me to get a paper, the neighbor had told her I was in it. Of course, on my drive to work I grabbed one at the local Grab-N-Gas. There’s a cute little mention about my movie Bill’s Big Pumpkins. Here’s a link to the article in the Star Tribune.

Anyway, we’re part of the Home Grown Cinema series. Bill’s Big Pumpkins debuts on the first night, Monday May 12th! Here’s the trailer.

Giant Pumpkin Seeds are a lot of work

As part of our promotion for my documentary film Bill’s Big Pumpkins we started selling packages of giant pumpkin seeds. We started doing it to help pay for the production and promotion of the movie. This, to my surprise, has been very well received. We’ve shipped more seeds than DVDs. I imagine we’ll keep doing it. We’ve met many interesting and exciting people in the process!

Here’s a picture of my last batch of seeds for the year. I lay out the seeds in lines, making sure each one has 10 seeds of the right kind, and then I package them up. This was something like 45 packages, two weeks ago. I’m down to less than 20 packages now! Not to surprising considering it will soon be time to put pumpkin seeds in the ground.