Sun Feb 24, 2019 – 2:30 pm | La Casa Grande
Lake Michigan Monster
Directed by Ryland Tews
U.S.A. | 78 min | 2018
The eccentric Captain Seafield hires a crew of specialists to help him plot revenge against the creature that killed his father. After several failed attempts, Seafield is forced to take matters into his own drunken hands. What began as a simple case of man verses beast, soon turns into a rabbit hole of mysterious unknowns and Lovecraftian hijinks. Lake Michigan Monster — banned in four lakes!
Official Selection and Honorable Mention at the 2018 Milwaukee Film Fest and Festival Spirit Award winner at the Weyauwega International Film Fest.
Milwaukee native and graduate of UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts, Ryland attempted his first feature film in 2017 with Lake Michigan Monster. Having only his good friends to help him and his girlfriend’s dusty old camera to use, Ryland funded his nautical passion project off pizza delivery tip money. Due to the super micro budget, the movie opted for a black and white, 16mm film aesthetic. This allowed for a unique old-timey feel where bolder, do-it-yourself effects reign supreme. Ryland subscribes to the idea that you can make any shot more interesting if you shove the camera into someone’s face or simply, “Dutch it up”. Currently Ryland is a waiter. Go Pack Go!
Editor / Visual Effects
Originally from Milwaukee, Mike was a lead animator on Baz Luhrman’s The Get Down, a promo editor at Nickelodeon, and an editor/animator for a U.S. Open, a World Cup, and a Super Bowl. He attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has worked with Men’s Fitness, Colin Cowherd, Bordeaux, Mastercard, Shake Shack, American Eagle, Bill Maher, Wildfox, and Sprite. He also directed three ambitious comedy shorts: Scheme Squad, L.I.P.S., and Limbos, all available at www.mikecheslik.com.