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The Lutefisk Wars

Directed by David E. Hall & Christopher Panneck
Narrative Feature
USA | 96 min | 2011

A rural frozen food delivery man is mistaken for someone else and ends up in the middle of an ancient feud between two Norwegian Mafia Families.

My intention with this film was to be subtly feminist, a little bit raunchy, and entirely relatable.

In the film I explore a group of characters in their early 30s struggling with the angst of embracing adulthood and true intimacy, the fantasies that need to be chucked out the window for relationships to evolve, how friendships change over time (or don’t), and the tender, sometimes effed up, beauty of love.

My hopes are that audiences will have different interpretations of what the film’s message is and that they gain something from the experience of watching it. It’s a unique indie comedy/drama and is something new to come out of Australia.

Lutefisk Wars - Poster

Lutefisk Wars -  David E. Hall, Christopher Panneck David E. Hall & Christopher Panneck

DAVID E. HALL (Writer/Producer/Director) has been making movies since he was a teenager growing up in Iowa.  He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Wheaton College where he began his formal studies in film and television and won several awards for short films he directed.  While in Chicago, David helmed several low budget feature films as a Line Producer and First Assistant Director including “The First Stone” and “The Prodigy”.  Upon moving to Los Angeles, he accepted a position working for animation innovators, Klasky/Csupo Inc., the Producers of “The Simpsons” and “Rugrats.”

David next began working at Warner Bros. Studios, assisting Producer Peter MacGregor-Scott on the films “Batman Forever”, “The Perfect Murder”, and “Batman and Robin”.  Soon after, he began Post Production Supervising on big budget studio movies such as
“Poseidon”, “The Dark Knight”, and “Inception”.  In between these large projects, David has pursued his love for Independent Filmmaking collaborating with Indie Producers Michael and Mark Polish on “The Astronaut Farmer”, “The Smell of Success”, and “Stay Cool”, as well as Co-Writing, Producing, and Directing “The Lutefisk Wars”.  Throughout his career, David has had the privilege of working with some of the world’s most notable Film Directors including Joel Schumacher, Andrew Davis, Wolfgang Petersen, Martin Campbell, and Christopher Nolan.

CHRISTOPHER PANNECK (Writer/Producer/Director) obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of North Dakota, then later a Masters of Arts Degree in Film Production and Literary Arts from Regent University in Virginia.  He wrote and directed a short dramatic film on G.K. Chesterton and was also an assistant director and editor on an award-winning feature docu-drama entitled “Fallen Angel”.  He has written a number of screenplays in addition to “The Lutefisk Wars” and has also published several short stories for literary magazines.  For the past 15 years, Christopher has been the Project Manager of the Feature Story Department at Warner Bros. Studios.   Prior to that, he worked professionally (in no particular order) in general construction, as a bottle washer at a Mennonite dairy farm, a house painter, a singer, and a college teacher.  Chris currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Helen.

Film Information

Director: David E. Hall & Christopher Panneck
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Language: English
Runtime: 96 min.
Rated: PG-13


Producer: David E. Hall, Christopher Panneck
Writer: David E. Hall, Christopher Panneck
Associate Producer: Christopher Plogger
Cinematography: John Ames
Editor: Wes Llewellyn, Scott Popjes
Music: Anthony Vanderburgh, Tim Williams

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