Highway of Hope

Highway of Hope South Minneapolis chronicles a real life tale of shepherding an urban stronghold of crime and chaos into a community of opportunity and triumph. It’s a story of good overcoming evil, of agency replacing exploitation, and its hopeful conclusion is that the experience can be repeated – again and again. But you’ll have to be all in, all out, all the time, for as long as it takes.

Inspired by the methods of transformation developed by the Leadership Foundations, the inspiring stories of changed cities and lives are what embodies the Highway of Hope. This is the place to see what’s happened in Minneapolis and what good things are happening in other areas of the world like Kibera, Kenya.

Highway of Hope is an initiative of STUDIO-180.ORG


Kivi Ranta is 33-acre development on the North shore of Lake Superior designed by world renown architect David Salmela.  See how real estate can benefit from storytelling in this short presentation.

Old Lifty

A concept pilot

Everyone who’s visited Duluth has marveled at the Aerial Lift Bridge. But who lifts it? And how? “Old Lifty” is a comedy web series that chronicles the (fictional) adventures of Aerial Lift Bridge Operator Karleen Anderson, a young professional who leaves the rat race to move back to her hometown. When she gets a job as a Lift Bridge Operator, she trades her BMW for a bicycle, her big city condo for a fold-out couch in her parents’ basement, and stress for serenity. Or does she? “Old Lifty” is purely Duluth and purely Minnesotan. Its actors, creators, and film production team are local. It’s locally-flavored, but will appeal to everyone who’s ever wanted to come home and yet felt slightly off-balance doing so.

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Duluth Heritage Sports Center

In 2014, Story Front worked with the Duluth Heritage Sports Center to create a vision film that would play an integral role in funding their new facilities.

This film highlights both the quality of character needed to create the sports center as well as the values the center imparts to children. In the film, Legacy co-chair  Patrick D. Francisco speaks about the true value of the Sports Center. It also features a number of donors dedicated to the cause.

Home Owners

This is a short ad produced for 4Corners Homes demonstrating their commitment to customer satisfaction. In each given build project, they wants their clients to feel part of the 4Corners family.

4Corners Homes is a nationally recognized home builder in the Oklahoma City metro and Kansas City metro area. The philosophy of the organization centers around community, conservation, and creativity.  Read more about the organization at http://www.4cornershomes.com/

Story Helps Fund Duluth Heritage Sports Center

One of the first projects Story Front completed in Duluth was a vision film for the Duluth Heritage Sports Center, which was campaigning for funds to pay for new facilities. The film proved to be a great asset throughout the campaign and played an integral role in raising funds for the Sports Center.

Story Front is again working with with Duluth Heritage Sports Center, but now the goal is to use a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the Duluth Heritage Sports Center Foundation, a trust fund that will prove invaluable to future generations of children who would otherwise be unable to participate in sports activities.

Read more about the purpose and mission of the Duluth Heritage Sports Center Foundation at www.duluthheritage.com.

End of the Spear

In 1956, five American missionaries in Ecuador were speared to death by a Stone Age tribe of Indians known as the Aucas. Two years later, the wife and sister of two of the murdered missionaries walked into the jungle to live with the same people who had murdered the men they loved. Today, the Aucas (now known as the Waodani) are a changed people.

This film again brought Story Front into the jungles of Ecuador, and is another example of the editorial, production, and camera skills of the collaborative’s creative engine.

Film Duluth

This is a promo film for the Minnesota Film and TV Board. It showcases the many spectacular filmic locations that Duluth has to offer filmmakers.

These locations include lakefront industrial areas, the historic depot complete with vintage trains, the Nopeming Sanitarium, the old county jail, St. Scholastica, Glensheen mansion, and a 7 mile freshwater sandbar. There’s also a 25% cash back incentive. Learn more at www.mnfilmtv.org