Shocking stories, crazy stories, moving stories. But mostly, we love the authentic stories of the people of Door County. The craftsmen, the artists, the entrepreneurs, the characters.
This little sliver of the planet moves us every day, and for nearly 10 years David Eliot, Myles Dannhausen, and Brett Kosmider have been discussing ways to tell its stories through video. In the days before YouTube, they even thought it might be a local TV station. Thankfully they didn’t go too far down that road!
Dannhausen was born in Door County, careening around Egg Harbor on a beat-up huffy and worn out sneakers, moving to Chicago in 2012 but maintaining my peninsula roots. Kosmider’s attachment to this place came early on in family vacations, and he’s been pulled to this peninsula’s shores ever since, finally moving here in 2015 after many years living a duel city/country existence. And Eliot was so inspired by the peninsula’s stories it held that he founded a newspaper straight out of college to give people a place to put them.
As video moved to the web, they saw an opportunity to tell those stories in a whole new way, to a much larger audience. An opportunity to expose millions more people to the beauty of the peninsula and the quality of its people that goes beyond images of lighthouses, fish boils, and cherry pie.
They tell the stories of the the cooks, the bartenders and the farmers. Of the volunteers who spend hours on a Saturday picking rocks, chopping roots, and cutting brush to make ski and biking trails through the parks. Of the entrepreneurs who take huge risks to pursue a dream or fill a desperate need in the most challenging of business climates. Of the eccentrics that give this place its character, its soul, and that make it different than a hundred other small towns or tourist destinations.
And now, because of the evolution of video, the web, and the intersection of three paths, they’re finally able to do this.
So they started Peninsula Filmworks, with Brett behind the camera, Myles ferreting out stories, and David driving ideas forward. Our project is a mix of mini-documentary films that we felt we had to tell, supported by sponsors and commissioned videos about Door County businesses and non-profits, and driven by our passion for the Door County peninsula.