We are people who love stories.
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 we’ve been discussing ways to tell its stories through video. In the days before YouTube, we even thought it might be a local TV station. Thankfully we didn’t go too far down that road!
[Oh, sorry, I’ve gotten ahead of myself? The “we” here is David Eliot, Brett Kosmider, and me, Myles Dannhausen. You can learn more about us individually down below, or by watching the video up above, but right now I want to tell you about why we’re at this little project in the first place.)
I 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. Brett 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 David 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, we 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 (don’t get me wrong, we love those, but Door County’s greatest lure comes in it’s people).
We wanted to 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, we’re finally able to do this.
So we 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.
Brett Kosmider, Director
Director Brett Kosmider has produced documentaries and marketing films for more than 15 years, and founded Boreal Sky to produce high-value, quality video productions for businesses and marketing firms. At his core, Brett is a storyteller. He’s woven over 200 hours of stories (aka unscripted television) for major networks like HGTV, Food Network, PBS, CNN, ABC, and Travel Channel. He has also earned awards and accolades for his work in advertising, television entertainment and marketing communications.
BorealSky has been commissioned to produce marketing films for Cy Winship of HGTV and Oprah Winfrey’s “Live Your Best Life Weekend” in New York City, among others. His skills have been enlisted to contribute to the creative efforts behind brands like Target, General Mills, Cargill, Porsche, and BMW.
Brett, a Wisconsin native who has spent most of his career in Minneapolis, developed a bond with Door County during childhood vacations. In 2015, he finally made Door County his home to pursue the vision that is Peninsula Filmworks.
Myles Dannhausen Jr., Storyteller
A native of Egg Harbor, writer Myles Dannhausen opened his first restaurant as a high school junior before spending eight years as the news editor of the Peninsula Pulse. There he chronicled the people, events, struggles and celebrations that define life on the Door Peninsula.
His background as a peninsula native, business owner, and high school basketball coach gave him a unique, multifaceted perspective on what moves people in Door County. Since moving to Chicago in 2012, he has continued to write about Door County as a contributing writer for the Pulse and several Midwestern publications, adding another perspective – that of the outsider.
Dannhausen has written for Wisconsin People & Ideas, Running Times, Chicago Athlete, Silent Sports Magazine, and several other regional publications. He is also the course and publicity director of the Door County Half Marathon and the Peninsula Pacers and has served on the boards of the Family Centers of Door County, Door County Volleyball Association, Gibraltar Booster Club, and the Gibraltar School Finance Committee.
David Eliot, Publisher/Entrepreneur
Founder and publisher of the Peninsula Pulse, David Eliot has championed the stories of Door County since printing its first edition in 1996. Eliot has helped build the Pulse into one of the nation’s best independent newspapers and one of the only growing print publications in the country.
He is publisher of Door County Living magazine and co-founder of PaperBoy.
A serial entrepreneur dedicated to creating businesses and events the enrich the Door County community and encourage tourism, Eliot founded the Door County Half Marathon, Door County Beer Festival, Peninsula Century Rides, and the Door County Pond Hockey Tournament. He has served as board Chairman of the Door County Visitor Bureau, serves as the Past President of the Door Community Auditorium, serves on the board for the Door County Triathlon and is Chairman of the Board of the Door County Community Foundation.
Do you want to tell your story through video? Drop us a line and let’s get a conversation started about how you can get your Door County video story told with Peninsula Filmworks.
Send us an email at [email protected] or call us at 920.839.2121 and we can meet at our office in the digs of the Peninsula Pulse and Door County Living in Baileys Harbor, or better yet, let’s grab a cup of coffee or a beverage sometime.
8142 Hwy 57
Baileys Harbor, WI 54202