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DeFlores Film Project Goal

The goal of the DeFlores Film Project is to produce academically researched, theme-focused film compilations for educational use across the nation and beyond.
The project brochure provides information about the project's genesis and its plans for the future. Note that the contact phone number has changed to: 952-358-8224.

The Bob DeFlores Film Archive

Normandale Community College is acquiring a significant portion of the 6,000-title DeFlores Film Archive through transfer of film to digital formats.

Project Staff and DeFlores Film Project Team Members

Project Manager Mary Krugerud, manages the budget and keeps track of the collection and related files. She co-wrote the script for the Big Band Treasures television program and works with Bob to select films from his archive. Her B.A. in Writing is from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul.

Project Director Carol Heen has been with the project since the beginning when she researched the project's feasibility for the College, and her fundraising efforts helped launch the project. She co-wrote the script for the Big Band Treasures television program and helped produce the classroom study guide. Her PhD in Musicology with emphasis on music history and American studies.

Aaron Moe, Normandale faculty in jazz and project team member, guided the clip selection and script writing for Big Band Treasures. He wrote the classroom study guide and is piloting and evaluating its use in the classroom. His Bachelor's in Music is from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and his master's is from Northern Illinois University.

Dan Conklin, from Normandale's Information Technology Department, have also been with the project since the beginning. They worked with Bob DeFlores to create several videos for Normandale special events, produced an award-winning fundraising video for the project, and filmed oral histories presentations from Bob and local musicians and performers.

Phil Lundblad, Normandale faculty, has interviewed Bob DeFlores about the collection, capturing his arcane knowledge about the films and performers. He has also interviewed people with connections to the collection's content, including Henry Busse, Jr., Percy Hughes, Charlie DeVore, Russ Moore, Bob Stroetz, Bob Boucher, and Butch Thompson.

Dick Parker has also contributed to the oral history collection, interviewing Henry Busse, Jr. and Noell Neill (Lois Lane in the TV series "Adventures of Superman"). Dick, a retired columnist for the StarTribune, has contributed stories about the DeFlores Film Project to the Minnesota Jazz Society's Coda and the Mississippi Rag.

Geoffrey Jones, Director of Marketing Communications at Normandale, designed the first marketing products for the project including the logo and brochure.

The Normandale Community College Foundation is represented on the project team by Chuck Waletzko, Executive Director, and Jayne TeVrucht, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations.

Project Advisors Other staff and faculty that have contributed to specific activities within the project include Lynne Figg, technology services webmaster; Sean Byrd, faculty in theatre and film history; Stephen Donaho, faculty in philosophy; Bernard Maegi, faculty in history; and Jeff Judge, dean of humanities and college readiness.