In 1988, Christa Dahlstrom—a college sophomore and Minnesota native—rented a VHS camcorder and brought it and two friends (Ted Johnson and Brian Glenn) to the Minnesota State Fair (running now through Labor Day).
Back at school she spent weeks learning the dorm’s linear video editing system, with the help of her film-major boyfriend (i.e. me), and cutting together this irreverent and loving 13-minute journey through the Fair.
Food-on-a-stick, Ye Old Mill, beauty queen butter sculptures, tractors, sideshow barkers, and bull semen.
Looking back at this I am reminded that she has always been funnier than me, and a better filmmaker. I’m excited that she’s making movies again.