Hello everyone,

We know its been awhile since we’ve posted anything. Sorry to be out of touch for so long. Thank you to everyone who has asked what and when we are doing something. The support is very much appreciated!

Just to catch you up, there are some transitions happening with us. We’ve moved out of the temple and everything is in storage. Or our garage. (Oye) At the moment theatre is a bit up and the air. We have plans to continue, but now we have to figure out places and what not when we get back at it!

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During the last few months and we’ve had a great adventure with our first full-length movie, “Slip Away”. We premiered it last fall in Bemidji, then had a permiere in Grand Forks, ND at the Fire Hall Theater, and then in October we had a showing in Hollywood! Quite a feat for a little movie shot in just a few weeks. Although, with the amazing amount of talent we had in the film, I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised.

For those of you that missed it and would like to see it, as of last night you now have your chance. The movie is on YouTube in 3 parts for everyone’s enjoyment. We continue to seek recognition for the artists, distribution, or whatever may come from it. I hope you take some time to see some amazing performances.

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Part 2:

Part 3:

For some REALLY great news… Steve’s book of poetry, “This Long Trip to Myself” will be released August 22nd! You aren’t going to want to miss this one. It’s incredible. The very talented Julie Quanrud and Chris Arens provided the illustrations for the book. Watch for more info at his publisher’s website as it gets closer. http://www.writersamuseme.com/stevesaari.htm#901230694


(This part added at Steve’s instance) Also in book news, DeeJay’s book, “The View From a Rusty Train Car” won two awards this spring. He was thrilled (accompanied by Julie Quanrud and Gary Grotenhuis) to be able to accept one of them in New York City at the Harvard Club. Meanwhile, he gets a new book cover to celebrate.


So while we haven’t been very active in the public eye, we continue to pursue art. Watch for more announcements coming soon with new projects down the road including another publishing announcement for Steve (this time about his plays) and the start of new film projects!

Thanks again to all of you for your constant support! We really appreciate all of you and all of the artists with which we have the honor to work. Until later… keep supporting the arts!

Published in: on July 17, 2013 at 9:02 pm  Leave a Comment  


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Saarens Productions invites you to add dinner theatre to your diet by attending the adult comedy about the trials and tribulations of good ol’ folks in trailer trash Texas entitled,

“Sordid Lives,” by celebrated author, Del Shores.  The production will be presented at the Hungry Bear Banquet & Conference Center (2300 24th St. NW) on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, February 21-23.

Social time begins at 6:00pm with Dinner at 6:30pm and the Performance at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $32.50 per person and reservations must be made one week in advance in order to accommodate limited seating.  A 10% discount is available for parties of 8 or more.

The menu includes a Backyard Barbeque featuring Ribs, Hamburgers, and Brats, and meatless Cheese Manicotti.

Reservations may be made by calling 556-1777.  Payment must be made in advance by credit card or by mailing a check to Saarens Productions, 508 Woodland Ave. SW, Bemidji, MN 56601.

The All-Star Cast includes:  Mitch Blessing, Kevin Cease, Chuck Deeter, Sarah Einerson, Julie Kaiser, Kathryn Lavelle, Andor Lofthus, Bridget Looper, Julie Quanrud, Steve Saari, Vicki Stenerson, Joel Ward, and Cheryl Winnett.

The cast is under the direction of DeeJay Arens with the aid of Assistant/Lighting/Sound Director, Betty Arens.  Emily Quanrud serves as Stage Manager.

Have you ever wondered how the other half lives and loves?  Wonder no more.  Join us for an evening of fine dining and a hilarious peek into the lives of the inhabitants of Winters, Texas and their “Sordid Lives!”

Hope to see you at the show!!!!!

Published in: on January 29, 2013 at 4:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Slip Away – Official Movie Poster

We are currently in the last stages of post-production and we are getting excited to share  this movie with all of you. Thank you to everyone for their support and encouragement! Check back for further details!

Published in: on May 31, 2012 at 6:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Fathom Film Festival Awards

Announcing the winners at the Fathom Film Festival!

Critics’ Choice Award: “Inside Looking Out” by Harlan Hegna (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3753925/)

Audience Choice Award: “Bunnies” by Spencer Olson (http://spencerolson.tumblr.com/)

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to the filmmakers who submitted their material and to the audience members who attended the Indie Film showings! We look forward to next year!

Published in: on April 26, 2012 at 10:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Production Photos ~ Slip Away (Re-Shoot)

For those of you following the progress of our movie; you may or may not know that we had a terrible technical mishap a couple months ago. All the editing that had been done was lost. Luckily, we still film on tape so we had the originals. However, the first tape of our first shoot of this movie mysteriously vanished. We no other options left, the cast and crew graciously agreed to get back together and re-shoot the original pages of the script. Turns out it was a lucky thing. We are all happier with how this shoot went compared to the first. SO! We are back on a roll with the movie. Going to get back to edits and re will record the original music Steve Saari wrote for the movie. Wish us luck!

Here are some photos from this weekend’s shoot!

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Published in: on April 1, 2012 at 7:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Season Productions Rescheuled

Some of you have noticed that there is no press or ads for our Dinner Show – “Monky Business”.  We’ve even had a couple calls from devoted patrons wondering how and where to get tickets since it is supposed to be this coming weekend. We regret to say that we at Saarens Productions have postponed our last two shows of the season until further notice. We are in the midst of restructuring and devising a new strategy for our theatrical presentations. Attendance has been low the last couple of shows and we are trying to figure out why. Without the support of people coming to our shows, it makes it difficult for us to go on financially.

Thank you to all of you who have checked in with us about up-coming events.  We appreciate your support!

We’ll be in touch with more information in the next few weeks.


All of us at Saarens Productions

Published in: on March 2, 2012 at 4:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Preview: Slip Away – A Film from Saarens Productions

This is a 5 minute preview of our latest movie that is currently in editing!  It’s still in it’s ‘rough cut” form, but you get the idea.  The cast and crew were amazing.  Hope you enjoy!

Published in: on December 17, 2011 at 9:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

Last Production Photos – “Slip Away”

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Published in: on December 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm  Comments (1)  

More Gift Ideas from the Fleur de Lis Gallery

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Published in: on November 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

Gift Ideas from the Fleur de Lis Gallery!

Check out the Fleur de Lis Gallery for your holiday shopping!  Open Wednesday – Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  and when the sign is out front of the building.  Can’t make it during those times?  Call us at 556-1777 and schedule a private viewing!

Thanks for supporting the arts in Bemidji!  Your purchases help keep the arts alive!

Here is a photo tour of gift ideas available now:

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Published in: on November 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

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