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small town ROBOT

BIG world ideas


Greenbush, Minnesota is about as far away from the “big city” as you can get. One look at the minuscule main

street and you might think you’ve got the farming town figured out, but take another look.


Hundreds of miles from the big funders and large corporations, this town of 719 people has consistently come together,

fundraised, and fielded a high school robotics team that goes head-to -head and heart-to heart with the world.


But it’s not just about competing at the global championships. It may well be a good start to changing how the

world works. You see, every team wants to win, but they are also judged on their ability to cooperate with each

other’s teams. Compete and cooperate.




We follow the GMR Gators team 5172 into the world arena and see what it takes to be a robotic David

in a Goliath world.

A documentary short.

Filmmaker got
"in the zone"
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Minneapolis Star Tribune

“There's no shortage of odes to athletes, but what if someone paid similar attention to brainpower!?”
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 MPR News

"It’s what we need to aspire to be.
I think the film was outstanding."
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The Tribune - NorthStar

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JOE BRANDMEIER has been a director and producer for over 20 years.

He has had the privilege of working with a long list of diverse clients and very cool artists; Prince, U2, RunDMC, Wyclef Jean, MTV, ESPN,The Beijing Opera Company, NBC. . . and many more.


He’s directed two national Emmy-winning PBS specials for financial guru Suze Orman and worked with legendary music producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, documenting their work with artists Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, and others.


Joe has directed and produced multi-camera projects with Garrison Keillor, Bobby McFerrin and David Hyde Pierce, along with three major productions for Minnesota Opera, including their Pulitzer prize-winning “Silent Night.”

Joe Brandmeier

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Joan Steffend

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DIRECTOR - Producers


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