by Dominic Erickson
14 June 2021
Colin Froeber and Nicole Rodenburg (who grew up in Fargo) are premiering their film "Glob Lessons" at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend. The movie can be seen on-demand for the duration of the festival.
“Glob Lessons” is the funny and heartfelt feature directorial debut of Nicole Rodenburg. Written by Rodenburg and her creative partner Colin Froeber, the film premiered as part of the Tribeca Film Festival on June 12.
Rodenburg and Froeber star as Jesse and Alan, two mismatched strangers coupled together as coworkers in a traveling children’s theatre company called Globe Trotters. Jesse is an unpredictable woman from West Virginia looking for some fun. Alan is a “mostly-closeted” gay man from Minnesota insecure about his life’s trajectory.
Dominic Erickson spoke with Nicole and Colin about “Glob Lessons” and growing up in the Midwest.
Dominic Erickson: How did you feel once you heard about getting into Tribeca?
Nicole Rodenburg: We were really surprised. Back in October, we got an email sort of out of nowhere asking us to submit from the programmer who ended up being one of our major champions. It was not expected that a festival like Tribeca would be soliciting us -- two nobodies who made this movie for very little money. It’s still a secret as to how we got on their radar; no one has told us how that happened. We hadn’t finished the film at that point.
Colin Froeber: It was definitely a work in progress.
NR: The only places we had submitted to then were Sundance and Slamdance. We did that at the beginning of October just to give us a kick in the pants to get working on some of the challenging sequences. When we got into Tribeca, it was a total shock. That was about six weeks ago. We’ve had a very, very intense month and a half getting the film ready to be screened.
DE: You two have been friends since you were 16 years old at Fargo South High School. Did you think you would ever come back here, especially to make a movie?
NR: I’ve been in New York since 2009 and Colin moved to New York in 2012. The second Colin moved here, we started writing together again. Our common fascination growing up was the world we were in and trying to understand the sociological landscape of our home. As we get further and further away from it, we have a stronger viewpoint of how we were shaped and affected by where we grew up. Even when we were 16, we were trying to parse these things out. Why did we behave the way we did and why did other people behave the way they did? We started writing this movie in 2013, so the plan has always been to go back and make this film the whole time. It just took us a long time because I had only been on one short film set as an actor.
CF: I hadn’t been on one at all.
DE: I didn’t know you had started writing this in 2013. Even though it wasn’t even a decade ago, we’ve progressed a long way since then in terms of gay rights and visibility.
CF: I was…