Troy and Frances Perkins, "Tractor for Sale," "Brothers," and "Test Day"

Troy and Frances Perkins, "Tractor for Sale," "Brothers," and "Test Day"

Premiere date: Jan 13, 2009


In the film, three brothers face the difficult decision of whether or not to sell their farm — and thereby sacrifice generations of family history — for a considerable payout or to continue struggling for survival in the face of modern-day development. To make matters more complicated, each brother has his own set of problems to overcome. Ultimately, the brothers must come together to decide if they want to preserve the past or look to the future.

"Tractor For Sale"

A laid-back, honky-tonk tale of love, loss, and a tractor. Set in the Fox Valley region, a farmer tries frantically to sell a tractor to fund a last-minute anniversary gift.

"Test Day"

A comedic short that showcases what happens when a major slacker shows up completely unprepared for a major exam.

With the help of a grant, a group of UW-Fond du Lac and UW-Oshkosh students with a wide variety of majors and no film background worked with Director France Perkins and Producer Troy Perkins on the film.


Troy Perkins | Director/Writer/Producer

Troy currently teaches film and television production at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Upon receiving his M.F.A. in Film Production from the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Troy worked for several years in New York City on independent features, music videos, television, and corporate video. He served as writer/director/editor at Mindpool Productions, creating commercials, corporate videos, and video and animation design for concert tours (including Tina Turner, Janet Jackson, Barenaked Ladies, and the Beastie Boys). While teaching, Troy continues to develop short and feature screenplays and productions. Troy’s last film, "Tractor For Sale" (2006), was showcased at many national and regional festivals, winning a Gold Remi from Worldfest Houston, a Merit Award from Wildwood Film Fest and two audience awards.  His current film, "Brothers" (2008), is in the festival circuit and has already won another Gold Remi, is a Faculty Juried Screening Finalist at the 2008 UFVA Conference, and has been an Official Selection at the Wisconsin Film Festival, Worldfest Houston, Fallbrook Film Fest (CA), and the 2008 Minneapolis/St. Paul Int'l Film Festival. Troy is currently working on the next draft of his low budget Midwestern feature screenplay, "Solomon’s Train."


Frances Perkins | Director/Writer/Producer

Frances is a native of Southern California. She received her B.A. in Film Studies and Cultural Anthropology at the University of California-Santa Barbara. She received her M.F.A. in Film Production from New York University, where she also met her future husband and collaborator, Troy Perkins. She currently teaches as an Assistant Professor in Communication & Theatre Arts at UW Fond du Lac, and teaches online Humanities courses for UW Oshkosh. As a freelancer, she has produced commercials, on-air promos and animated videos in New York and she served as a founding partner of Mindpool Productions in Milwaukee, and as a freelance writer/producer for WISN-TV, the Hearst-Argyle ABC affiliate station in Milwaukee.  Her short film "Summertime’s Calling Me" won a Warner Bros. Production Fund Award, a CINE Eagle, and a Bronze Award at Worldfest Houston for Children and Family Films; it has also aired on Northwestern Airlines, Korean Air and Singapore Airlines flights. Frances is currently about to go into production on her next film, "Test Day," slated for release in late 2008/early 2009.

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