AboutHurrdat Films – Telling The Untold Stories
We’re a production company based in Omaha, NE, with strong roots in the world of sports and a focus on producing documentary film and entertainment content.
Hurrdat Films looks to tell the untold stories of the world and present them to audiences in meaningful and accessible ways. We strive to make films that cut through the clutter. Our lens is always informed by the authenticity and work ethic of our Midwest upbringing.
Hurrdat Films launched in 2015 when producer and entrepreneur Bill Hipsher crossed paths with veteran action-sports filmmaker Dan Napoli.
Hurrdat Films is a sub-division of Hurrdat, a leading media, marketing, and entertainment company.
PRESIDENT OF HURRDAT FILMS
Bill Hipsher is a successful entrepreneur and highly-respected digital marketing executive. Bill started one of the Midwest’s first web design companies while still in college in the mid-90s. After balancing a successful commercial real estate development career in his hometown of Omaha, NE, alongside his online ventures, Bill knew he had to choose one or the other.
In the late 2000s, Bill turned his full attention to the ever-changing digital advertising and marketing space with a desire to use his passion for storytelling as a way of helping clients differentiate themselves in a cluttered and sometimes unorganized online world. He formed B2 Interactive with partner Brandon Taylor and began managing large digital marketing initiatives for Fortune 500 clients. Eventually, Bill oversaw acquisitions of a social media agency and a video production company, giving his agency the full gambit of online marketing offerings.
Adding video production services first and foremost gave Bill a way to serve agency clients in ways other marketers could not, using high production value films meant to tell his client’s stories in meaningful, authentic ways that connected with consumers. Along the way, the video production arm of the agency reignited something in Bill—a love for films and telling stories, a vintage product of his growing up on classic ’80s Spielberg movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark and his coming of age during the time of Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.
In 2016, Bill launched Hurrdat Films. Shortly after their first release, Bill realized he now had the opportunity to tell a story deeply personal to his experience growing up in Omaha—the story of the Omaha Storm Chasers (formerly the Omaha Royals) and Minor League Baseball from the franchise and fan perspective. Two years later, the 50 Summers documentary would be born.
Bill currently oversees the distribution and development of new properties for Hurrdat Films. In addition to his work with Hurrdat Films, Bill is the founder and managing partner of a digital marketing agency with offices in Omaha and Lincoln, NE, as well as Salt Lake City, UT.
SVP – HURRDAT FILMS + ENTERTAINMENT
Chris Gorman grew up in North Platte—or what he calls the “west coast of Nebraska.” He studied Organizational Communication with an emphasis in Marketing at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, graduating in 2005.
Before joining Hurrdat, Chris was a Tour Manager for three bands on a nationwide tour and later worked for a student loan company. Federal regulations eventually led to his department with the student loan company being eliminated, so Chris took that as a sign that a career change was needed. He’d heard great things about Hurrdat, and a good friend introduced him to one of Hurrdat’s founders, Blake Lawrence.
Chris started with the Hurrdat team in 2015 as an Account Executive, where he pitched digital marketing services to clients and managed client relationships. In his current role as Senior Vice President, Chris currently focuses on building out our podcasting network and services, sports properties like Hail Varsity, and entertainment projects like our Hurrdat Films documentaries.
While at Hurrdat, Chris has worked on several incredible projects and partnerships—including Maha Festival, PGA Korn Ferry Tour Pinnacle Bank Championship, Omaha Summer Arts Festival, and Omaha Storm Chasers—all of which he’s enjoyed for the unique opportunities they’ve provided.
“I get to do cool stuff with cool people every day,” Chris says. “Our connection with clients rarely feels like a client-vendor relationship. I truly feel like I’m part of whatever project we’re working on and want to deliver the best possible outcome.”
Chris has also been learning photography from the photographers who work on Hail Varsity’s print and web content, as well as video direction and editing from Hurrdat Films Director Dan Napoli.
DIRECTOR + PRODUCER
Dan Napoli is an award-winning director, producer, editor and writer.
He is a veteran documentary filmmaker, with almost two-dozen documentaries to his credit. His last two directorial projects for Hurrdat Films 50 Summers: A Minor League Baseball Documentary narrated by Rob Riggle, and Best Kids In Texas are currently available streaming in iTunes and streaming on Amazon Prime.
As a storyteller, Dan’s influences come from growing up quintessentially Gen X in 1980s and early 1990s – full of skateboarding videos, music, sports, and Spielberg films.
“Growing up in the era of the Bones Brigade and then seeing what Stacy Peralta progressed to with Dogtown & Z-Boys was so inspiring. Spielberg was just a great, classic storyteller without ever feeling pretentious. Kids were so often at the center of his films, making their own worlds and solving their own problems. Also, I’m from the era of music video elevating to an art form. Spike Jonez, Mark Romanick, David Fincher – so many of those guys went on to be feature directors but I found them when they were doing videos with the Beastie Boys performing their best ‘70s cop show inspiration.”
He has also produced and co-created several projects over the past two including The Artifact Film Series with Planet Eclipse, andThe Roster, a reality sports docu-series that aired on the Sky Sports Network in the UK.
His career in video production spans over 20 years, beginning as a music supervisor on the 1999 action – sports documentary, PUSH.
Dan has worked with numerous advertising agencies, digital marketing companies, and brands to develop promotional video content, as video has become a crucial part of the online experience.
He connected with Hurrdat Chairman & President Bill Hipsher as Bill was looking to launch a film & video production to augment his evolving media, marketing, and entertainment company Hurrdat.
Dan directed first Hurrdat Films release, FIFTEEN. The film was a success, gaining a quarter-million views online and earning recognition from the Los Angeles Sports Film Festival.
In role as the Head of Creative + Post-Production, he oversees the development of new entertainment projects, works with brands and agency projects with partners, produces shoots and oversees all editing and post-production projects Hurrdat Films is producing.
Dan also continues to Director a number of documentaries. He currently is directly three films slated for release in 2022 and 2023.
CINEMATOGRAPHER + COLORIST
After a decade behind the camera, James has become an accomplished and reliable cinematographer. He has over a half-dozen Director of Photography credits to his name.
Cinematically, James draws inspiration from Directors of Photography like Emmanuel Lubezki and his work on films like Children of Men and Birdman.
“Lubezki’s tendency for long takes, and using the camera as if it was a person moving through the scene, following the action has been a big influence, doing such much documentary work.”
James has worked for several Midwest-based production companies, executing on numerous pieces of agency work over as a shooter, editor, and colorist. He has been a frequent collaborator with Director Dan Napoli for over a decade.
James brings a distinctly Midwestern sensibility to his craft. Do the work. Make it good. Let it speaks for itself.