Success in the late 90's with a national award-winning short film, put Gerald on the path to a career in filmmaking. The judges were impressed with his creative and innovative use of editing, sound design and visual effects, as well as his “true understanding of action sequences.” All of these talents and more would be called-on in the future for an artistic endeavor far greater in ambition, purpose and importance.
Since conceiving, writing and developing an epic feature on the life and legacy of Saint Nicholas of Myra, Hartke has shouldered the many responsibilities inherent in creating an independent film of this scope. His authorship of the screenplay and directorial duties are most obvious among his credits. However, ably assisted by a cast and crew fully committed to the project, “Jerry” has been directly involved in nearly all phases of the project, creative and technical, as well as the business aspects of the filmmaking process.
From his inspiring presentations given to prospective investors, to the ever-changing realities of producing and financing a feature film, Hartke maintains his passion and enjoyment. With love for his craft, his behind-the-scenes contributions are visible via the impact they have on screen. The film born of all these efforts will seek to reveal the heart of Saint Nicholas and, in so doing, will also surely reflect the heart of Gerald Hartke.