Rural Rock & Roll

Jensen Rufe has been making documentaries for more than a decade.

You can check out all of Jensen's videos on the Renderville YouTube channel! Here are a few excerpts:

Click here to see "Rural Rock & Roll" in its entirety (including outtakes!)

"Steve and Jensen's Universe" is a three-part/half-hour non-fiction television variety show pilot about 1) deep-friend Indiana pork tenderloin sandwiches, 2) the odd Northern California town of Orick, and 3) the late 1960s rumor that Paul McCartney had died in a car crash:

"The Fuse" is a self-made 24-minute punk rock documentary about the crazy southeast Los Angeles-based band of Latino mod-rockers, The Fuse. Rufe approached the band as a complete stranger and was granted access to a turbulent time in the short life of one of the most important bands in LA's indie rock scene in the early 2000s:

"Orick, CA, U.S.A." is a feature-length documentary that focuses on an eccentric small town in Northern California as it battles to stay alive against their enemy, Redwood National Park ("Big Park," as the locals call it.) Orick, now a town of 300 (once a town of 3000 in the 1950s), looks at RNP as having rapidly seized control of the land that was once theirs. "Orick" is a sad movie - a rarity for Rufe:

"The Ugliest Fountain in the World (Without a Doubt)" is a 12-minute black and white 16mm film about Rufe's quest to learn the history behind the 35 year-old eye sore on the center of the Humboldt State University art quad. This was 1 of 2 thesis projects for Rufe:

"In Search of the Famous Hoosier Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich" isn't as much a celebration of this odd local high-calorie delicacy as it is of the proud purveyors who serve them. Through interviews with tavern owners, cooks and waitresses, we gain a glimpse, via its food, into what life in Indiana is all about. This was the second of two thesis projects for Rufe:.

"Squatch Huntin' with Bobo" is an 8-minute treatment I edited for Bobo. He is an ardent believer in Bigfoot and wants to do a television program that would essentially seek to prove Bigfoot's existence:

"Bobby Lee's Reel" is a little compilation reel I put together for my high school friend Bob: