Who We Are
Lost Forty Studios benefits from an incredible range of experience among its founders, and a love of making films in, for, and about Minnesota. By connecting capital and networks from the greater film industry with local producing know-how, infrastructure, and financial incentives from Minnesota, Lost Forty aims to create a film production community that can compete with production powerhouses like L.A. or Atlanta, right here in the land of 10,000 Lakes.
Karl Gajdusek - Co-founder, President
Karl Gajdusek is a writer, showrunner, and executive producer. Feature films include The King's Man at Fox/Disney with Matthew Vaughn directing Ralph Fiennes in the third film in the Kingsman franchise. The gun-violence story His Only Living Boy for Amazon Studios for Ben Affleck. Courage with Charlize Theron at Netflix. The Tom Cruise film Oblivion, the Pierce Brosnan thriller The November Man, Nicole Kidman and Nicholas Cage in Trespass, and an adaption of the sci-fi novel Salvation Day for E1 Entertainment. Television work includes Showrunner/EP Season 1 of Stranger Things at Netflix, Creator and Showrunner of ABC’s Last Resort with Shawn Ryan (The Shield, Timeless, SWAT), and Riverview with Daren Aronofsky at HBO. Most recently Karl is creating Flickermen for Peacock/USA and an adaptation of the novel Age of Light about the artist Lee Miller, as well as an adaptation of Lexicon by Max Barry, also for Matthew Vaughan. Previous credits include Story Editor for the Showtime series Dead Like Me, and Blood Brother at Lionsgate. Before establishing himself in TV and film, Karl was a playwright whose plays have been produced in New York and across the country. A Northern California native, Karl now resides in Minneapolis with his wife and two sons.
Megan Huber - Co-Founder
A native Northerner from Bemidji, Minnesota, Megan Huber is a commercial and film producer. She produced Four Boxes, a social thriller starring Justin Kirk (Angels in America, Weeds), Terryn Westbrook, and Sam Rosen. Four Boxes premiered at SXSW and played at many festivals, including the Seattle International Film Festival. She line produced Song of Back and Neck, written and directed by Paul Lieberstein, which starred Lieberstein along with Rosemarie DeWitt and Brian d'Arcy James. Song of Back and Neck premiered in competition at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and was distributed by The Orchard. Most recently she produced the thriller 3 Day Weekend currently airing on Showtime, and the comedy Hollywood Fringe. She has produced multi-million dollar ad campaigns for brands such as Target, Hilton, The Gap, and Estée Lauder. Megan now lives in Minneapolis with her husband Wyatt.
Matt Roy - Co-Founder
A native of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Matt is a northern Minnesota based producer, actor, director. Projects include I Am Not a Serial Killer, Wilson, In An Instant, Mogadishu, Minnesota, and Bough Brothers. As a producer, Nina Of The Woods, A Badlands Girl, Sanctified, and Terms and Conditions. Dedicated to the development of the film ecosystem in Northern Minnesota, Matt has been a driving force. As a co-founder of Lost Forty Studios, he actively spearheads the creation and ongoing development of hands-on crew education. Matt collaborates closely with the Upper Midwest Film Office and the IRRRB (Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board) to ensure the growth and sustainability of the film industry in the region. Matt now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his son and daughter.
Nick Swedlund - Co-Founder
A native of Plymouth, Minnesota, Nickolaus is a writer, director, and producer. Feature film projects include All The Time In The World (2015), Bough Brothers (2022), and the North Dakota Western Sanctified (2022). After a decade of life in Los Angeles, Nickolaus returned home to Minneapolis, where he worked in the commercial and short film market as well as teaching film production courses at various local universities. As co-founder of Lost Forty Studios, his leadership has been instrumental in the establishment and continuous evolution of hands-on crew education. Nickolaus works in close partnership with the Upper Midwest Film Office and the IRRRB (Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board), contributing significantly to the development and enhancement of the local film industry. Nick now lives in Minneapolis with his children.
Wyatt McDill - Co-Founder
Wyatt McDill is a Minneapolis and Los Angeles based writer, director and producer. He wrote and directed Four Boxes, starring Justin Kirk (Weeds), which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and sold to E1 Entertainment. His dialogue-less thriller 3 Day Weekend with Morgan Krantz (In the Dark), premiered at Cinequest, was acquired by Showtime and is airing through 2022. Hollywood Fringe, his third feature, premiered at DWFLA, has won multiple Audience Awards and was released by Comedy Dynamics in January, 2022. He has optioned a romance script - Snowbird - to River Road Entertainment and is currently in development on two more features. For TV he directed a year (19 episodes) of an educational program called Studio Luma, was the head writer for one season of FilmFinds, and recently produced a pilot for Food Network’s Amy Thielen, called Back to the Land. His short films have won numerous grants, awards and honors including the world premiere of Shortwave, at the Slamdance Film Festival. Wyatt now lives in Minneapolis with his wife Megan.