A Film by Mina Kim Fitzpatrick


Dan Dailey lives in the middle of the Texas desert, one of the least populated, and darkest places in the U.S. Dan chose this place for a reason; in 2009 he started a retreat for juvenile parricides, or kids who have killed their parents. WANDERVOGEL begins when two documentary filmmakers arrive at Dan Dailey’s residence to make a film and find him dead. From there, the story unfolds as the filmmakers are thrust into a search for Dan’s cause of death, and next of kin. They find out about Dan’s unnatural obsession with Nazi youth, his recent altercation with a young man, and his status as a “weirdo” in the town. WANDERVOGEL is both a look outward into Dan’s life and legacy, and inward towards the process of documentation.


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    Mina Kim Fitzpatrick

    Mina Fitzpatrick is a documentary filmmaker based in Chicago, IL. She is a recent graduate of Northwestern University’s MFA in Documentary Media program, where she was a Hoffman Scholarship recipient. As a student she produced two short films, her first film RUN OF PRESS was selected as a finalist for the American Society of Cinematographers Haskell Wexler Award. Her thesis film WANDERVOGEL premiered at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. She was also a runner-up for the Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists. In addition to her directing work, Mina has worked as an editor and assistant editor for Chicago filmmaker, Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Abacus). She received her BA in Political Science and Global Health from Rice University and worked in South Korea as a Fulbright Scholar from 2013 - 2015.

Awards + Festivals

  • 3rd CIUDAD DEL ESTE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay)September 19, 2018
  • SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, World Premiere, San Sebastian, Spain)September 29, 2017
  • 3rd CUZCO UNDERGROUND CINEMA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cuzco, Peru)October 3, 2018
  • CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, US Premiere, Chicago, USA)October 14, 2017
  • 4th SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARDS SJIFA (Official Selection, San José, San José, Costa Rica)October 24, 2018
  • 9th WINCHESTER FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Winchester, UK)November 3, 2018
  • 2nd BLUE DANUBE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Vienna, Austria)November 24, 2018
  • 3rd IBIZACINEFEST (Official Selection, Ibiza, Spain)January 27, 2019
  • 3rd MALATESTA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cesena, Italy)March 25, 2019
  • 12th SALEM FILM FEST 2019 (Official Selection, Salem, Massachusetts, USA)March 29, 2019
  • 10th SKEPTO - INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cagliari, Italy)April 3, 2019
  • 5th INTERNATIONAL MOTION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nicosia, Cyprus)May 6, 2019


Mina Kim Fitzpatrick
Mina Kim Fitzpatrick
Director of Photography
Mina Kim Fitzpatrick, Timothy Fryett, Tom Krawczyk
Mina Kim Fitzpatrick, Timothy Fryett, Tom Krawczyk
Mina Kim Fitzpatrick
Sound Design
Chad Wallin


Running Time
19:30 min
Shooting Format
HDV and 16mm
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio



Markus Kaatsch
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Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

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Northwestern University
MFA in Documentary Media


Mina Kim Fitzpatrick