Two University of Minnesota Duluth students created a documentary film last spring on Christopher John Bjerkness, the man convicted of slashing dozens of exercise balls at UMD and other fitness and physical therapy centers in Duluth, most recently in May.
The documentary, co-produced by Eric Meyer and Johnny Watkins for a UMD filmmaking class, includes a re-created dramatization of Bjerkness' actions - it's an actor portraying Bjerkness and reading his statement to police, not Bjerkness himself - as well as interviews with UMD students and staff at the UMD Sports and Health Center. The filmmakers also interviewed UMD police officer Michael Brostrom, and culled information from police and media reports.
Meyer said he talked with Bjerkness while he was in custody, but was not allowed to record those conversations. Meyer said he wants to re-interview Bjerkness at a later date for the documentary.
The first part of the film documents Bjerkness' crimes in, the filmmakers say, a highly sensationalized version of the events.
Watch the documentary: The Ball Slasher from Eric Meyer on Vimeo.