Kjell Kvanbeck was born in Washburn, Wisconsin on the south shore of Lake Superior. From an early age Kvanbeck was intrigued by cinema and the opportunities it presented for as a creative outlet. Music and film went hand in hand for Kvanbeck who toured for the better part of five years. Eventually the internal battle between the road and film was won by film and Kvanbeck settled in Chicago and eventually Minneapolis to focus his full attention on pursuing his true passion for film. Kvanbeck’s first short as a writer/director Golden picked up several festival selections, BendFilm, Dances with Films, and several others as well as taking home the award for best MN-Made film from the 2013 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. The film would also later be requested for inclusion in the See 18 installment at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport co-curated by the Film Society of Minneapolis. Kvanbeck aims his lens toward the intricacies of human relationships and the harsh realities of human nature.
Per Kvanbeck graduated from Augsburg College in Minneapolis with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in 2011. During his years in college, he participated in the creation of several films, designed and dreamed. After a stint in a nine to five job, he decided to follow his passion and returned to school to pursue a graduate degree in design. Shortly thereafter, he received an offer to sign on as an intern with the team of Morningstar Interactive, a rising app development business with offices in Kelowna and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. After a three month trial period, the company offered him a full time position. For the next two years, Per lived and worked in Vancouver, honing his skills in Web, Graphic and Layout design. While at Morningstar, he served as Creative Producer for the indie game company and participated in the design of several apps. He also began to explore designing his own app and, in the Spring of 2016, he and a friend designed and released the app “Balance” under their own names. This endeavor drove Per’s desire to branch off from Morningstar and try to make a name for himself. He joined the True Norse Films team full time and now participates in film and photo endeavours as well as directing and producing websites and graphics for clients worldwide.