Life is about connections. We all look for people, places, and events that we can connect to and with. The I Love Madison Show is all about helping people make connections so they can pursue their dreams and adventures. We love to showcase people, places, and events that make Madison such a great place to live.
We started the journey by launching our Instagram account in preparation for the launch of the show. We felt this was the best place to connect with the many talented people who call Madison home and we couldn’t have more right. The people we have met, in just a few months, has far exceeded what we expected to find. Madison is filled with so much talent that we want to help you connect with.
Here are just a couple of the amazing young talents that call this great city home. Michael Vanderfin made the trek to Madison from Marinette, a small town in northeastern Wisconsin. Vanderfin develops video games with a partner that lives in Sweden. That situation let him make Madison his home when his girlfriend moved here to attend the University of WIsconsin-Madison. Michael says that developing video games is a blast, but his dream is to go to film school.
Vanderfin’s romance with film began about eight years ago when he started experimenting with an inexpensive point-and-shoot camera and some willing friends. Moving to a new location and establishing new connections, friendships, and exploring a new space infused Michael with an exciting shot of creativity. That’s where a chance meeting with Michael Bliss opened some exciting avenues for the two young men to collaborate and make some magic.
Michael Bliss grew up on Madison’s west side where he developed a passion for the game of soccer. As he developed his skills and grew his love of the game he discovered Freestyle Football. Freestyle Soccer, as it’s known in the United States, is the synthesis of soccer and artistic self expression. The sport, while not technically soccer, has exploded in popularity worldwide in the 21st century and has it’s own governing body, the Freestyle Football Federation. Competitions consist of contestants performing tricks with the soccer ball using all parts of the body, except for the hands and arms. In a recent competition in New York, Michael competed in the final field of sixteen placing him in the top sixteen players nationally. Bliss continues to develop his skills and challenge his creative spirit. He dreams of a national championship win and if you have the chance to meet him, you will feel the passion that drives him. He also shares Vanderfin’s love and passion for film and photography.
So what do you get when you combined the talents of these two? An exciting video like this!
Be sure to follow both. Give them a lot of “I Love Madison” love and send words of encouragement as they continue to chase their dreams in Madison!