Meet the Back Lot 605 Team

Brian Mensing

Co-Founder | Podcast Host| Writer

Brian is one of the co-founders of Back Lot 605. Movies have always been a passion of his. Some of his closest friends call him a walking movie database. He grew up watching classics like Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, and Star Wars. He has a soft spot for good classics like The Sting, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Sound of Music, & The Wizard of Oz. Brian enjoys a good comic book movie any day and loves The Marvel Cinematic Universe. He has a nerd crush on Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino, & Robert Rodriguez. He has two handsome twin sons he is trying to mold into future nerds.

Casey Kelderman

Co-Founder | Podcast Host| Writer

Casey Kelderman found a love for film at a very early age. One of his earliest memories of watching movies was the original Star Wars trilogy on VHS. Casey graduated from The University of Sioux Falls in 2017. At USF Casey produced weekly movie reviews and hosted a radio show. He graduated with a degree in Media Studies. Skills he learned in college have allowed him to help create Back Lot 605. He has produced and directed 4 short films. His favorite films include Halloween, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Die Hard.

Blake Ginithan

Podcast Host| Writer

Blake Ginithan found his passion for film at an early age when father and son time was spent in front of the TV watching old Horror movies like Creature From the Black Lagoon and Them! Sprinkled in between were films starring Clint Eastwood or Charles Bronson. He currently resides in downtown Sioux Falls with his wife and young daughter. He graduated from Southeast Technical Institute with a degree in Network Administration. Amongst his favorite films are Children of Men, L.A. Story and Blow Out. 

Derrick Veurink


Derrick Veurink has been consuming anything and everything movie-related since he was 5, and is an encyclopedic fount of random movie information. He is an avid physical media supporter, and sees nearly every major theatrical release. (Yes, even “Playmobil: The Movie”)​


Sam Lenz

Podcast Host | Writer

Sam Lenz grew up in the ‘90s, but was mentally a decade behind all of his friends, and considers himself an ‘80s kid. Raised on a healthy diet of decade-old VHS tapes and Goosebumps books, Sam fell in love with all things horror at a young age. He now resides with his partner, Maria, and his two cats, Rascal and Gypsy. Some of his favorite movies are Halloween ‘78, The Lost Boys, and Back to the Future. 

Andy Erickson


Andy is a contributing writer on the Back Lot 605 team. Movies have always been a big part of his life but his biggest influence in his joy of movies comes from growing up around his step brother, who worked at a video store and wanted to be a director. This led to seeing a lot of dramas and John Wayne movies as a kid. Since then some of his favorite movies include Whiplash, Interstellar, Lord of the Rings, and Gladiator. There isn’t a single genre Andy doesn’t like, but he has a soft spot for Disney, romantic comedies, westerns, and dramas.


Ethan Wheeler


Ethan studied Film and Media at Arizona State University and currently resides in Lincoln, NE. They have been a film critic for the past two years and seeks to bring a unique voice to cinema that attempts to educate film audiences in the filmmaking process. Their ultimate goal is to provide the Midwest community resources about film and filmmaking to spur the industry’ s growth in the area.​​


Jameson Pfeifle


Raised on grocery store and gas station VHS rentals in small town SD I figured it was either become a writer or join the circus. On a side note I got rejected from Clown College. I live by the golden rule: Be Kind Rewind.​​



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