By Jerry Mooney

Grassroots Comedy

At zenruption, we love creative new ways to do things, especially when they challenge the antiquated and entrenched power structures that block the success of the little guy. This is exactly what we are seeing with the plucky endeavor of a small group of actors that are producing their own television series. They are creating first and asking for validation second.

Bypass The Man

In today’s distributed access to fame, normal channels to success are no longer needed. There was a time that you looked to be ‘discovered’ in order to be able to become famous. Now, you are in charge. You just need to create enough buzz to get people to watch. Ultimately the landscape of how we create art, media, literature and ultimate fame has completely changed. This phenomenon is represented in the grassroots creation of the entertaining TV series, Idaho Boys.



The show’s “webisodes”, seen on Facebook and Youtube, revolve around two brothers who are constantly battling to save their family farm. When all avenues seem futile, the brothers, played by real life brothers, Troy Ozeander (Cameron Crain) and Jerry (James Russell) are confronted with an entertaining idea to attract listeners to their hillbilly radio show. Having more listeners is believed by the Ozeander boys to be a method which will produce more ad revenue; money they need to rescue their farm. The plan becomes complicated by periodic attempts to be sensational and the hijinx among the disparate characters is reminiscent of a countrified version of Three’s Company. The antics are entertaining and the concept is solid, but the real story is how they have tapped into the modern ethos of distributed creation and marketing.


The show’s foundation is completely organic. It was conceived of and created by a small group of actors (not yet household names, but an accomplished group). Instead of going through conventional and traditional routes, like pitching an idea to a studio, creating a pilot and hoping for the show to be picked up, this group has self-funded, crowd-funded and created the show from the ground up.

Troy Ozeander

The group is lead by the two brothers who also star in the show, Cameron Crain and James Russell. Cameron was the longtime president of the Nevada Shakespeare Company, where he acted, directed and produced nearly 2 decades of perpetual stage events. He has also had appearances in the movie A Single Woman, where he had multiple roles. Currently, in addition to creating Idaho Boys, Cameron is developing his career as a standup comedian and playwright. He penned Nevada: It Ain’t Just Vegas Baby! Which toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.




Jerry Ozeander

James Russell attended Colorado Film School, where he received his Associate’s in Acting with a Certificate for Acting on the Screen. He has a list of credentials as long as his arm, including playing Aëtius Patrius Majorian in the film 476 A.D.Now he is turning a major focus to the project where he and his brother disrupt conventional media conventions both on and off the screen.

Together these brothers are carving out a path to produce their show, with or without the support of the establishment (although they encourage joint business ventures and sponsorship, particularly with Idaho and other relevantly branded companies). The premise and the entertainment value are worthy of mainstream success and we should all be rooting for them as examples of how we can all forge our own path to our dreams.

Originally published on disruptive website zenruption

Ignorance Confidence And Plenty Of Beer

Ignorance Confidence And Plenty Of Beer

By Cameron Crain

In 2009, at the urging of my school’s Headmaster, the late, great Bill Heim, I applied for entry into graduate school for Southern Oregon University’s Master in Theatre Studies in Production Design. It was a nerve-wracking time. I was teaching theatre full-time, directing a season of programming, running a Shakespeare company, and oh, helping my wife raise our twin daughters, who were two. The timing of taking on an advanced degree was less than ideal. And yet, I needed the professional development to advance my career. So it was a necessary madness.

I arrived in Ashland in July, and that’s when I met Shane Brown. The quiet, gentle-seeming, yet comically intense, sage from Idaho. My home state! What? Who was this guy who quoted Jung, jammed to Metallica and was from Jerome, ID? Becoming friends with Shane brought back the best of Idaho to me: a hard work ethic, a wicked sense of humor and connection to community. We shared almost as many stories as we did beer along with our good buddy Wayd–an Oregon boy, whom we adopted as a fellow “Idaho Boy.” Least we could do. Bein’s how we were in Ashland and all and Wayd was from Grant’s Pass.

Well, it was late one night walking back to the dorms after seeing a Post Modern adaptation of All’s Well That Ends Well when Shane first did the voice. And when I say voice, I mean, he unleashed the sting of a raspy, belligerent know-it-all. Think a redneck Muppet. On steroids. That’s the voice. Armed with ignorance and confidence, it captures the renegade sensibility of the West. And we were off imagining what the crispy critters from our Idaho childhoods would think about the very serious, very expensive theatre productions we were witnessing, courtesy of Oregon Shakespeare Festival. And that’s when the germ of Idaho Boys was planted!

-Cameron Crain, 8/13/2015

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Director Yvette Fintland Discusses Idaho Boys in Best Way to Health Magazine

Director Yvette Fintland Discusses Idaho Boys in Best Way to Health Magazine

By Yvette Fintland

Yvette Fintland is proud to introduce an amazing young lady and loving soul.  She has inspired and supported many individuals to become and overcome many strongholds in the industry of modeling, acting and overall leadership.

Yvette Fintland was born in Long Island, NY. and spent most of her years growing up in Florida.  As a fit minded individual she attended schools for Track and Cross Country.  Yvette is a sports fanatic and aside from running she also enjoys swimming, diving, biking, windsurfing, snowboarding, paddle boarding and many other sports.  As an active youth and inspiring role model she continued her quest thru college.

After college Yvette began her search in the film industry and decided to join a couple of Talent Agencies. Shortly after joining Yvette was busy booking modeling jobs and representing private labels, swimwear, games, cars and hosting for many companies. Her quick adaptation and shining personality has lead her into the right circles.  Meeting those affluent in the film and television industries.

Shortly thereafter, she then was invited to try out for pageants and modeling competitions.  Yvette has been featured in International  and National videos, TV commercials, Music Videos, Short Films and Feature Films.


Yvette Fintland Careers

As Modern Miss USA, Latin Miss Orlando, Miss Venus and Miss Hawaiian Tropic

Yvette started to land print work and winning many model competitions, doors in front of her opened up to new venues and she ventured off into the acting side of the Industry.  Though never straying far behind her athletic abilities and fitness regimens.

Yvette then won speaking roles for feature films through some of her first modeling competitions and shortly after fulfilling her first movie role as a Sorority Sister for the movie “Wildest Dreams” Starring Christina Swanson who is  known for her role in “Flower’s in the Attic”, Yvette decided to shift focus from her modeling to acting.

Getting involved in as many projects as possible and not just as an actress, she also learned the “crew” positions that ventured her off towards directing, producing, camera operations and editing.

Yvette is now a well rounded talent with hands on experience on both sides of the Industry.  Yvette has over 30 years of experience in the Industry of modeling and acting and loves sharing her knowledge with aspiring talents in front and behind the cameras.

Yvette Fintland Hawaiian Tropic

Aside from enjoying the industry  Yvette is also a compassionate person that likes to give back to the community.  Volunteering in special cancer events, helping feed the hungry and donating to many organizations of important causes is what really had us lend an interest to her amazing attributes.

Yvette Fintland  is currently working on several projects including an amazing and upcoming TV Show she is directing called The Idaho Boys, where two politically diverse brothers produce a controversial talk radio show in a clumsy attempt to save the family farm.

Idaho Boys: Where the good ol’ boys ain’t so good.

If Television shows, Feature films, Commercials, Voice Over, editing films, or writing for film and international commercials isn’t enough to deal with, along with her years of experience in the entertainment industry, Yvette is always ready for the next project. Actively working as a Director, Producer, Actress and writing short films, she is also currently working on several projects from acting to behind the scenes.

We asked her how she manages to juggle so many talents and interests in both acting and directing and what is her secret to her success, she stated “I am enthusiastic, energetic and love being a part of the Industry. As the saying goes, The show must go on and I want to be a part of it, not only in creation, but fulfilling and communicating the exact feel and message that my acting and directing abilities have to their fullest potential. I guess you can call it a passion of mine.”

It’s very obvious that she has many talents, we also asked her to give us an example of what it’s like in the day to day of Yvette Fintland and she stated, “I have experience in short films, feature films, music videos, theater, directing and hosting live events.  My experience as a spokesperson for commercials, TV shows, behind the scenes and as an extra keep me on my toes 24/7 going from one event to the next, attending meetings with coordinators, staff and others, my most challenging task is scheduling it all from when my eyes awaken till they are ready for rest.”

When we asked her if she has any “Hidden” talents she told us, “I am extremely passionate, the extensive and successful experience as a model for commercial print, catalogs, magazines, runway, spokesmodel and instructor has allowed me to actively express my true nature and the Love I have for all life.”

Yvette Fintland Idaho Boys

With Yvette Fintland, what you see is what you get.

Through her use of captivating editorials and self written content, stunning photography, riveting videos, and being published across various mediums including, social-media, mobile, email, print, and website, Yvette Fintland displays the qualities of leadership with the latest fitness and fashion forward trends all coupled together with her knowledge of health advances.  Her beauty, spiritual growth, personal development, and with various other tools, she inspires both men and women to become their best both physically and mentally.

Yvette actively seeks to empower those around her by providing them a voice,  if it’s not two-way it should not be had, and she believes that to the core. She seeks to encourage and empower everyone to share their story and experiences, so we can all learn and grow.

Photo Credits: Brian Fox, Scott Chandler, Joel Wortman and Marc Young

Yvette Fintland is an inspiration for us here at and we can never be more honored to be connected with her and you should too!