Article on Economic Impact of Minnesota Film Production

December 21, 2006

Older Than America, the independent feature that was shot in and near Cloquet, Minnesota, wrapped last week. The Duluth News Tribune followed up with a story on the production’s economic impact on the region.

Read it at:


Another Nomination for “A Prairie Home Companion”

December 21, 2006

The Chicago Film Critics Association has nominated Minnesota-made A Prairie Home Companion in their best adapted screenplay catagory. Garrison Kellor’s script is up against The Departed, Little Children, Notes On A Scandal and Thank You for Not Smoking.

The complete list of nominees is available at:

“Older Than America” Wraps

December 13, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio did an extensive report on “Older Than America,” tonight. The feature by MPR’s Bob Kelleher provides extensive background on the films theme. The web version is accompanied by a slide show featuring production shots, portraits of crew members and historical images. Read it at:

The indie production wrapped today.

Duluth Short Shorts Film Festival

December 12, 2006

The second annual Duluth Short Shorts Film Festival will take place on February 24, 2007. The competition is open to films five minutes long or shorter.

Entries must be received by Friday, January 26, along with a $15 entry fee. First, second and third place films win cash prizes.

Films screen at the Play Ground performance space, located a 11 East Superior Street in Downtown Duluth, Minnesota.

Rules and other details are posted at:

A Day on Location

December 6, 2006

On Sunday, December 3, I spent another day on the “Older than America” set, as one of about 160 background actors. The day started with temperatures around 7 degrees (F), cold even by Minnesota standards, and there was a brisk wind adding to the chill. The extras arrived on set around 9:30 a.m., after waiting patiently in a gymnasium and then on buses. They finished shooting the scene around 2 p.m. Towards the end, the extras would groan whenever the Assistant Director, Rowdy, announced another take or set up.

The scene included many of the film’s featured players, including Adam Beach, Tantoo Cardinal, and Georgina Lightning.

I was able to get a few photos.

Extras huddle around a fire barrel for warmth between takes.

A camera operator hovers above the scene getting a high angle crane shot.

Adam Beach
entertained the crew members and extras between takes, joking about the weather. His costume didn’t include gloves or a hat. He was clearly under dressed for the conditions, but he toughed it out.
The director/lead actress, Georgina Lightning, congratulated the extras on a job well done as the scene wrapped.

The shoot is scheduled to wrap next week.

“Factotum” DVD Release Scheduled for December 26

December 1, 2006

If you haven’t had a chance to see “Factotum,” don’t worry. It will be widely available soon. The Minnesota-produced indie feature will be released on DVD on Tuesday, December 26. Shot in Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, it stars Matt Dillon, Lili Tayor and Marisa Tomei and features the work of many talented local filmmakers.

The film had a limited theatrical release, just 55 theaters at its peak, according to With so many locals involved in the production, regional DVD sales should be strong.