Coen Brothers Come Home to Shoot “A Serious Man”

According to numerous press accounts, Minnesota natives Joel and Ethan Coen will return home this winter/spring to shoot “A Serious Man.” Described as a dark comedy, the production will be set in the brothers home town, St. Louis Park. The project is slated to shoot from March to June. Focus Features is the distributor and release is planned for spring 2009

Officials at the Minnesota Film and TV Board credit the Snowbate program, Minnesota’s film incentive, as a key element attracting the production. They estimate that as many as 100 Minnesotans will work on the film.

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11 Responses to Coen Brothers Come Home to Shoot “A Serious Man”

  1. ACTRESS NATALIE DENISE SPERL IS A NATIVE FROM NEW ULM, MINN AND WANTS A PART IN THE UPCOMING COEN BROTHERS MOVIE. SHE IS GREAT!
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  3. Pamela Jameson says:

    I am a former actress, current published writer and linguist. I speak some Yiddish, Spanish, French and a little Japanese and Greek. I played the lead in an independent feature film, Frame of Mind, in 1986, shot in Madison, Wisconsin and distributed at art film locations and a few places in Europe. I met Isaac Bashevis Singer, briefly, when I lived in New Yoprk City in the seventies. I would love to audition for Dora in your film.

  4. Pamela Jameson says:

    P.S. I also dated Woody Allen and have a severe sense of humor.

  5. Pamela Jameson says:

    P.P.S. I’m married to a Jew, too. Rabbis in the family, as well as a federal judge.

  6. Mary Iverson says:

    I’d love a shot for a part in your new movie. I LIVE in Saint Louis Park-and I think you two are great!!! Glad to have you back home!!!!

  7. Pamela Jameson says:

    OK, a cantor and two judges, one state and one federal. And the man who invented hairspray.

  8. Duluth says:

    http://film.guardian.co.uk/features/featurepages/0,,2240110,00.html

    Raised in the Midwest town of Minneapolis, they gained outsider status early by virtue of their Jewishness. Going to Zionist summer camps, they stood out amid the provincial conformity. McDormand has said that it made her husband and Ethan feel like weirdos. And like another Jew from the Midwest, Steven Spielberg, they spent a lot of time indoors watching films on television.

    The results, though, could not be more different, not least in their contrasting visions of the American melting pot. ‘You’ve got two problems of Hollywood treatment of ethnicity,’ Joel has observed. ‘They’re either reverential or they can’t deal with it at all.’ The Coens seem mischievously attracted to stereotypes, and the polar caricatures of the Jew as idealistic intellectual and cunning parasite have featured in Barton Fink and Miller’s Crossing, each time played by John Turturro, a Roman Catholic. If you can attribute a moral interest to the Coens, it would be in the myths society produces, rather than society itself.

    The Coen brothers, born and bred in Minnesota attended a Zionist summer camp in Wisconsin. I think their portrayal of (dimwitted) gentiles in their films comes from this type of separatist indoctrination. Interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air, while discussing his film “Fargo” Ethan stated that he thought the character Marge, viewed by host Terry Gross as having a big heart and likable, was “the bad guy” and “not given to introspection.” Coen most identified with Steve Buscemi’s character Carl, a murderer, because he was “alien” and “an outsider.” Coen didn’t identify with Carl’s sidekick Gaear either, because Gaear “was Swedish and in a sense connected to the region.”

  9. Matt says:

    Apparently several scenes are being filmed at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

  10. Susan says:

    I am nobody and think it would be fun!

  11. mark weiss says:

    i can attest for that pamela jameson. she truly has been everybody’s friend. her spelling is far better than that which you find above. i’m sure her special talents would only add to your entertainment, etc. etc. she’s a good girl.

    … and if she says hairspray then hairspray it is! yessir!!

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