Cloquet Premiere Set for “Older than America”

March 27, 2008

After more than a year of waiting, residents of northern Minnesota will have an opportunity to see “Older Than America,” the independently-produced feature that was shot in and around Cloquet, Minnesota, and on the nearby Fond du Lac Reservation in late 2006. Three screening are planned on Thursday, April 3. Showings at 5 and 9 p.m. are open to the public and a 7 p.m. screening is reserved for invited guest, presumably locals who worked on the production.

Reservations are needed to attend one of the showings. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the Preniere Theaters at 218-879-8045.

The film has recently screened at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, and at the Women With Vision Film Festival at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

More details are available in a Cloquet Pine Journal article at


Must Reading for Minnesota’s Film Community

March 25, 2008

“Lights, camera…and rebates,”an article by Colin Covert in the Sunday, March 23, edition of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, focuses on film rebates and incentives, highlighting Minnesota’s current non-competitive status. The article should be must reading for filmmakers and others who would like to see the state rebound to its former status as a frequent location for major studio productions. The article makes a strong case for expansion of and funding for the Minnesota Snowbate program, currently under consideration at the State Legislature.

Read it at .

To learn more about the effort to lobby for improving the Snowbate program, visit

Shamrock Film Festivals Posts Call for Entries

March 24, 2008

The Rosemount Area Arts Council has posted a call for entries for the first annual Shamrock Film Festival. Rules, regulations and general information are available at The festival will feature short films, 12 minutes or less. Entry must be postmarked June 15 or earlier. Films will screen on July 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Rosemount Community Center Auditorium, 13885 S. Roberts Trail, Rosemount, MN 55068.

Contact for more information.

Clooney and Zellweger Visit Duluth

March 24, 2008

The Duluth News Tribune posted video of George Clooney and Renee Zellweger‘s “Leatherheads” promotional visit to Duluth, Minnesota, on Monday , March 24.

    The footage includes Mayor Don Ness declaring it “Leatherhead Day in Duluth.”

    Also visit Greeting the fans at the Newspaper’s site.

    Canada Plays the Part of Minnesota…AGAIN.

    March 21, 2008

    Chilled in Miami,” a romantic comedy about a Miami business woman who moves to a small Minnesota town, recently concluded photography in Winnipeg, Canada. Once again a Canadian city is cast as Minnesota. Renee Zelweger and Harry Connick Jr. star this time. Coming on the heals of “Juno” (filmed in British Columbia) and “Leatherheads” (shot in the Carolinas), “Chilled” begs the question “Why isn’t Minnesota competitive as a location for films set in Minnesota?”

    The exchange rate is currently at par. And Minnesota looks exactly like Minnesota. More like Minnesota than any other place, in fact.

    The problem is the huge incentives offered by Canadian provinces, often as much as 45% compared to Minnesota’s 15% Snowbate program. The Canadians continue to up the ante in order to hang onto the slice of the production pie they gained when the exchange rate was a key factor. Now they have skilled and experience crews, too.

    It will take more than the modest Snowbate incentives to earn back a significant share of northern tier film production. The legislature and other units of government should find creative new ways to encourage production and keep Minnesota film crews working and paying taxes.

    Older Than America Trailer Available on YouTube

    March 18, 2008

    A trailer for Minnesota-produced “Older than America” is now available on YouTube. The film was shot in Cloquet, Minnesota, during November and December, 2006. See my previous “Older” posts at

    Clooney and Zellweger Visit Duluth to Promote “Leatherheads”

    March 18, 2008

    The Minneapolis Star Tribune is reporting that George Clooney and Renee Zellweger will visit Duluth, Minnesota, as part of press tour to promote “Leatherheads.” The film, a sports/screwball comedy, is about a 1920’s era football team called the Duluth Bulldogs. While set in Minnesota and Chicago, the film was shot in North and South Carolina.

    “Leatherheads” is scheduled to open nationwide on April 4.

    Read the MST article at:

    The film’s official web site is at:

    My previous posts on Leatherhead are available at: