Feature Scheduled to Shoot in Fargo/Moorhead

February 27, 2007

The Minnesota Film and TV Board’s web site is reporting that a non-union feature will shoot in Fargo/Moorhead area for 18 days beginning March 7. The film, called “Buick Riviera,” is being directed by Croatian director Goran Risinovic. Propeler Films is the production company.

By the way, the Film Board’s web site was recently revamped and it’s greatly improved. Check it out.

Here’s a link to a story about a location shoot that was posted in the Fargo Forum on 3/7/07.

Note: The Forum requires payment to read stories after a week or so.

Here’s another local press account from radio station KFGO and the Associated Press. It’s brief but adds some details. Posted 3/8/07.

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Wow! Minnesota Shot “Sweet Land” Wins Independent Spirit Award

February 24, 2007

Minnesota-produced Sweet land was honored with an Independent Spirit Award in the “Best First Feature” category. Sweet Land is the first winner of the category to be honored despite the fact that it doesn’t have a distributor.

Congratulations to Director Ali Selim and the many talented Minnesotans in the cast and crew.

The Independent Spirit Awards recognize films that were produced outside the studio system for less than $20 million. The awards were presented on Saturday, February 24th, in Santa Monica , California, and broadcast on the Independent Film Channel.

More from the Minneapolis Star Tribune.


Thornton Prefers Minnesota Location for “Peace Like a River”

February 24, 2007

The Associated Press is reporting that Billy Bob Thornton is saying that he’d like to shoot Peace Like a River, a feature planned for this fall, in Minnesota. Thornton says that he believes that authentic locations make a big difference. Thornton cites Sam Raimi’s A Simple Plan as an example of a film that benefited from Minnesota locations. He also says that it’s one of his favorite roles. A version of the article ran in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Discussion board chatter on the IMDb suggests that Calgary, Alberta will get the shoot.

Publicity shot from A Simple Plan above.


Minnesota Filmmakers Win Slamdance Award

February 1, 2007

Minnesota filmmakers JoEllen Martinson and William Rees‘ short “The Mallorys Go Black Market” received the Spirtit of Slamdance award.  The award goes to the film that best represents the spirit of the edgy alternative film festival.

Their Eye Candy Factory web site provides a lot of information about Martinson, Rees and their films.


Extras Needed for “Older than America”

November 30, 2006

“Older than America,” the independent film currently shooting in Cloquet, Minnesota, has put out a call for 800 extras for a scene to be filmed on Sunday, December 3. If you’re interested, be at the Cloquet Forestry Center at 175 University Road in Cloquet by 7 a.m.

The scene will be shot outdoors, so dress appropriately.

For more information, call Dawn Rixmann at 218-591-9662.

For more information about “Older than America,” see my earlier posts.


“Juno” Considering 2007 Minnesota Location

November 11, 2006

The Minnesota Film and TV Board web site is reporting that a film called “Juno” is schedule for a Minnesota shoot early in 2007. The script was written by Minnesotan Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman (Thank You for Not Smoking) is set to direct. Mandate Pictures is the production company.

Update (added January 2, 2008): The film, while set in Minnesota, was shot at various locations in British Columbia.


Film Shoots in Cloquet

November 10, 2006

“Older than America” starts shooting in Cloquet, Minnesota, 11/11 through 12/15. The impressive cast includes Nathaniel Arcand, Adam Beach, Tantoo Cardinal, Graham Greene, Georgina Lightning, Eric Schweig and Wes Studi. Lightning also serves as director.

Promotional materials describe the film as a contemporary native Indian drama.
The production’s web site (http://web.mac.com/tribalalliance/iWeb/Home/Home.html) provides a little information. Hopefully it will add more content as the production begins shooting.