April 24, 2008
Shoot in Minnesota, a non-profit industry lobbying group, is calling for a rally at the Capitol in support of funding for the Snowbate program. The goal is to make Minnesota more competitive with other states in the arena of film incentives, increasing film production in the state.
The rally is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, April 28. Participants will gather on the front steps of the Minnesota State Capitol.
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 www.startribune.com/entertainment/movies/16918101.html?page=1&c=y .
To learn more about the effort to lobby for improving the Snowbate program, visit www.shootinminnesota.org.
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.
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 frozenframes.wordpress.com/?s=Older+Than+America.
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: www.startribune.com/entertainment/movies/16785756.html
The film’s official web site is at:
My previous posts on Leatherhead are available at: frozenframes.wordpress.com/?s=Leatherheads
January 3, 2008
Movie Madness II, a report in the January edition of Minnesota Monthly, outlines future Minnesota film projects. Read it at http://www.minnesotamonthly.com/media/Minnesota-Monthly/January-2008/Movie-Madness-II/.
November 18, 2007
A horror film shot in Minnesota last spring has released a trailer on YouTube. Originally titled “Dead of Winter,” then “Dead of Night,” the film is now called “Killer Movie.” According to the trailer, it will be released this summer.