Parkway Theater Hosts Homegrown Cinema

May 6, 2008

The Parkway Theater is hosting a series of double features of Minnesota-produced films on Monday nights over the next four weeks. Here’s the trailer.

The schedule includes:

  • May 12 – Two Harbors & Bill’s Big Pumpkins
  • May 19 – Snuff: A Documentary About Killing on Camera and Grown Men
  • May 26 – It Came from Another World and Mondo Collecto
  • June 2 – Seeking Wellness and Wargoon Flishe



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

    “Dead of Night (Winter)” Becomes “Killer Movie”

    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.

    “Remember Minnesota” Scouts Locations in Bismark, ND

    November 12, 2007

    According to a report filed by CBS affiliate KXMB-TV, “Remember Minnesota,” a feature film project about an underdog University of Minnesota rowing team, recently scouted locations in Bismark, ND. Producers Brad Melby and John Carroll Lynch (Fargo, Zodiac, Grumpy Old Men) are featured in the news story.

    View the report courtesy of YouTube.

    More information:

    “Remember Minnesota” is scheduled to shoot this spring, according to the report.

    A Serious Delay; Coen Brothers Project Rescheduled for Summer Start

    November 10, 2007

    The Minnesota Film and TV Board Website is reporting that the Coen Brothers production “A Serious Man” is being postponed because of ongoing industry labor negotiations. Originally scheduled to begin pre-production in January, “A Serious Man” now hopes to begin pre-production in June and principal photography in August.

    See my previous post, Coen Brother Come Home to Shoot “A Serious Man”, for more information.