Oscar nominee Ed Harris and solid ending up Minnesota-shot film ‘Downtown Owl’

Minnesota has a starring position in a film that is anticipated to wrap up creation later this 7 days.

“Downtown Owl,” dependent on the Chuck Klosterman novel of the same title, has been shooting right here due to the fact April 3. In St. Paul, it filmed for a 7 days at Highland Park Large School and a different 7 days at Location Bar. It also shot scenes in Independence and Elko New Market.

All of these places are standing in for the fictional town of Owl, N.D., the placing of Klosterman’s novel, which requires location in 1983 and 1984. That’s exactly where Horace (played by four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris) fulfills with buddies to go over their life’s regrets and wherever substantial school instructor Julia (Lily Rabe, who was Nicole Kidman’s law firm pal in “The Undoing”) hangs out, drinking to ignore her woes in scenes shot at Location.

“I optioned the legal rights to the e book with Lily, who is my making spouse, various years in the past,” explained Bettina Barrow, a law firm-turned-filmmaker. “Lily experienced carried out the audiobook [of ‘Owl’] back in 2008 and, randomly, I experienced identified it at a bookstore in Portland, Oregon, and we both of those believed it should be a film.”

Even though the e-book is set in North Dakota, that state does not have tax credits for filmmakers. Minnesota does, although — a transferable, 25 % credit rating for companies that invest at minimum $1 million in this article — and that was adequate to appeal to “Downtown Owl” producers, who began setting up store in March.

“We essential landscapes that could double for North Dakota,” Barrow reported. “I finished up connecting with Melodie Bahan and Jill Johansen at the Film Board and they’ve been unbelievably handy.”

The script is by actor Hamish Linklater (“The New Adventures of Outdated Christine”), who is co-directing with Rabe. In addition to Harris and Rabe, the forged consists of Vanessa Hudgens (“Tick Tick Growth”) and Henry Golding (“Insane Prosperous Asians”). Regional actors involve Derek Hughes, Arden Michalec and Emma Halleen.

The film — like Klosterman’s novel — climaxes with its people trapped in a blizzard. So, like the Minnesota-shot “Fargo,” “Owl” has had to count on artificially-made precipitation created by particular results skilled Dieter Sturm (who’s credited as “snowmaker” on “Fargo”).

“It truly is been remarkable to look at. We shot Ed Harris’ character, Horace, in his residence in a blizzard in Independence,” said Barrow, who admits that as a Texas resident she’s a small free with the term “blizzard.”

“We had piles and piles of snow in front of that home, and then it also snowed for genuine.”

Also on board the undertaking is new music legend T Bone Burnett, an Oscar and Grammy winner who’s undertaking the audio. All the significant names ended up captivated by the script and the other artists, according to Barrow, who joked, “Most agents are not telling their star clientele to operate for [Screen Actors Guild] lower-budget scale in Minnesota in a blizzard.”

The approach is to finish “Downtown Owl” in time for the Sundance Film Festival’s November submission deadline (Barrow is a Sundance fellow). If acknowledged, it would premiere next January. No launch day is established but “Downtown Owl” will be distributed by Sony Pics Throughout the world Acquisitions and Phase 6 Movies.