Film festival showcases horror movie with local cast, crew

Published: Apr. 28, 2022 at 12:04 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (CBS 3 Duluth) - As the film scene evolves in the Twin Ports, the next film festival is coming up this weekend.

The North by North International Film Festival is taking place at Zeitgeist and will feature films from across the globe.

But one film has a unique tie to the Northland.

‘Beyond the Northwoods’ was not only filmed in the woods of Duluth, but it features an all-local cast and crew.

Lance Todd, Henriette Soderlind and Matt Rasmussen with ‘Beyond the Northwoods’ sat down with Natalie Grant on CBS 3 This Morning to share about their film.

Lance Todd, the writer and director of the film, describes it as a found footage horror movie.

The movie was shot on iPhones and hopes to represent what a movie like the ‘Blair Witch Project’ would be like if it was filmed today.

“It’s about an out-of-town Youtuber that comes to town to make a video about some disappearances in the woods, specifically in Lester Park,” said Todd.

The group said being able to share this story with the community means a lot, and they hope it inspires others to come and create in the Northland.

“To film something to kinds recontextualize these sites that we are familiar with and make them kinda scary, that alone changes the way you look at the town, the woods, everything,” said Todd. “And then to be in our town with our community and see it on the big screen is just a whole other layer. It really just feels incredible.”

The film is premiering at the North by North International Film Festival on Sunday, May 1, at 5 p.m.

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That is happening at the Zeitgeist Zinema in Duluth.

Tickets for the movie are $12, and you can buy them in advance online.

You can view more information about Beyond the North Woods on their website.

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