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A hometown boy takes Minneapolis to Hollywood

Posted at 1:51 PM on September 22, 2006 by Euan Kerr

Screenwriter Brent Boyd grew up in Minneapolis, so it's not surprising that his first fully produced feature script is set in the Twin Cities. "Aurora Borealis" goes on limited release in a week, including here in Minnesota.

Boyd came by today to talk about the film. It tells the story of Duncan, a young man trying to deal with his grandfather's descent into old age and illness, even as he is still trying to deal with his father's death some ten years before.

The film was shot in Canada, but four days of filming key Minneapolis scenes help bolster the scripts very Minnesota viewpoint. Boyd says there's autobiographical elements in the film, but it's more of a love letter to Minnesota.

He agreed it also takes a few swings at his home state, and some of the peculiar habits of its residents, including the social habits of Vikings fans, the rivalry between Minneapolis and St Paul, and the belief about perpetual Minnesota winter.

The film has a powerhouse cast including Joshua Jackson as Duncan, Donald Sutherland and Louise Fletcher as his grandparents and Juliette Lewis as Duncan's girlfriend Kate.

It was a fun chat and we'll air the interview on MPR sometime next week.

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