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Some Film Roles Meryl Streep Didn't Get

Posted at 5:18 AM on February 12, 2010 by Radio Heartlander (78 Comments)
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Guest Blogger - Cynthia in Mahtowa

In June 2008, I was enlisted as a volunteer actor to be in a film written and directed by my friends' daughter, Summer. The story of the "Muck Monster of Cloquet, Minnesota" is based on her father frequently covering himself in muck, mud and weeds to scare his young daughters and their friends while summering at their cabin near Cloquet, MN.

The film has the feel of a documentary, or rather a Christopher Guest-syle "mockumentary" (re-dubbed MUCKumentary) with a "journalist" in search of the answer to the question "Does the Muck Monster really exist?" With the exception of a few professional actors, most of the cast was made of friends and family, cousins and acquaintances - amateurs all.

Muck Monster blog.jpg

The Muck Monster was played by Summer's real life father, Roy. I played Clara Lyndhurst, Spiritual Leader of the Slimetologists.


Recently I received an email from Summer inviting me to play a "creepy old woman" in her latest endeavor: filming two weekends in February the story of "Lumber Jill" - another tale of life in northern Minnesota. In 'Lumber Jill," she plays the central character, Jill LeBlah, "an outcast who discovers she doesn't belong to the people and place where she has grown up." The story follows her as she seeks her true identity, home and family in the "magical and oh-so-quirky town of Cloquet." Along the way she encounters "talking taxidermy, magical lumberjacks and a community of strange but loveable characters who, in the end, teach her about true warmth in a frostbitten town."
If you are signed up for Facebook, you can see more photos and get updates on the movie's progress.


By the way, I immediately accepted the challenge of portraying the Creepy Old Lady. And look how she imagines my character!

Creepy Old Woman blog.JPG

If you could choose to play any character in any movie, who would you be?

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