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"Milwaukee, Minnesota" is a wrap

Coming soon to a theater near you, "Milwaukee, Minnesota." That's not a typo. Rather, it's the title of a movie that wrapped up filming in Milwaukee this weekend. The cast and crew were in various Bay View locations to put the finishing touches on the nearly completed film.

The film stars Randy Quaid, Bruce Dern, Troy Garity ("Bandits"), Debra Monk ("NYPD Blue"), Alison Folland ("Boys Don't Cry") and Hank Harris (TV's "Popular"). Only Garity and Monk were on location, as the rest of the cast has finished shooting their scenes.

Written by Michigan-born Richard Murphy, the plot revolves around a young man named Albert (Garity). Albert is a little slow, but he's a master ice fisherman. He wins every ice-fishing tournament he enters and has accumulated a lot of prize money.

Albert lives with his mother Edna (Monk). She is cruel and overprotective, feeling that somehow she's been cursed because of the way her son turned out. She also had an affair with Sean (Dern), Albert's boss at a print shop, who is actually Albert's father.

Also figuring into things are bad guy Jerry James (Quaid) and a couple of drifters (Folland and Harris). Josh Brolin also spent a day filming a role as a thug who beats up Albert.

A majority of the day Saturday was spent on Homer St., off Kinnickinnic Ave. A snow machine covered one side of the street white with a shaving foam-like substance. No one could have expected a January in Wisconsin without snow.

"That's been the only real problem," said Milwaukee resident Kurt Egner, the production coordinator. "Other than that, everything's gone fine."

The scene being filmed has Albert and Monk walking down Homer toward KK. She is berating him for not handing over a phone number that a young lady has given him. The actors rehearsed two takes of walking down the street, and then filmed two more takes with dialogue. Everything seemed to go according to plan.

Later on, filming was scheduled to take place on the corner of Stewart and Hilbert Streets, also in Bay View. Fake snow already carpeted the area.

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