OnMedia: An indie film from the heartland
Kathy Lindboe and Robin Van Ert have been friends since they were 7, back in a small town in near Wisconsin Rapids.
Nearly three decades after their meeting, they have completed a film that draws on that small-town Wisconsin experience and "NONAMES" gets a Milwaukee screening at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Oriental Theater.
Lindboe tells me that the story she and Van Ert came up with is loosely based on their two brothers, and will be familiar to people who know small-town life in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the country. The film was shot in the Wisconsin Rapids area.
"Anyone who grew up in a small town who has seen the film, has said 'I understand these people,'" says Lindboe, who has followed up a series of film festivals with screenings across Wisconsin.
More interesting is the reaction from an audience with no connection to small-town life. Independent films like "NONAMES" generally play art houses in larger cities.
"Some people don't quite get the life," says Lindboe, who now does freelance film work in New York City. Van Ert lives in Madison.
The film, which I haven't seen in advance, features two actors who are growing more familiar to audiences. James Badge Dale had just finished filming HBO's "The Pacific," when filming started on "NONAMES." Female lead Gillian Jacobs is a regular on NBC's "Community."
"I didn't know either of the actors at all," Lindboe says of their casting. But it can't do anything by help the film that they're careers are on the upswing.
It's not clear what happens next. There's talk of a West Coast opening, and, down the road, there are cable channels -- one of the modern routes for independent films to reach a wider audience.
In the meantime, there are screenings this weekend in Mineral Point and Wisconsin Rapids on July 17, following Thursday's Milwaukee premiere.
Advance tickets to Thursday's screening at the Oriental, which is followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session with crew and cast members, are available at www.NONAMESthefilm.com.
Here's a trailer for "NONAMES," and Lindboe cautions it makes the movie look a bit more intense that it really is. "The trailers don't tell the story correctly," she says.
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