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Local movie heads to big screen

Two years after film crews finished work on the movie "Clear Lake, Wis." it is finally ready for its Midwest premier.

Clear Lake native and Hollywood actor Dustin Booth announced that the movie will be shown Friday, Oct. 9, and will play for seven consecutive days, through Oct. 15 at the Hudson 12 Theatre, 520 Stageline Road, Hudson.

The psycho-thriller film stars Booth, independent film star Michael Madsen as well as accomplished actors, Paul Ben-Victor and Audrey Wasilewski. This Meriwether Productions film, shot in high definition, also features up-and-coming talent, Grinnell Morris, Shi Ne Nielson, Heather Simpson, Morgan Simpson and Carla Toutz.

Tickets will be $8 and can be purchased seven days in advance at the Hudson 12 Theatre box office. Exact times will be announced at a later date. This film is rated R for brief nudity and strong language.

Filming for the production occurred over three weeks in November and December of 2007.

Several area students, including Nels Donaldson of New Richmond and Kevin Fehlen of Osceola, worked as interns on the project.

Several area sites were used as a backdrop for various scenes.

Amery Hospital was used for a couple scenes, including one which transformed the facility into an international airport.

Downtown Clear Lake is also featured in the movie, as well as Booth's family farm property in rural Polk County.

His family's converted barn/cabin served as the set for several scenes in the movie. The heated garage was the operation's center, where meals are served and production planning took place.

The movie's plot centers around a small Wisconsin community that is hit by a disease about 20 years ago.

After a series of disturbing events, the community is abandoned.

Flash forward 20 years and a reporter decides to film a documentary about the kids who once lived there and are now grown up.

The kids are each convinced to return to the ghost town to recount their involvement and talk about how the events affected their lives.

The producers had hoped to release the film sometime the following spring, but the release was delayed.