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Samuel Hathaway plays a lead role in the community theatre river walk play performed for the opening of the Meander Arts Crawl in the Upper Minnesota River Valley. He has authored his own screenplay and intends to turn it into an admittedly bare-bones budget, but art-worthy movie, under the title "Once Upon a Whitsun.'' Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Montevideo, Minn., native brings his effort to make film to town of his youth

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MONTEVIDEO -- There are ways for aspiring filmmakers to launch their projects absent connections in Hollywood or a pile of money big enough to fund a campaign for Congress.

One story tells how a duo tackled director Ed Harris and forced him to watch their movie trailer to win his backing.

More famously, Minnesota's own Coen brothers are said to have gone door to door with a film projector to beg the money needed to produce "Blood Simple.''

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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