Walking on Thin Ice

Why is Governor Tim Pawlenty leaving Minnesota film out in the cold?

And as labor goes, so goes independent film. Director Patrick Coyle finished his acclaimed neo-noir feature Detective Fiction with Snowbate money, and says the film board tirelessly promoted the picture at Sundance. Without such help, talents like Coyle may find the working climate in the film industry's flyover country even chillier.

As it turns out, there is another working model for running a bare-bones film board. "Wisconsin's still got a film office, sort of," says Craig Rice, laying out an alternate scenario for what his agency might become. "It's basically an office you call if you want to film in Wisconsin. I called their office two months ago saying I was interested in producing a film there, and they still haven't gotten back."

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