Posted at: 09/05/2013 4:03 PM
Updated at: 09/05/2013 6:18 PM
By: Travis Dill
A Duluth native wants to bring a camera and some gruesome special effects to town to make a full-length film, and he's asking Northlanders to help fund the project.
Writer and Director Jim Ojala said his film, Strange Nature, is based on the frog deformity phenomenon found in Minnesota nearly two decades ago. Ojala grew up in Duluth and said the city holds the perfect scenery for the film.
Ojala said he wants the thriller to get people thinking about the ecological issue by creating a fiction where the deformities spread to humans.
“At what point does it affect you personally where you care? Maybe when it affects your family pets or most dangerous animals in the wilderness of the Midwest,” Ojala said. “It's going to be an eco-thriller. It's going to have some scientific mystery to it. There will be some horror to it and also a lot of drama.”
Mayor Don Ness is even willing to to lend his office to the film crew.
“In Strange Nature there is a scene in the mayor's office and so it would be kind of neat if this space, public space, would work for their film,” Ness said.
The mayor was supportive of the effort, but Ojala said it will take crowd funding from local residents to financially support bringing all the props and equipment to Duluth.
Ojala created a Kickstarter to bring in funding, but the project still needs over $30,000 to reach it's goal.
Ojala said some talent will come from California, but much of the crowd funding will be spent in the Northland.
“Most of all the actors, crew, all that stuff will be cast out of Duluth and surrounding areas,” Ojala said.
Filming in Duluth is the goal, and Mayor Ness hopes Strange Nature can find some local support.
“That's part of what a community does is it supports the artists that have this vision, that have this creativity, that have this talent,” Ness said.
You can find more information on the film and learn how to support the project here on Kickstarter.