‘Purple Rain’ 30th Anniversary

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Travel writer, David Farley, toured Minneapolis to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Prince movie ‘Purple Rain’. Farley embarks on Nice Ride Minnesota’s self-guided “Prince for a Day” bike tour and discusses the film’s legacy with Minnesota Film and TV Board’s Craig Rice, who was assistant director on the film.

Read his Los Angeles Times story and find out how “the movie helped put Minneapolis on the pop culture map.”

Masters of the Craft: Duffy & Partners, Summit Identity

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Duffy & Partners has been featured on this month’s cover of Computer Arts Magazine! The April issue takes an in-depth look at the Summit re-branding process while highlighting the firms meticulous attention to detail and continued success in design implementation.

Phillips Debuts Prairie Organic Gin & Cucumber Vodka

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Phillips Distilling  just released two new organic spirits – Prairie Organic Gin and Prairie Organic Cucumber-Flavored Vodka!

Twin Cities Business, Minneapolis Tidbits and The Heavy Table feature the debut of these Minnesota-made spirits. Full press release is available at this link.

Prairie Organic Spirits are certified organic and handcrafted with Minnesota-grown single vintage organic corn by a co-op of over 900 farmers, all stakeholders in the brand.

Griffin Productions Plans to Produce 12 Films in Minnesota

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Griffin Productions wants to produce up to a dozen films within five years in the state. The first film, “Thanksgiving at Denny’s,” will have a budget between $2.5 million and $4 million (depending on the cast and other factors).

“Thanksgiving at Denny’s” could bring $15 million to $24 million in economic benefits to the Minnesota economy based on estimates that show every dollar spent making a film generates six dollars in economic activity.

Read full story in Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal.

Minnesota Buzzes with Feature Film Production

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The press release announcing the film Thanksgiving at Denny’s has Minnesota talking. This article from WDIO-TV Eyewitness News, the ABC broadcast station in Duluth, discusses the feature film that will be shot on the Iron Range. 

Other media outlets that wrote about the film include the Star Tribune,  St. Paul Pioneer Press,  KARE 11 and MinnPost

Feature Film “Thanksgiving at Denny’s” to Shoot in Northern Minnesota

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Minnesota Film and TV held a press conference today to announce the production of Thanksgiving at Denny’s, a feature film that will be shot in the Iron Range of northern Minnesota starting in early 2013. The production team plans to film multiple projects over the next decade in Minnesota.

Speakers include (from left to right): Washington Square Films President and Executive Producer, Joshua Blum,  Principal Hubert “Buck” Humphrey IV, Griffin Productions President and Executive Producer, Jerry Seppala, and Minnesota Film and TV Executive Director, Lucinda Winter.