A small Wisconsin town is headed to the big screen

KAUKAUNA, Wis. – It’s lights, digital camera, action for the Fox Metropolitan areas. Unbiased filmmakers concentrated their lens on local regions for a film primarily based in the town of Freedom, Wisconsin.

What You Want To Know

  • Author/director Molly Preston attended Lawrence College and lived in Wisconsin for seven several years
  • She now lives in Oregon while pursuing her movie profession
  • ‘Freedom, WI’ is a darkish comedy/coming of age film dependent in a little Wisconsin city
  • Scenes for the movie are becoming shot through the Fox Metropolitan areas area

 The Oregon-based crew is led by writer/director Molly Preston who attended Lawrence College and put in 7 years in the point out before leaving to go after her movie vocation.

“Wisconsin is amazing,” reported Preston, who’s directing her 1st aspect-size film. “I sense like my coronary heart will normally be in Wisconsin.”

She a short while ago shot scenes in downtown Kaukauna as she parts together her eyesight of small-city Wisconsin for her movie.

“The movie technically requires put in Flexibility, Wisconsin but we’re sort of employing distinctive cities in the Fox Metropolitan areas to produce my ‘idea’ of Flexibility, Wisconsin,” mentioned Preston.

She describes ”Freedom, Wisconsin’’ as a darkish comedy, coming-of-age film based in a little city. It is crystal clear Preston loves the point out she once identified as home.

“Everyone has just been so sort and gracious,” mentioned Preston. “We experienced a farmer give us no cost corn when we went to scout his farm. That’s an example of how kind Wisconsinites are.”

When the time came to decide on a backdrop for her downtown scenes, Preston and her team zeroed in on Kaukauna and arrived at out to the mayor’s office environment.

“A producer out in Oregon that inquired about shutting down the road to shoot an impartial movie below,” claimed Kaukauna Mayor Tony Penterman. “They thought the properties have been one of a kind.”

“Downtown Kaukauna is just so stunning and it is perfect for our movie,” stated Preston “We’re pretty pleased that they let us film right here.”

So a block of 2nd Street closed down and Kaukauna was prepared for its closeup. The mayor even joined in the entertaining as an excess.

“It is my movie debut,” mentioned Penterman. ”It’s interesting to have an independent film business appear right here.

Preston’s director of photography for the movie, Kevin Forrest, doubles as her spouse. A trip back again household is a likelihood for her to show off her previous stomping floor.

“I have very fond recollections,” reported Preston. “One of our spots is a place that I used to work. We have an additional place that I utilized to shop at all the time. I’m enthusiastic to be supporting area businesses and places that I cherished when I was dwelling here and even now like right now.”

Preston’s putting the spotlight on location modest towns. ‘’Freedom, Wisconsin’’ will continue on filming through mid-September.

They strategy to return to the state next summer time to strike Wisconsin Movie Festivals and monitor the movie.

Preston said there still could be chances for extras to surface in the film. Individuals fascinated can email the workforce. [email protected]