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Crew members of the movie, "Tankhouse, film south of Fargo. The movie brought about 40 cast and crew members, who bought lodging, catering, supplies and set materials that likely injected several hundred thousand dollars into the local economy. Jim Manney / The Forum

What if North Dakota Gives Hollywood Incentives and They Treat Us Like They Did Georgia?

What if North Dakota Gives Hollywood Incentives and They Treat Us Like They Did Georgia?

In an editorial over the weekend, the Fargo Forum made a case for North Dakota offering film incentives. This was occasioned by the recent work in Fargo on a film based there called “Tankhouse.” The company which owns the Forum (and which also employs me) is an investor in that film. “North Dakota has the means and

A scene from the now-defunct ABC drama "Blood and Oil" which was set in North Dakota's oil fields but filmed in Utah Fargo Forum file photo

Do We Want to Invite Activist Hollywood to North Dakota?

David Diebel, a producer and co-owner of Bismarck-based DN Cinematics and a board member of the North Dakota Film and Media Association, joined me on a recent episode of the podcast to talk about the question of incentives for film/television production in our state. The Legislature ordered a study into the matter which if completed

Why Be Ashamed of Depicting the Moon Landing as It Actually Happened?

I am very much looking forward to seeing First Man, which features Ryan Gosling playing iconic American astronaut Neil Armstrong during the moon landing mission. I am even looking forward to it despite the strange decision by the movie’s producers to omit the part of the moon landing where Armstrong plants an American flag on

Review: The Interview Hardly Seems Worth The Fuss (Spoilers)

When I saw in my social media feeds that The Interview was available for download/streaming I immediately bought a copy. At that point, I kind of felt like it was my duty as an American. No gang of thugs, be they sponsored by North Korea or independently-operating rogues, is going to dictate to me what movies

Good News: There Might Not Be An Entourage Movie If We Keep Fracking

Cheaper energy. Lower carbon emissions. Declining rates of unwanted pregnancies. Now choking off publicity for stupid, navel-gazing Hollywood movies. Is there anything fracking can’t do? “Entourage” actor Adrian Grenier cohosted a celebrity–filled reception on April 19 at the ABC Carpet & Home Showroom in Manhattan’s Flatiron District. Susan Sarandon was in attendance and the event

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