Fergus Falls, Minnesota — apparently it’s hard out here for a filmmaker to make a movie, even when he offers to pay the city $10,000. Dav Kaufman wanted to shoot some scenes for his psycho-thriller at a former treatment center that is scheduled to be redeveloped into a college. The campus developers didn’t like the idea, saying the film would bring negative publicity and give the school a bad reputation. They convinced the city fathers to reject the filmmaker’s offer.
A pity. Not to mention a bit shortsighted on the part of the developers and city council. How cool would it be to be able to say, when marketing the new college to potential students, that a psycho-thriller was filmed there? It could have been a great opportunity for potential partnerships to market the school and the movie, and perhaps even put Fergus Falls on the map. Not to mention adding a few quid to the city coffers.