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Actors attend Hudson opening of made-in-Minnesota film

vie actors Dustin Booth and Emily Fradenburgh, left, visit with Booth's cousin Shelley Wassberg of New Richmond and aunt Sandy Egger of Amery at the Hudson opening of "Portrait of a Killer."

Two of the actors in "Profile of a Killer" were at the CEC Hudson 12 Theatre for the local opening of the film last Friday evening.

Emily Fradenburgh and Dustin Booth chatted with moviegoers and autographed posters advertising the independent film, shot over two winters at Minnesota locations along the Mississippi River near Hastings.

Fradenburgh is a native of New Prague, Minn. She has had roles in a number of independent films and is part of the cast of the "Choo Choo Bob Show" that airs at 9 a.m. Saturdays on KSTC-TV (Channel 45) from Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Booth is from Clear Lake. His last film role was in "Clear Lake, WI," a psychological thriller set in his hometown.

Fradenburgh and Booth met on March 15, 2010, at the start of production of "Portrait of a Killer."

"They paired us up to see if we had any chemistry. And we did. We've been together ever since," Fradenburgh said.

The couple lives in Clear Lake, where they have a wedding venue named Echo Valley and have opened a pizza place called Sawmill Pizza. They plan to eventually open a microbrewery to produce Sawmill Lager.

The sawmill theme is the reason for Booth's full, long beard.

"I am the official Sawmill logger," he said.

He was clean-shaven and had shorter, black hair during the filming of "Portrait of a Killer," in which he plays an field agent at the Minneapolis FBI office.

Fradenburgh plays a special FBI agent brought in to help capture a teenage serial killer.

Writer/director Caspian Tredwell-Owen conceived of the storyline following the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado.

"It was tragic, but somehow it seemed like a harbinger as well," Tredwell-Owen is quoted as saying in a news release about the film.

He says the film explores the psyche of the teenage killer and the forces that forged it.

"We live in a media-driven culture where non-entity can become celebrity overnight, with no apparent effort or merit," Tredwell-Owen is quoted as saying. "More and more, we're venturing to extremes to get attention in what is now, thanks to social media, a global form. What worries me is, where will it end?"

Tredwell-Owen, who has worked for DreamWorks and Paramount, came to Minnesota to produce the film when he couldn't get the financial backing of a major studio.

The movie currently is running in seven theaters, mostly in Minnesota. It also will be released on DVD and to overseas markets.

It was scheduled to be at Hudson 12 Theatre through Thursday, May 2, showing four times a day.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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