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Area woman in movie ‘Until Forever,’ opens Feb. 19

Denise Baker

Veteran actor and Hudson resident Denise Baker has a role in a recently-released movie “Until Forever” that opens in the Hudson 12 Theatre on Friday, Feb. 19.

The movie is based on a true story of a young Inver Grove Heights, Minn. man, Michael Boyum, who was stricken with a rare form of leukemia that eventually took his life. Just six weeks before he died, Michael married his childhood sweetheart Michelle Larson.

Boyum was diagnosed with acute leukemia in 1998 during his junior year at the UW-River Falls. A year later it would claim his life.

It’s a love story about a young couple’s dream, Michael and Michelle, of a future together that is interrupted by Michael’s illness. They are confronted with circumstances that will test the boundaries of their commitment.

It's also about Michael Boyum's Christian faith and his brother Matt, who suffered from depression and anxiety. The movie was filmed in the Twin Cities.

Baker plays the role of the grandma in the film. For Baker, this is her fifth film.

Some of her other work includes the movie “The Old, Old Story” -- and in the History 2 Channel TV shows “America Unearthed” and “Monsters, Myths and Legends.”

She has, however, made her mark locally, directing plays at The Phipps Center for the Arts and most recently she choreographed Hudson High School’s production of "Mary Poppins."

“When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them, ‘I audition,’” she joked in a 2014 Star-Observer interview.

“People see you on the screen, and they think, ‘I could do that,’” she noted.

“But you have to be able to be in the moment amid a ton of distractions. What people don’t see is the lighting you have to hit just right and the camera traveling back and forth. It takes a lot of concentration to sound like you’re having a conversation with somebody with all that happening around you.

“I know I can hold my own, but I don’t rest on that. You have to keep working on your craft.”