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Zumbrota turns into movie set for feature film


ZUMBROTA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Zumbrota is taking center stage as a feature film is being shot there.

The movie is called "His Neighbor Phil" and it is about a woman with early-onset Alzheimer's who mistakes her husband for the neighbor. On Tuesday, we got a behind the scenes look at the movie before it hits the big screen.

The quiet town of Zumbrota will soon be showcased on the big screen.

"It's been kind of fun to see them filming," said Zumbrota store owner Brenda Lerum.

The movie "His Neighbor Phil" stars locals as well as recognizable names such as Stephanie Zimbalist and also Daniel Roebuck who you may recall from films such as "The Fugitive" or "Final Destination."

Along with producing the film, Roebuck will also be playing a lead role.

"I'm the husband of a very talented actress named Stephanie Zimbalist who is very serious 100 percent of the time. You can't imagine," said Roebuck.

The film crew arrived in late March and will only be sticking around through the middle of April.

"We can make films faster, but that doesn't help you tell the story," said Roebuck. "You still have to get the right actors and the right script, the right setting."

Brenda Lerum owns Flowers on Main and said this movie is the talk of the town.

"Everybody's kind of talking about it, they are kind of here and there and all sorts of around town," said Lerum.

But why Zumbrota?

"Many aspects of the story were crafted specifically to fit in this town. A movie can take place anywhere can't it, unless you're making a movie on Mars, you can't shoot that in Zumbrota, but Zumbrota was chosen specifically because the town is a partner with the film. The town and My Town Pictures have come together to make this movie to show not just Minnesotans, but everybody what a great community this is," said Roebuck.

And it's the community that is helping with the movie production providing food and other needs to the cast and crew since this is a lower budget film.

This movie will hit the big screen in the near future.  

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