Movie filmed at EP house premieres April 23

3 months after filming wrapped on “The Doll” at the Cummins-Phipps-Grill Home in Eden Prairie, the limited horror movie will debut for audiences later on this month.

Alex Arredondo wrote and directed “The Doll.” Photograph by Stuart Sudak

Created and directed by Alex Arredondo, “The Doll” is a person of the entries currently being screened at the Z-Fest Film Pageant. This Twin Metropolitan areas-dependent contest functions first, 7-minute movies produced by local filmmakers. 

It will be demonstrated as aspect of the team of 10 videos in Session 5 of the pageant on Saturday, April 23, at Emagine Willow Creek Theater in Plymouth. “The Doll” is set to start at 9:15 p.m.

“We’re ready for the day to get our attractive film on the huge monitor,” the St. Paul resident said Friday, April 4.


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Arredondo and his crew expended two times at the household in January. For his directorial debut, he was looking for a location with a large amount of history, and the brick farmhouse built in 1879-80 for John R. and Mattie Cummins match the bill.

He said it was like a dream to see the items of his movie occur to existence in the editing approach.

“It felt like I was strolling on air when I was looking at the ultimate minimize of the movie and hearing it put to new music, hearing the seem effects,” he mentioned. “It was one particular of those pinch me times.”

However “The Doll” is a horror story, he reported the chills are extra psychological. The film is about a young girl named Violet who finds a doll in the woods and unknowingly tends to make a offer with a demon when she brings it home.

The film poster for “The Doll.” It was built by one particular of the actors, Sonya Nelson Boushek.

“With this film, I wished it to be more atmospheric, as opposed to leap scares,” he explained of the movie. “I think we knocked it out of the park with the tone, the environment. It will truly creep some people today out.”

Arredondo said there will be other prospects for individuals to see the film. Even so, those details are nonetheless being labored out. 

“The Doll” was one particular of two film productions preparing to use the home this winter season (as profiled in an EPLN tale). The other venture, a full-length unbiased horror film titled “Preserved,” has been postponed till potentially upcoming year. Its director, Molly Worre, prepared to shoot inside pictures there.

Kathie Scenario, the Eden Prairie Historic Culture president, stated the manufacturing could not find a farmhouse up north for exterior pictures this winter season right before the snow melted. 

The Cummins-Phipps-Grill Home is owned by the city and leased by the Historic Society. Obtainable for personal event rentals (these kinds of as films), any dollars designed from people rentals goes again into the home.

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