A movie featuring familiar locations across northern Minnesota is getting its world premiere Friday in San Jose, California.
"Virginia, Minnesota" is a film about two young women, torn apart by a childhood tragedy who unexpectedly reunite and embark on a journey, where they unlock memories of long forgotten innocence and what it means to truly believe.
Working with the Upper Minnesota Film Office, Atlanta-based director Daniel Stine filmed the movie in Duluth and along the North Shore in the fall of 2016, despite it's title.
The film features familiar landmarks like the Glensheen Mansion.
Stine says his vision started with Grand Marais, and it grew from there.
"Originally it was just going to be Grand Marais. I saw that town and fell in love with it. I started to drive more down the coast, and Split Rock Lighthouse and the rest of Silver Bay and Duluth, of course, and the plot kept getting more expansive," Stine said via Skype Friday.
The film is making its debut at Cinefest.
It's also being shown this weekend at the Beloit international Film Festival in Wisconsin.
The filmmaker took advantage of Minnesota's Snowbate incentive and even helped the group lobby for additional funding at the state capitol.