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A film crew took over the parking lot of Cottage Grove United Church of Christ last Thursday as they shot exterior scenes nearby but remained tight-lipped about the project. Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner

Tight-lipped film crew shoots movie scenes in Cottage Grove

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Perhaps the only people who were happy on the coldest day of the season last week were in Old Cottage Grove shooting exterior shots for a movie.

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An independent film company from Texas paid a location fee to the Cottage Grove United Church of Christ to use the church as a base camp for three days.

Filmmakers wanted a very cold and windy day in a rural landscape. After shooting in the area near 70th Street and Lamar Avenue, the crew packed up and moved on to Afton for more filming.

The company had handed out fliers at North Pole Restaurant in Newport asking for volunteers for walk-on roles and several were selected, said the producers, who would not disclose the name of the movie or production company.

Cottage Grove city officials said Tuesday the crew was shooting scenes again this week, including near Manning Avenue and 100th Street.

Check back for possible updates to this story.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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