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Minneapolis Director Talks Hold Steady-Inspired Movie Stuck Between Stations

Minneapolis is hardly a hub of cinematic
activity. Smack in the middle of the “fly over zone” between New York
and L.A., it’s attracted the occasional big film (A Serious Man was
filmed there, as was Fargo) but “none of them were homegrown or really
interested in telling the stories I want to see,” says Brady Kiernan, a
Twin Cities native and director of the upcoming film Stuck Between
Stations. He and writers Sam Rosen and Nat Bennett are seeking to remedy
that problem with this film, which follows its main characters on “an
accidental tour of the little-known underbelly of Minneapolis.”
Fans of Minneapolis rockers The Hold Steady will recognize the movie’s title as a nod to the opening track of the band’s Boys and Girls in
America LP (Paste‘s #11 album of the decade). “The title is mostly a
reference to the spirit of the song,” Kiernan tells Paste. "This film is
about those nights that we’ve all had where you meet someone, spend the
whole night with them and start to maybe fall in love." Kiernan is
currently in negotiations with the band to provide music for the film.
A soundtrack from the critical darlings would be just another coup for
the flick, which has attracted on-screen talents Josh Hartnett, Breaking
Upwards’ Zoe Lister Jones and Michael Imperioli of The Sopranos.
Writers Rosen and Bennett had prior relationships with Hartnett and
Lister Jones, but their singular script was the fulcrum of their film’s
appeal to both director Kiernan and to the actors.
A coming-of-age story for modern-day middle America, Stuck Between Stations sees Casper, a troubled veteran, and Rebecca, a grad student
unsure about her future, haphazardly reunited in their hometown of
Minneapolis a decade after their high school graduation. Thrust together
by forces greater than themselves, they experience a whirlwind of
strange events including a punk-rock circus and a spontaneous burglary,
staged against Twin Cities landmarks such as Loring Park and legendary
venue 1st Avenue. (Sounds like a song by The Hold Steady, no?) Filming
will wrap this fall, after which the creators will shop Stuck Between
Stations around at film festivals such as Sundance and Toronto, seeking
“There has yet to be a breakout indie success that puts our city on the map,” Kiernan says. “Maybe that’s us, maybe it isn’t, but we love this
city.” Hometown pride aside, “our story is still about two people and
their lives. We just can’t think of a better place to fall in love than

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