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Thriller movie will be shot in lakes region

Published 11:04am Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Fargo man is producing a low-budget thriller movie that will be shot this summer in the lakes region and Fargo-Moorhead areas, called “Text Me Deadly.” He’s looking for local talent interested in being crew members or actors for the film.

“We have a great director and script. Now we just need the talent, crew and financing,” said Producer Brian Orvik.

The basic plot of the roughly 90-minute movie is 10 friends in a small Minnesota lakes area community who are being killed one by one. Authorities believe the story’s heroine, Shelly, is the killer, so she sets out to solve the murders herself, with a little help from her reluctant boyfriend. She has to try and find who the killer is before she ends up arrested or murdered.

The murder-mystery movie is set in the Fargo and Cormorant Village, Minn. areas. It’s described as a cross between the Agatha Christie classic “And Then There Were None” and “The Last of Sheila,” a 1973 mystery film.

Orvik, a Moorhead native, has written comedic screenplays for the past few years and wanted to produce this low-budget movie himself.

“We can make a great movie around the Fargo area because of all the local talent,” he said. “I think we’re going to have a lot of fun making it.”

The movie’s director, Troy Bakewell, from the Twin Cities, comes with experience in the thriller genre and has worked on more than a dozen films.

Topher Williams, of Fargo, will score the sound and music for the movie.

The main characters of the movie are between the ages of 21 and 25, but ages for other characters vary.

Anyone interested in participating can go to for more information about the positions and read the screen play. Email resumes, qualifications, and links to work to, or post a message on the website.

Even if you’re not an actor or someone with film crew experience, Orvik would still like to hear from you for things like help with the fundraising campaign, or if you have a property (especially a diner) where the movie could shoot scenes.

They’re also looking for local bands who might want to be part of the movie.

Those interested in supporting the movie can give a pledge through the Kickstarter fundraiser at Movie organizers plan to raise most of the budget through crowd fundraising.

“We’re going to be giving out great rewards for pledges, like being an extra in the movie and/or a ticket to the premiere,” Orvick said. “This movie will support local talent and help stop the stereotype created by that movie ‘Fargo.’”

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