'Merry Kiss Cam,' holiday movie filmed in Duluth, to hit Hulu on Thanksgiving
The romantic comedy about a couple who meet at a hockey game was entirely filmed on location. Production insider Riki McManus described it as "a love story to Duluth."
DULUTH — Hulu viewers looking for a hit of holiday happiness will be setting their sights on Duluth this season. "Merry Kiss Cam," a romantic comedy set during the Christmas season, will premiere on the streaming service on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24.
It's a quick turnaround for the production, which came to Duluth just this past June for principal photography. Producer Mandy June Turpin discovered the city through the Catalyst Content Festival, and decided to make the movie in Duluth even though the script originally had the story set in Chicago.
The movie stars Katie Lowes ("Inventing Anna") and Jesse Bradford (Kirsten Dunst's love interest from "Bring It On") as two strangers who meet at a hockey game. They're unexpectedly spotlit on a "kiss cam," prompting them to lock lips.
Filming locations included Fitger's, Lincoln Park, the Essentia Duluth Heritage Center, the Radisson Hotel and Carmody Irish Pub. In fact, Bradford's character's surname was changed to Carmody to fit the setting.
"They're putting a lot of our local businesses, a lot of Duluth, up on the big screen," said Riki McManus of the Upper Midwest Film Office while the movie was being made. "I almost think of this as a love story to Duluth."
Even as the premiere was announced, Turpin was moving forward with another Duluth-made movie project. "Body Language" is in front of cameras this month, with filming locations including downtown Duluth.
For more information on Hulu and its release schedule, see Hulu.com. For more information on current and future film production in the Northland, see uppermidwestfilmtv.com.