Homecoming set for ‘Prodigal’ movie

The “Prodigal” is coming home to Elk River.

A full-length movie filmed in Elk River by a fledgling local production company will be here for a mid-winter pork roast dinner and showing of the film.

The faith-based and family-friendly drama is the first project of Lost Coin Productions, co-owned by Chet Borger of Elk River and starring his son Dylan. Filming was completed in August 2009.

The community is invited to the event at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and Parish Hall, 1326 Fourth St.,  Elk River.

A gourmet dinner will be served with special dessert prepared by the Holy Trinity Women’s Group.   The movie will  be shown after the dinner.

The movie features Elk River residents  and is a true-to-life action drama killer.  It’s a modern version of the story of the prodigal son.

RSVP is required by calling the church office at 763-441-5482. A free-will offering is requested.

The movie was first shown at the Mann Theatre in Plymouth this past fall.

Joseph Castanon and CeCe Robledo play the young Levi and Abigail.

“Prodigal” was co-written and directed by Aaron Huggett, creative director of Living Word Christian Church of Brooklyn Park. Mark Harper of Brooklyn Park is co-owner with Borger and helped write the screenplay.

Dylan Borger, who was 18 during filming, plays Levi Layton, a teen who’s grown tired of small-town life and the expectations of being a preacher’s son.

When he receives a $1,000 inheritance from his grandfather, he sees a chance to break away to a new life of fast cars, parties and new friends, with his girlfriend, Abigail, played by Alix Kermes of Albert Lea, and best friend Tyler, played by Dan Huggett (Aaron’s brother). Dylan was resentful that his father, played by Jeff Litfin of Brooklyn Park, is more concerned about his congregation than about his son.

Huggett, the director, checked footage during filming in Elk River in 2009.

“It’s a faith-based film with a great message,” said Chet Borger, who served as executive producer. “We have gotten some good  comments at screenings.”

Post-filming work — such as colorization, sound, and music — was completed last February. The instrumental movie score was written by Dominic Messenger of Los Angeles, and some Christian rap by a Twin Cities artist Tru Serva was also used.

The first screening, for cast, crew and families, and a total audience of about 600, was held soon after at the Mann in Champlin Park, said Borger.

Elk River sites in the film include the bar scenes  at McCoy’s, hospital scenes at Guardian Angels and a church scene at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

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