//Ad libs: You can't go home again

Thursday, June 29, 2006

You can't go home again

Palo Alto as a stand-in for Wisconsin? Now that's movie magic.

Today, a movie crew is in our neck of the woods, shooting an independent feature film at a home in downtown Palo Alto. "Presque Isle" is set in the Rhinelander, Wisconsin childhood home of director Rob Nilsson.

Here's the cool collaborative piece of the story: Nilsson, who nabbed the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 1987 for "Heat and Sunlight," is working together with students from the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking, which is just over a year old. It's all to give the students hands-on experience in making a high-def digital movie -- this is the school's first feature-film project.

And what more do we know about "Presque Isle"? Well, Nilsson says the story covers "themes of memory, human suffering, family reconciliation, and also a portrait of a land much neglected by American cinema." Much of it is also being shot in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Pictured: Nilsson hard at work. Photo courtesy of the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking.