Empty Space

A crew gathered in Marine on St. Croix last week to shoot scenes for a film currently titled "Empty Space." 


A film crew took to Marine last week, shooting at a home, Ostlund’s Marine Garage and Nita Mae's Scoop.

Currently titled "Empty Space," the plot centers around Matthew, who, after waking up and finding that he is completely alone, attempts to find his girlfriend in an empty town. 

The screenplay was written by Madeline Silton, who is also directing and co-producing with Molly Worre. David Schnack is the director of photography and the film starrs Tiffany Cornwell as Catherine and Andrew Stecker as Matthew. 

The crew chose Marine because producer Worre knew Marine filmmaker Gayle Knutson, who helped coordinate shooting locations for “Empty Space.” 

“We loved the look of the town and thought it really fit with what we were going for in regards to aesthetic,” Silton said.

Silton was born and raised in Minneapolis, and now lives part time in St. Andrews, Scotland. 

“I have been very active in the film community in Minneapolis,” she told the Messenger. 

She started as a production assistant on commercial sets for Target and Best Buy, and has now worked for commercial sets and independent films, both short and feature length. This is her directorial debut. 

Marine was also the backdrop for Knutson’s film “The Wagon,” shot in 2017 and released this year. “The Wagon” will screen August 10 at the Square Lake Film and Music Festival, followed by a Q&A with Knutson.

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