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E.C. Filmed Sawdust City to Get L.A. Premiere

Emily Anderson

“Sawdust City” is a nickname given to the city of Eau Claire in the late 1800s when the lumber industry was in its peak. It is also the title of a locally shot film that is beginning to get a lot of attention. The film, directed by former local David Nordstrom, will premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF). Running June 16-26, the festival is organized by Film Independent, a company that is also associated with the Independent Spirit Awards. Sawdust City is one of 10 films nominated for an award in the Narrative Feature category. Shot in January 2010, Sawdust City is the story of two brothers searching for their father in the various taverns of Eau Claire. Anyone familiar with Eau Claire will recognize most of the locations used in filming. Bars on the brothers’ journey include many from Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls.