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Award-winning ‘Earthwork’ movie made in Lawrence by KU grads finally makes its city debut

The movie ‘Earthwork’ features actor John Hawkes, left, playing Lawrence artist Stan Herd. The story focuses on the struggles Herd encountered while creating a New York City art project in the early 1990s.

The movie ‘Earthwork’ features actor John Hawkes, left, playing Lawrence artist Stan Herd. The story focuses on the struggles Herd encountered while creating a New York City art project in the early 1990s.

September 10, 2010

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The movie ‘Earthwork’ features actor John Hawkes, left, playing Lawrence artist Stan Herd. The story focuses on the struggles Herd encountered while creating a New York City art project in the early 1990s.

The movie ‘Earthwork’ features actor John Hawkes, left, playing Lawrence artist Stan Herd. The story focuses on the struggles Herd encountered while creating a New York City art project in the early 1990s.

“Earthwork” filmmaker Chris Ordal, left, confers with John Hawkes as they prepare to shoot a scene at the Bourgeois Pig in August 2008.

“Earthwork” filmmaker Chris Ordal, left, confers with John Hawkes as they prepare to shoot a scene at the Bourgeois Pig in August 2008.

John Hawkes portrays Lawrence artist Stan Herd in the film “Earthwork.” The feature is slated to premiere at the Austin Film Festival at the end of the month.

John Hawkes portrays Lawrence artist Stan Herd in the film “Earthwork.” The feature is slated to premiere at the Austin Film Festival at the end of the month.

Past Event
earthwork Public Screening

  • When: Friday, September 10, 2010, 8 p.m.
  • Where: Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H., Lawrence
  • Cost: $10.50
  • More on this event....

Two years ago, a feature film was being shot in Lawrence.

A crew of up to 60, plus dozens of extras from Lawrence, had a role in making the movie, called “Earthwork.”

For a month, the farm at Pendleton’s County Market was the main set. Most in town likely remember Massachusetts Street being closed for a day of filming.

After postproduction, the three producers — all Kansas University grads, and two still living in Lawrence — took the 93-minute movie on the road, showing it in more than 50 film festivals across the country and winning prestigious awards.

But two years later, few people in Lawrence have seen the finished product. Tonight and this weekend they get their chance. The film will be screened at 8 tonightfriday and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H. A third showing has been added for 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

“Lawrence was very aware of the film being shot here,” says Chris Ordal, producer, writer and director, who will talk to KU film students today. “Now it’s finally coming to Lawrence. Now we are here.”

“Earthwork” is the story of Lawrence crop artist Stan Herd, who in 1994 traveled to New York City to create a massive environmental artwork on land owned by Donald Trump. Skyscrapers would soon be built on the property. Herd recruited homeless people living in a nearby subway tunnel to help complete his work.

John Hawkes, Sol Star of HBO’s “Deadwood” fame, stars as Herd, and Lawrence actress Laura Kirk plays his wife, Janis. James McDaniel, Lt. Fancy from “NYPD Blue” and Zach Grenier, of ABC’s “The Good Wife,” also star.

The film cost $1 million to make, most of which was spent in Lawrence, the producers say.

“This weekend’s screenings are kind of our thank-you to Lawrence,” says Brad Roszell, the film’s producer and editor, who along with Brendon Glad, also an actor in the movie, rounds out the producer trio. “In the end, I think people will be very proud.”

Comments

Ken Miller 4 years, 3 months ago

Congrats to the Hometown Video crew...from your friends in Lansing.

jackpot 4 years, 3 months ago

Gee I bet CBS is mad for ABC taking The Good Wife. The Good Wife is a CBS show.

Kontum1972 4 years, 3 months ago

i find it kind of strange that i worked for Stan a number of times for free and i have never gotten so much as an invite for this "Way to go Stan" screening, and a number of times i was the only one working out there. Not even so much as a Thank you...!

I wont be doing that -------> "Ever Again."

I sure as hell wont be giving him $10.50 too see his flick...! and i hope he reads this....

BruceWayne 4 years, 3 months ago

"i find it kind of strange that i worked for Stan a number of times for free..." I would say the first time was his fault, every time after was on you.

Kontum1972 4 years, 3 months ago

Yep BRUCE....your right.... i am a artist myself and anytime i had people help with my projects i compensated them for their time if not monetarily i would pay for their meals when they worked for me.

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