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Eickhorst hopes movie can be filmed in Bemidji

At age 20, Aaron Eickhorst has big plans for Bemidji.

A 2009 graduate of Bemidji High School, Eickhorst is a full-time student at Bemidji State University. He is studying criminal justice. Although it is his second year in BSU's criminal justice program, Eickhorst sees his potential elsewhere.

"I always wanted to be in film classes at BHS," Eickhorst said. "I was never able to."

Eickhorst made up for that by becoming involved in the film industry, eventually becoming an associate producer for San Diego-based Timescape Entertainment.

"Film has been very prominent in my life for this last year," Eickhorst said.

Eickhorst has worked on film scripts and graphics.

"At first I wanted to be in films," he said, "but there's something special about watching a movie being made."

Eickhorst wants to work as a more involved contributor to film. Because the films usually are shot far away, he is unable to further his participation in them beyond online work.

"Everything I do is still online," Eickhorst said. "Someday I want to be able to go to previews for the movies I work on and eventually work on a film as a production assistant."

Working at Kohl's Resort and being a full-time college student allows for little time for Eickhorst to involve himself in his movies.

Eickhorst is planning to change this, however. He has now been given the opportunity to become a part of a feature film that may be shot Bemidji. The movie is an untitled horror comedy. Executive producer Brad Lyon has paired up with Eickhorst to find businesses in Bemidji that would like to be featured in the movie.

With the product placement of Bemidji businesses, Eickhorst hopes to gather enough funds to allow the film to be cast in Bemidji. If he cannot get enough money, the film will be shot in Michigan.

"Filming permits are very costly in Minnesota," he said, "They are much less expensive in Michigan, but Brad wants to do it here."

Either way, the film will be shot by late August.

"This would be a big step for me," Eickhorst said.

One that could improve his chance to become a part of a feature film.

"I would be able to work with the director and crew," he said. "I'd have definite experience on set."