'Duluth is Horrible' writer-director debuts short film in Duluth


The filmmaker behind the short film "Duluth is Horrible" screened it for locals this week, and as it turns out, the city doesn't look so horrible in the movie after all, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

Vincent Gargiulo, who raised $10,000 to shoot the film through a Kickstarter campaign last winter, debuted the 17-minute film at the Explorers Club at Zinema 2 in Downtown Duluth Tuesday.

In his Kickstarter pitch, Gargiulo called the film "a series of vignettes chronicling a few lonely people in Duluth, MN searching for a connection in a bleak winter. It’s a comedy. Sorta."

He filmed "Duluth is Horrible" on location in February.

See the trailer for "Duluth is Horrible" below.

Gargiulo, who is from San Francisco, told the audience that Duluth was welcoming, and "it's disgustingly easy to get locations and actors here."

The film's title didn't detract any city officials from attending, including Duluth Mayor Don Ness, who was among those in line for a second screening, the News Tribune said.

When asked about the title of the film, Gargiulo got big laughs when he said it "was sponsored by the Superior Chamber of Commerce."

See Gargiulo's original Kickstarter video pitch for "Duluth is Horrible" below.

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