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Minn. film that mistakenly landed director, actors in jail to debut

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A film shot in St. Paul that mistakenly led to the arrests of the writer-director and three actors will make it local premiere Friday, the Pioneer Press reports.

The final scene of "The Minnesota Delivery" was being filmed on the North End of St. Paul on Sept. 27 when residents -- apparently unaware of the production -- reported a car crash and people running around with guns.

After the scene was filmed, about 10 squad cars arrived, police drew their weapons and ordered filmmaker Tim Christian and three of the actors to get on the ground, the Pioneer Press says.

According to a report by investigators, police found "four individuals in the area, some armed with handguns, running through a yard, taking cover behind a vehicle while pointing the weapon."

As it turned out, the four were armed with realistic-looking Airsoft pellet pistols and a 35 mm camera.

According to the summary of the film on the Internet Movie Database, "The Minnesota Delivery" is about peaceful man's wild cousin from Chicago who comes to Minnesota with plans to take over the streets of the Twin Cities.

Christian tells the paper that he was held in jail for about 48 hours, while the actors -- David Simanek, Geoffrey Brown and Destiny Soria -- were held in jail for about 24 hours. Neither Christian or the actors were charged.

Christian said police returned the film crew's gear, including the digital camera with the footage on it. While police kept the production's fake prop money, fake prop drugs and fake blood, the filmmaker held on to something St. Paul Police Sgt. and spokesman Paul Paulos said in a Star Tribune article.

Paulos' quote -- "It did create a lot of fear in the neighborhood" -- is featured on "The Minnesota Delivery" movie poster.

The filmmaker said the scene that caused the incident with police ended up in the final cut of the $40,000 film, which will make its debut at the New Amsterdam Bar and Hall. The film is also coming out on DVD and Internet streaming services.

"I think it was a beautiful shot," Christian told the Pioneer Press. "I think it was worth it."

See the trailer for "The Minnesota Delivery" below.

See the full movie poster for "The Minnesota Delivery" below.

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