Work begins on film about state lumber industry

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) - Work has begun on a historical fiction film about the lumber industry in western Wisconsin.

The filming began in Eau Claire on "The Lumber Baron" on July 17. The movie is set in 1910 Chippewa Valley and tells the story of a family lumber business.

The film was written and produced by Karen Hurd and will be her first feature-length film. Hurd has written and directed plays and musicals for years, many of which are about Chippewa Valley's history.

Hurd says the extras are played by locals, but all of the characters with names and those who have lines are played by professional actors.

The crew will be filming at various locations in the area until August. Hurd hopes to wrap up production in early 2018.

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