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Wilson director will be at the free MN premiere Wednesday

The filmed-in-Minnesota movie Wilson is getting a free red carpet showing Wednesday night.

And the director will be in attendance to do a Q&A afterward.

The screening at ICON Showplace Theater in St. Louis Park – which will be the regional premiere – starts at 7 p.m., with a whole red carpet deal starting 45 minutes beforehand.

The event will include a pre-show mixer and a post-show Q&A, with Director Craig Johnson in attendance, Twin Cities Film Fest says. Johnson also helmed the film The Skelton Twins, starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, and an episode of the TV series Looking.

Paul Cram, an actor from Wyoming, Minnesota, who plays the character Piper in Wilson, is also slated to attend, according to organizers.

The red carpet premiere is free – but only via a rush line, with tickets available on a first come, first served basis. So a seat isn’t guaranteed. You can see the details here. If you’re a Twin Cities Film Fest member however you can reserve a seat ahead of time.

Wilson stars Woody Harrelson as a “lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope” who finds out his ex-wife (played by Laura Dern) had his child – about whom he never knew. Judy Greer, Cheryl Hines and Isabella Amara are also in the film.

It shot in and around St. Paul over the summer of 2015, including at a farmers market, Lake Minnetonka, Como Zoo, Mall of America, and Lake Street in Minneapolis. The shoot took advantage of Minnesota’s Snowbate program, which offers rebates of 25 percent for eligible production costs during filming in the state.

Wilson premiered at Sundance Film Festival last month, and was apparently a festival hit, though Metacritic reviews so far are mixed. It’s based on a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes. The film will get a full release on March 24.

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