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Indie movie sets scene in Alpena

ALPENA, Mich. — An indie movie that premieres this weekend has connections to Alpena.

In director Nikk Bergman’s new movie, “Flesh,” a young woman named Emily finds herself transforming into something terrifying. Bergman and his small crew filmed most of the movie in Oscoda, with some scenes in Harrisville and Tawas. But one of his favorite scenes is set in the alley between the Fresh Palate and Noise & Toys.

“She kind of has to accept what’s happening to her. So she’s walking through the alley, and has some stomach pain and kinda drops to the ground. We did a cool one–take, one shot.” Bergman said.

He added that, surprisingly, the scene wasn’t originally in the movie. Only after he passed through the alley on a shopping visit, he got his inspiration.

“It had a very narrow, like, claustrophobic feel to it that worked perfect in horror. And there was some really cool graffiti on the walls that. And it was just kind of a really cool area that we knew once we got our lights and everything we could work with it and make something really unique.”

If you want to see this little piece of Alpena on the big screen, you can attend the premiere of “Flesh” this Friday night at the Shoreline Players Theater in Oscoda. You can reserve tickets over the phone or buy them at the door on opening night.