The 'Flim Flam Man' gets a script reading

Vogel and Horberg
Jennifer Vogel wrote the memoir "Flim Flam Man" which producer Bill Horberg is making into the film "Flag Day." Horberg hopes that the film could be shot in Minnesota as early as next year, although an impending writers strike may get in the way.
MPR photo/Euan Kerr

Twin Cities film fans have a unique opportunity on tap. For one night only, a group of local actors will present a staged reading of "Flag Day." It's a screenplay based on Minneapolis writer Jennifer Vogel's award-winning memoir "Flim Flam Man."

The book explores Vogel's relationship with her father John, a felon on the run, accused of counterfeiting $20 million. Vogel describes how she came to see deep flaws in the man she once idolized.

Mitchell, Vogel, and Horberg
Robb Mitchell of the Screenwriters Workshop will direct the cast of local actors performing the staged reading of "Flag Day." Jennifer Vogel says she is looking forward to hearing the presentation. Bill Horberg says the performance will allow him to watch an audience reacting to the script.
MPR photo/Euan Kerr

Accomplished British screenwriter Jez Butterworth wrote the screenplay. Butterworth had to cancel his travels here because of work on another script. However the film's producer Bill Horberg will be at the reading. Horberg made "Cold Mountain" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley."

Jennifer Vogel admitted to Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr she's already heard the script once.

Your support matters.

You make MPR News possible. Individual donations are behind the clarity in coverage from our reporters across the state, stories that connect us, and conversations that provide perspectives. Help ensure MPR remains a resource that brings Minnesotans together.