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A scrim is used to soften the light during the filming of “Heart of Wilderness” on May 16 on a Garden Lake island near Ely. (Derek Montgomery / For MPR News)

Rebates draw small films to Minnesota locations

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They will never be confused with Hollywood, but the forests, lakes and small towns of Northeastern Minnesota have growing appeal to filmmakers who are flocking to the region to shoot small-budget movies.

The state’s decision to sweeten the pot hasn’t hurt.

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