FARGO — For several hours on Friday afternoon, Sept. 20, The Forum building doubled as a police station for an important scene in a feature film being filmed here.
The cast and crew for "Tankhouse" set up equipment in the front entrance to The Forum, 101 Fifth St. N., for "one of the most pivotal transition scenes" in the movie, as producer Matt Cooper said. "Tankhouse" is a film about a couple exiled from the New York City theater industry who decide to come to Fargo and begin a "theatrical revolution."
The building was standing in for the police station and the scene involved the protagonists of the movie being released from jail after a run-in with law enforcement, Cooper said.
To play the role of police officers in this makeshift police station, the film recruited two actual Fargo police officers to be in the movie.
Officers Dean Jordheim and Jim Kringlie said they were asked by Chief David Todd to be in the movie and accepted the opportunity.
Jordheim said being in the movie was "exciting," adding that the role he had to play in the background as an officer booking another suspect was "more than enough."
Both officers had nonspeaking roles, with Kringlie jokingly adding that they were given "no lines for us to mess up."
Kringlie, who had the more visible screen role as the police officer releasing the protagonists, said he found the set interesting and that there were "lots of moving parts."
Jordheim and Kringlie said they thought "it was great" that a major film was being filmed in Fargo and featuring its location, especially the downtown area, in a prominent way.
Cooper said the crew plans on filming in Fargo for about another two weeks.
"Tankhouse" is produced by Los Angeles-based Momentum Studios and Click Content Studios, a video production company owned by Fargo-based Forum Communications Co. For more on the movie, go to the official site.