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Area film festival presents two Baldwin brothers at once (one by Zoom)



A small Friday afternoon audience in Spring Grove got up-close and personal with two members of a famous show business family.

Actor and director Daniel Baldwin appeared in person to show his new documentary “My Promise to PJ” at the Spring Grove Caledonia Film Festival on Friday, and then chatted live by Zoom with his brother Alec Baldwin.

The Baldwins discussed the movie business, the challenges of directing versus acting, and Daniel’s addiction problems which led to rehab, and to a friendship with Patrick Raynor, Jr., the “PJ” in the film’s title.

PJ died from a drug overdose after a long battle with addiction, and the movie shows Daniel’s efforts to fulfill his promise that if PJ could become sober, the two of them would go to Spain together to run with the bulls in Pamplona.

Daniel says the main message of the film is “I always keep my promises.”

Two other acting Baldwin brothers, Stephen and William, appear in the documentary, as well as Alec.

Daniel told the Spring Grove audience of 20 to 30 people that he considers the documentary his best work. Alec, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, said his best work is the new “Boss Baby” animated movie, which happens to play next weekend in Spring Grove.

This is the second year of the Spring Grove Caledonia Film Festival, which runs through Sunday. Daniel Baldwin and last year’s featured festival guest, Ed Asner, are both scheduled to appear in the festival parade Saturday afternoon in Caledonia, and both men will perform in a staged play reading in Caledonia on Saturday night.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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