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Forum Communications Co., Published June 20 2011

Oscar nominee John Howkes returns to Alexandria to promote new film

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. – Alexandria native and 2011 Academy Award nominee for best supporting actor John Hawkes will be here this weekend for a viewing of his new movie, “Earthwork.”

The movie casts Hawkes as Stan Herd, a real-life crop artist who traveled from Kansas to New York City and risked everything to create a massive environmental artwork on land owned by Donald Trump.

Hawkes will attend an 11:30 a.m. Friday screening of the film at Cinema 9 and will lead a question-and-answer session and meet-and-greet following the movie.

There are only 250 tickets available to the viewing, and the cost is $15 per ticket, which includes lunch catered by Jimmy John’s.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at the Alexandria Area Arts Association box office from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (320) 762-8300 or stop by 618 Broadway. All proceeds benefit the AAAA Theatre’s loading dock fundraising project.

Hawkes promoted his last film, “Winter’s Bone,” at Cinema 9 in July 2010 and hosted a Q-and-A session with the sold-out audience after the show. Hawkes was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in that movie.

“Earthwork” sounds like quite a shift from the gritty, depressed and violent world in “Winter’s Bone.”

In the new movie, Hawke’s real-life character creates a multi-acre art piece made from soil, rock, plants and vegetation near an underground railway tunnel.

Herd, the artist, recruited a number of homeless individuals living in the tunnel as his crew. Throughout the process, he unexpectedly encountered the true meaning of his art and its ultimate lasting rewards.

“Earthwork” will be playing at Cinema 9 Friday through Tuesday.

Hawkes still has family living in the Alexandria area, including mother Pat Perkins, father Pete Perkins, sister Lori Geris, sister Teri Perkins and brother Scott Perkins.