By Molly Moser
During a three-day weekend last winter, two college friends filmed a full-length reinterpretation of the 1990 holiday classic, Home Alone. Liz Smith, a 2007 CRHS graduate, invited her close friend Kari Houghtaling, of Milwaukee, Wis., to Guttenberg to create a film they call Abode Solo. Smith has been editing the film for nearly a year, and a premiere is scheduled in Guttenberg on Friday, Dec. 19.
“Liz and I knew each other all four years of college at Luther, but we became best friends during senior year of college – which was when we discovered our mutual love of Home Alone,” Houghtaling explained. “Last year, Liz and I were both in the Midwest over the holidays, and she suggested that I come to Guttenberg for an extended weekend to film a remake. I didn't know how serious she was until she sent me part of a script (transcribed from the original film).”
The two filmmakers played the majority of characters in the story, and they used St. John’s Lutheran Church, Benders, and Lindsanator’s Liquor as shooting locations. They took various street shots and filmed numerous scenes at the Smith home on Lorenz Lane, and did just one scene at the Milwaukee airport.
“Filming the movie in different Guttenberg locations was really special because it gave me a great sense of how friendly, welcoming, and supportive the town is, and how important relationships are in the community,” Houghtaling reflected. “We would just ask to use a space (usually at the last minute) and people were so helpful and accommodating.”