Sarah McKenzie

Matt Dillon and 'Factotum' burn down Downtown's Fairmont

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The flames are fake, but an indie movie with a hot cast uses a flophouse's final days to film an authentically seedy tale

Local filmmaker Shelli Ainsworth, hired as the scene expert for the indie flick "Factotum" filming on location in the Twin Cities, was searching for some urban grit.

She wanted a place with "texture" harking back to Downtown's old Skid Row district.

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