2013 TCFF Daily Journal:


Twin Cities Film Fest will again feature several studio Award contenders including Nebraska, the 2013 TCFF Opening Film and latest from celebrated filmmaker Alexander Payne; the captivating TCFF Centerpiece The Armstrong Lie by Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side); and star-studded Gala Films Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom & August: Osage County.  TCFF will also showcase several Hollywood Sneak Peeks including One Chance, Last Vegas & We Are What We Are.

TCFF also celebrates extraordinary Minnesota talent and connections, spotlighting more than 20 world premieres of locally-produced features and short films! The critically-acclaimed Pollywogs was filmed in the north country by Minnesotan Karl Jacob.  The horror film Delivery, a hit on the festival circuit, was created, scripted and directed by Minnesota natives Brian Netto and Adam Schindler.

TCFF will conclude on Saturday, October 26 with the Midwest Premiere of Nothing Without You, featuring a fearless performance by Emily Fradenburg. Fradenburg, based out of the Midwest and a well-known presence in the Twin Cities filmmaking community will be in attendance for this red carpet Premiere. Check out the Film Highlights video featuring TCFF hosts Doug Sidney and Ingrid Moss:

Tickets are on-sale now for EXTRAS Club Members and will be open to the public beginning Friday, October 4.  2013.

Ticket Prices are as follows:
General Admission $10; Opening/Closing Gala $20; Centerpiece Gala $20; Sneak Preview Galas $20.  Festival Passes can also be purchased:  Silver $50 for 6 films; Gold $70 for 10 films; or Platinum $120 for 12 films + 2 tickets to Opening, Closing or Gala. (Silver and Gold Packages do not include Opening, Closing or Gala Tickets).

For more information and to purchase tickets visit

Full Schedule:

2013 TCFF Official Screen Sponsor: Wade Financial Group

Thursday, October 17 (OPENING NIGHT)      

7:00 p.m.:  Nebraska, Alexander Payne, 110m

Friday, October 18

12:00 p.m.:  The Search for Simon, Martin Gooch, 96m

2:00 p.m.:  American Cycle, Baruh Benjamins and Fernando del Valle, 82m

4:30 p.m.: Gladiators: The Uncertain Future of American Football, Todd Trigsted, 90m

6:45 p.m.: Trust, Greed, Bullets & Bourbon, Scott Kawczynski, 85m

9:00 p.m.: We Are What We Are, Jim Mickle, 105m

Saturday, October 19          

10:30 p.m.: American Meat, Graham Meriwether, 88m

         1:00 p.m.: Rain Man, Barry Levinson, 133m

4:00 p.m.: Forev, Molly Green & James Leffler, 88m

6:30 p.m.: Winter in the Blood, Alex & Andrew Smith, 98m

6:45 p.m.: Bahamian Son (Sneak Preview), Andrew Melby, 85m

          9:00 p.m.: Screwed, John Wynn, 96m

9:15 p.m.: Truth or Dare, Jessica Cameron, 80m

Sunday, October 20

10:00 p.m.: Cafeteria Man, Richard Chisolm, 95m

12:15 p.m.: Brasslands, Meerkat Media Collective, 84m

2:30 p.m.: Farah Goes Bang, Meera Menon, 91m

5:00 p.m.: Family Shorts, Conor Holt, Sandra Capra, John Gigrich, Rob Walstead, Alexander Cooney, Alaina L. Lewis, John Gigrich, Kris Dunlap, Beth Vang, 79m

7:15 p.m.: Diamond on Vinyl, J.R. Hughto, 95m

9:30 p.m.: The Search for Simon, Martin Gooch, 96m

Monday, October 21          

6:15 p.m.: MN’s Best Shorts BLOCK 1, Karl Warnke, Geoff George, Dan Delano, Vincent Gargiulo, Mason Makram, Daniel Stessen, Chars Bonin, 87m

8:45 p.m.: Ghost Light, John Gaspard, 85m

Tuesday, October 22          

6:30 p.m.: The Armstrong Lie, Alex Gibney, 122m

9:30 p.m.: They Will Outlive Us All, Patrick Shearer, 73m

Wednesday, October 23          

4:00 p.m.: Beyond Right and Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness,

6:15 p.m.: MN’s Best Shorts BLOCK 2, John Heimbuch, Brittany Gustafson,

Kevin Horn, John Karsko, Peter Baehr, John Akre, John Gigrich, 82m

6:30 p.m.: The Liability, Craig Viveiros, 86m

8:30 p.m.: How I Live Now, Kevin Macdonald, 101m

9:00 p.m.: Casual Encounters, Will McCord, 79m

Thursday, October 24          

12:30 p.m.: MCTC shorts, MCTC Students, 60m

2:00 p.m.: Forty Years From Yesterday, Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck, 77m

4:00 p.m.: The Big Noise, Dominic Pelosi, 80m

6:00 p.m.: The One Who Loves You, Katharyn Grant, 95m

6:30 p.m.: One Chance, David Frankel, 103 min

8:30 p.m.: The Appearing, Daric Gates, 92m

9:15 p.m.: August: Osage County, John Wells, 103m

Friday, October 25          

11:30 a.m.: Antarctica: A Year On Ice, Anthony Powell, 92m

1:45 p.m.: Gladiators: The Uncertain Future of American Football, Todd Trigsted, 90m

4:00 p.m.: Tapia, Eddie Alcazar, 82m

6:15 p.m.: Bloom Series, Jeet-Kei Leung, 120m

6:30 p.m.: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Justin Chadwick, 152m

9:00 p.m.: A Method, Paul von Stoetzel, 62m

9:45 p.m.: Delivery, Brian Netto, 87m

Saturday, October 26  (CLOSING NIGHT)

10:45 p.m.: Remote Area Medical, Jeff Reichert & Farihah Zaman, 83m

1:00 p.m.: Pollywogs, Karl Jacob and T. Arthur Cottam, 79m

3:00 p.m.: Last Vegas, Jon Turteltaub, 104m

5:45 p.m.: Wild Blue, Josh Hope, 100m

6:00 p.m.: August: Osage County, John Wells, 103m

8:30 p.m.: Nothing Without You, Xackery Irving, 95m

See below for more info and trailers on some films premiering at TCFF:



After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America. NEBRASKA is written by Bob Nelson and directed by Alexander Payne, which last film The Descendants won Best Adapted Screenplay.

Dern won Best Actor award at Cannes in this comedy drama, and in this interview with Filmmaker Magazine, Dern “…considered Alexander Payne to be a “genius” and why he “wouldn’t dare” to deviate from Payne’s script because “he’s too good.” Check out the this clip from Cannes:


James Corden as Paul Potts

James Corden as Paul Potts

From the director of The Devil Wears Prada, ONE CHANCE is a comedy based on the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for ‘Britain’s Got Talent.’

Fresh from celebrating his Tony Award-winning Broadway run in One Man, Two Guvnors, BAFTA winner James Corden (The History Boys) stars as Paul Potts and is supported by an acclaimed ensemble cast that includes Julie Walters (Mamma Mia!, Calendar Girls, Billy Elliot), Colm Meaney (Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa ), Jemima Rooper (Kinky Boots, Lost in Austen) and Alexandra Roach (The Iron Lady). Directed by David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Hope Springs) and written by Justin Zackham (The Bucket List).

Check out the trailer below:

TCFF’s Silver, Gold and Platinum Passes are now available!


(while supplies last)



The film is based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society. Idris Elba (Pacific Rim, Prometheus) stars as Nelson Mandela, Naomie Harris (Skyfall) stars as Winnie Mandela, with Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) directing.

I LOVE this cast! I’m a huge fan of Elba, who I think would make a fine Bond (if the producers are brave enough for a Black Bond) and Naomi was a sassy Bond girl in Skyfall so what a perfect pairing! I’ve seen about three Nelson Mandela films so far, with actors of various built and height portraying the titular world leader. I must say that Elba seems too big physically (not to mention hunky!) to play Mandela, but hey, it sounds like a meaty role for the talented actor, so I’m definitely looking forward to this!



This is one of those movies I’d watch just for the cast. I mean, just look at the names in that poster! This film is based on Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name made its Broadway debut in December 2007. It continued with a successful international run and was the winner of five Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Play.

It tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is directed by John Wells (The Company Men) and features an all-star cast, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham.

This is one of my most-anticipated Fall movies so I’m thrilled TCFF’s got it! There’s already Oscar buzz on Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in the Best Supporting Actress category. Now, I’m particularly curious about Cumberbatch’s role in this, who along with McGregor are the only two Brits in this star-studded cast.

Check out the full SPECIAL EVENTS schedule that include Screenwriters Showcase, FIAT Drive-in, as well as after parties/mixers held at the West End. Free admissions with Same Day Ticket Stub or Specialty Pass.


Counting Down to TCFF:

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Highlights from 2011:

Twin Cities Film Fest is celebrating the summer with a block party at The Shops at WestEnd on July 16. Join us for this FREE event featuring live music, fashion and art. Visit the TCFF Official page for details.

Highlights from 2010:

This will be the dedicated page for all blog posts/info related to the Twin Cities Film Fest.

View the line-up of films premiering at the 5-day event.

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    • Hi Guy, welcome to FC! No unfortunately I couldn’t see Lambent Fuse as it was on the exact same time as Machine Gun Preacher. I’m connected to Matt Cici on Twitter and I talked to him at one of the panels. I’m hoping to get an interview with him also and will be featuring his film on my blog when it’s available at local theaters for the general public.

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