Upcoming Local Event: Twin Cities Film Fest Coming Sept. 28!

Happy Monday all! Hope your weekend was a good one. It’s been a hectic but fun one for me as I participated in two local events back to back yesterday. My hubby and a bunch of my friends did the annual St. Paul Classics Bike Tour (the new Lilydale loop was absolutely gorgeous!), followed by a hearty brunch buffet, and then off to a volunteer meeting for the first ever Twin Cities Film Fest with my pal Becky (a.k.a Prairiegirl).

I’ve only attended ONE film festival in my life, which was Toronto International Film Festival or TIFF for short about five years ago, but it left a big impression on me. I remember wishing I could be a part of an event like that, you know, as a volunteer or what not, but I don’t know why I never got around to until now. And the opportunity sort of presented itself early this Summer. I was part of a video shoot for a product launch at work, and the actor we happened to hire was none other than the festival’s executive director, Jatin Setia! My co-workers was the one who told me that he’s working on this event, knowing that I’m a movie blogger. So I emailed him that I’d be interested in blogging about and volunteering for the event and so here I am!

I’m so excited to be a part of this grassroots happening that the Minneapolis mayor called “… a [celebration] of cinema on a larger scale than previously seen in the region.” Another board of directors member, seasoned actor/producer/member Bill Cooper, gave us a spiel about the vision of the festival and said how this event has exceeded everyone’s expectations. They had wished for one studio film and they’ve got FIVE (i.e. the Sean Penn/Naomi Watts thriller Fair Game, the John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy), totaling 30+ features with an eclectic mix of studio and independent feature films and shorts. This is just exciting stuff, and I can’t agree more with what he said to Becky and I afterward: this city needs it! There have been other festivals in town, but these guys have big dreams, and they, as well as we avid MN moviegoers want to see it come true. And that is, in the years to come, we’ll be the festivals movie bloggers and watchers would be buzzing about the way they do Tribeca, Sundance, TIFF, etc. Didn’t I mention they have big dreams? πŸ™‚ But hey, why not, as a wise man once says, “we are limited, not by our abilities, but by our vision,” TIFF wasn’t THIS big 34 years ago when it first premiered. In fact, according to this site, “TIFF had a setback in its first year when Hollywood studios decided to withdraw their contributions, apparently considering the Toronto audience base too parochial.”

So, I will be blogging more about TCFF up until and during the film festival, in the meantime, please peruse the official site for the films featured in the 5-day event. Stay tuned for more!

Btw, has any of you have had experience covering for or being a part of a local film festival?

12 thoughts on “Upcoming Local Event: Twin Cities Film Fest Coming Sept. 28!

  1. PrairieGirl

    Never been to a film festival so I am a FF virgin! Totally looking forward to our volunteer experience, and also seeing Nowhere Boy. John always was my favorite Beatle. And then the after-event at Brits Pub? Who knew there were parties too?! πŸ˜‰ Cool!

    1. I’m so glad you’re going to be volunteering with me! Yes, I’m so looking forward to Nowhere Boy too, it’s got a great British cast and of course Lennon’s got such a fascinating life story worth telling. And Brits Pub after party, yay, but I wish I didn’t have to work the next day 😦

  2. I’m a bit disappointed at the lineup scheduled and there is only maybe 2 or 3 that I sort of want to see. It is nice to have a second film festival in the Twin Cities this year though and let’s hope this one grows and grows and grows to be as good as the MSP International Film Festival πŸ™‚

    1. Well, this is just the first year Castor… it’ll get better surely. I’m actually impressed that they’re able to get 5 studio films and even the indie ones look good, too. I actually didn’t know about MSPIFF (heh, TCFF is an easier acronym :)) I noticed the banner on your site, that’s pretty much it.

      What movies are you interested in? Maybe I’m volunteering those days πŸ™‚

      1. I sort of want to see Conviction, Fair Game (outside shot) and Secretariat (outside shot too lol). That’s really cool that you are volunteering at the festival!

        1. Good picks, Castor. I’ll watch Fair Game for Naomi Watts and Hilary Swank + Sam Rockwell [hopefully] = good movie πŸ™‚ I’m so looking forward to being a part of this, always wanted to do it every since I attended TIFF. Hope to see you there Castor!

  3. Mike B.

    In all seriousness, what a gig! Providing the blog/coverage for an event like this is quite an accomplishment and a well deserved one at that. Looks like I’ll have two movie blog links to check out every morning when this thing gets rolling …

    1. Thanks Mike! I do hope you will buy tickets to see a few movies at the Fest. Be sure to check the tab link at the top of the banner for more blog posts about TCFF.

  4. Pingback: Counting Down to 2016 Twin Cities Film Fest! Spotlight on indie films I can’t wait to see

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