The Opening Night went on without a hitch! I can’t post my review for Nebraska yet but suffice to say I highly recommend it! It was wildly entertaining and amusing. If you like The Descendants which also deals the quirky family dynamics, I think you’d enjoy Nebraska. Kudos for Alexander Payne for crafting such an engaging, poignant but also hilarious film, boasted by great performances by the cast, especially Bruce Dern. That Best Actor win at Cannes is well-deserved, here’s hoping for more award love for the man.
It was fun to see all the buzz at the Showplace ICON Cinema with everyone mingling and people talking/posing on the red carpet area. There’s even a flashmob going on at the lobby! As people come in the door, our vehicle sponsor FIAT with TCFF logo emblazoned on its shiny exterior is on display!
Speaking of which, did you know there’s a complimentary FIAT Drive-In event on Tuesday night (10/22) from 7-9:30pm right at the Shops at West End. Check out the link for more info.
It’s now DAY 2!
Here are some of the film highlights for today:
The Search For Simon
TCFF Showing: Friday, October 18, 2013 at 12:00pm + Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 9:30pm
In 1979 David Jones’ younger brother Simon, aged 7, disappeared without a trace and was never seen again.
34 years later David is still looking.
This is The Search for Simon.
Directed by: Martin Gooch
Starring: Carol Cleveland (Monty Python), Tom Price (Torchwood), Sophie Aldred (Dr. Who), Lucy Clements (The ABCs of Death), Millie Reeves, Noeleen Comiskey and Chase Masterson (Star-Trek Deep Space 9).
I LOVE British sci-fi comedies and I’ve heard people calling this Shaun of the Dead meets the X-Files! Director Martin Gooch was kind enough to make this specially-made video to answer my questions about the film, check it out!
On behalf of TCFF, THANK YOU Mr. Gooch for your kindly making that video for us. I will post the review after I see the film.
Trust Greed Bullets and Bourbon
TCFF Showing: Friday, October 18, 2013 at 6:45pm (with director Scott Kawczynski attending)
Five years after a simple heist goes awry, a group of thieves reconvene at a cabin in upstate New York, hoping to recover the diamonds they initially stole. Tensions rise as allegiances are made and broken, backs are stabbed and the dirty past is dredged up as the group searches for the diamonds and answers.
Directed by: Scott Kawczynski
Starring: Max Casella (THE SOPRANOS, BLUE JASMINE, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS) and 4 times Tony-nominated actor Danny Burstein (BOARDWALK EMPIRE).
Check out the trailer:
Stay tuned for a special interview post with Scott Kawczynski as well as the review for the film!
Gladiators: The Uncertain Future of American Football documentary
TCFF Showing: Friday, October 18, 2013 at 4:30pm + Friday, October 25, 2013 at 1:45pm
A historical film that tells the story of a game that was always dangerous, and whose dangers, though controversial, were also desired. Since its beginnings in the late nineteenth century, football has become not just Americans’ favorite spectator sport but also a supposed training for manhood; a fundamental part of the American educational system; a pathway for social and economic mobility, with millions of dollars now paid to top players and coaches; a source of personal and communal identity; an unparalleled social ritual; and some of the most powerful stories America tells about itself.
Directed by: Todd Trigsted
Written by: Michael Oriard
Check out the trailer on TCFF Official page.
We Are What We Are
TCFF Showing: Friday, October 18, 2013 at 9:00pm
The Parkers, a reclusive family who follow ancient customs, find their secret existence threatened as a torrential downpour moves into their area, forcing daughters Iris and Rose to assume responsibilities beyond those of a typical family.
Directed by: Jim Mickle
Written by: Jim Mickle and Nick Damici
This horror mystery has been playing in the film festival circuit and got some great critical reviews (85% on Rotten Tomatoes). Seems like a perfect Friday night film for horror fans just in time for [almost] Halloween.
Check out the trailer:
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 www.twincitiesfilmfest.org.
Stay tuned for more TCFF coverage. So any of the films above that caught your eye?
19 thoughts on “TCFF Day 2 Film Highlights: The Search for Simon, Gladiators Football doc, Trust Greed Bullets and Bourbon & more!”
I remember you did a great write up with your friend (jealous!) Scott Kawczynski. This new one of his, TGBB, looks awesome, Ruth. You seem like you’re having a great time at the film festival. 🙂
Hi Cindy! Wish you could come along to TCFF one day, I’ll give you a tour around Twin Cities too 😀 Yeah TGBB is great, I think you’d enjoy it.
It would be a pleasure to have you as a tour guide and think of all the films we could watch and critique.;)
I know! So book your ticket to MN soon then, it’s absolutely gorgeous here in Spring and Autumn 😉
Same invite extended to you if you want the sun and big sky of AZ! Escape your long winter and visit anytime. 😉
Reading the premise for Search for Simons sounded like it is going to be a touching drama, but reading further it’s more like a funny sci-fi spoof. 🙂 Have fun watching all those movies!
Yeah it’s billed as a sci-fi comedy, but there’s perhaps some dramatic moments in it too. Hope you stick around for more TCFF reviews/coverage 😀
Great write up Ruth, I hope to stop by to see a movie there this weekend. Been busy interviewing for new job so I haven’t had a chance to drop by yet.
Don’t forget I got you a ticket for Last Vegas for next Saturday at 3pm though, Becky is going to that too 😀
Some interesting films. I really like the look of Trust Greed Bullets and Bourbon. It kind of reminds me of The Italian Job to a degree. We Are What We Are is so chilling and creepy. I’m sure it will delight thrill seekers. Are you going to see it?
I’ve got my review of We Are What We Are ready for tonight. No my blog volunteer saw it, it’s way too scary for me but looks like it’s a good one if you like horror. Trust Greed Bullets and Bourbon is great as well for those who like heist thrillers!
We are What we Are looks like a interesting horror flick
I think you’ll like it Julian. Review coming tonight! 😀
The Search for Simon, Gladiators and We Are What We Are sound really interesting. I’ll keep an eye out for them.
I’m gonna see The Search for Simon tonight, that looks like a lot of fun! Did you watch the video? That Martin Gooch is a hoot 😀 These are all worth your while, Josh.
Yeah, that video was a fun watch. 🙂
Glad to see some positive remarks about Nebraska. I’m really looking forward to that one.
I really enjoyed Nebraska, more than I thought I would actually. The b&w cinematography is beautiful as well.
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