TCFF Day 5 and 6 Highlights: MN Shorts, Ghost Light, The Armstrong Lie documentary, They Will Outlive Us All

TCFF_2013CoverageBnr

Here are what’s in store for Day 5 and Day 6 at TCFF. As you can see, there’s something cool to look forward to every single day, and there’s always something for everyone! I’m a bit sidelined by a cold today so I had to skip one of the films I had gotten a ticket for. But hey, there are still a bunch of films in store for this week so I’m taking LOTS of vitamins so I can be on the up and up again covering for TCFF 😀

DAY 5 Highlights – Oct 21

MN Shorts Part 1

Showing: Monday, October 21st at 6:15 pm

A collection of best shorts from the state of MN

  • The Tale of Cuthbert – 5 minutes
    Cuthbert is a zombie who just doesn’t fit in with the other zombies. His brother is the leader and tries to teach Cuthbert the techniques to being a better zombie. But can Cuthbert change who he is? Or will he be banished?
  • DeadOfWinter_ShortDead of Winter – 8 minutes
    Running low on supplies needed for her survival, Bethany Stevens (Lisie Krohnfeldt) is forced to venture out into an inhospitable world full of frozen zombies, bitter cold and loneliness.
  • The Gold Sparrow – 13 minutes
    Set in a crumbling black-and-white futuristic metropolis, void of creativity and color, the city is traversed by The Gold Sparrow and her nefarious side kick, The Ring Leader.
  • The First Date – 36 minutes
    How far will fate go? Jack and Rachel are about to find out. Destined to be soul mates, these two are embarking on a lifelong love. There’s only one problem – they have to get past their first date. 
  • A Letter Home – 4 minutes
    An isolated man maintains hope in a hopeless situation. A LETTER HOME is Karl Warnke’s directorial debut.
  • Clutch – 4 minutes
    Tommy has been made an offer he literally cannot refuse. “One ball, one strike and I’ll let you live”.
  • Duluth is Horrible– 17 minutes
    A series of vignettes chronicling a few lonely people in Duluth, MN searching for a connection in a bleak winter. 

Ghost Light

GhostLight_MNfilm

Showing: Monday, October 21st at 8:45 pm

Special Guests: John Gaspard (Director) & Cast and Crew

When a key prop goes missing during an amateur theater company performance, the actors suspect the theater ghosts are acting up. The group decides to spend the night in the eccentric old building, watching for paranormal activity.

This feature was filmed at Theatre in the Round here in Minneapolis. Here’s the 30-second preview:


Joe from the MN Movie Man Blog calls it ‘…an enjoyably well-put together film… Though its pretense may suggest a spooky ghost tale, this is a delicate, well-observed drama that has its heart, mind, and earthly spirit in the right place.’  Read the full review »


DAY 6 Highlights – Oct 22

The Armstrong Lie

TheArmstrongLie

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6:30pm

Directed by Alex Gibney

Four years ago, Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks) was commissioned to film Lance Armstrong’s second comeback, for the 2009 Tour de France. Years later, following Armstrong’s cheating confessions, Gibney returned to his original source material, discovering in the process an electrifying, red-handed portrait of a liar in action.

This is one of the documentary I was looking forward to the most and certainly is the most high profile playing at TCFF. Gibney is an Oscar winner and is no stranger to tackling a hot-button topic (ENRON, Wikileaks) and has won an Oscar for Taxi to The Dark Side, an exposé on the treatment of prisoners in Afghanistan, Iraq and Cuba. I find the shift in focus of this documentary from a comeback story to one of the biggest scandal in the world of sport is particularly intriguing. It’s interesting that the producers of the film were initially big fans of Armstrong.

They Will Outlive Us All

TheyWillOutliveUsAll

Showing: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:30pm

Directed by Patrick Shearer

In the years since Hurricane Sandy, New York has been brought to its knees by a series of “Frankenstorms”.  Roommates Margot and Daniel attempt to survive this “new” New York by avoiding it at all costs. But with the advent of three strange deaths in their Brooklyn building, the world they’ve been hiding from is knocking hard on the back door. It’s time for our heroes to kill their TV, lay off the booze, and put out the roach… Or all of NYC could fall into the clutches of something that can’t even clutch.


TCFFTickets

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.


Any one of these films caught your eye, folks?

Advertisements

16 thoughts on “TCFF Day 5 and 6 Highlights: MN Shorts, Ghost Light, The Armstrong Lie documentary, They Will Outlive Us All

  1. I’ve heard a lot about the documentary about Lance Armstrong. What a cheater. The fact that Sheryl Crow even knew about it and never said anything doesn’t surprise me as she too is just bad as she is.

    1. Hi Steven! Hmmm I never thought about Sheryl Crow knowing about the doping but yeah she must have known right? I don’t know the reason why they broke up though, could it be that she didn’t want to live a lie anymore? In any case, yeah it’s so troublesome what Lance got away with, good thing it all finally came to light.

    1. The higher you soar, the higher you fall too. The crazy thing is, practically EVERYONE in Tour de France were doping, but yeah, it’s a nasty scandal all around.

        1. Ahah yeah, there are a bunch of people in Tour De France who were doping it’s just Lance went to such length to cover it up, so the real scandal is not about the doping but more about his abuse of power.

  2. All these films are new to me. I’m a fan of short films (and horror), so I’ll be sure to note those! Which was your favorite short film from the festival? I’m guessing Dead of Winter, since you added the image 🙂

    Hope you recover from your cold soon, Ruth.

    1. Hello Chris! I actually can’t make it to the short film from last night. I added the Dead of Winter pic as I like that one the best from the others 🙂

      As far as shorts go, I really like Hot & Bothered which I’d be highlighting with an interview w/ the director, so stay tuned! Thanks so much for reading my TCFF post.

  3. The Armstrong Lie feels like a must watch. If he wasn’t caught, he would have gone down as one of the greatest athletes of all-time. People were saying he had one of the lowest rest-heart-rates ever and so on. Even without the scandal his life would have been an interesting documentary. With it, its an even more compelling watch!

    1. It was so well-done, Chris, definitely one of the best docs I’ve seen so far, and not just at TCFF. Gibney is really a master at doc filmmaking.

    1. Hi Keith, it was really well-made too, definitely try to look for that when it’s available. One of the best docs I’ve seen and also one of the most entertaining.

  4. Pingback: TCFF 2014 Documentary Reviews: Stray Dog, Flying Paper, Where The Trail Ends & One Good Year |

Join the conversation by leaving a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s