It’s a wrap! ‘Moonlight’ and MN-made ‘Blood Stripe’ won TCFF 2016 top awards

It's a wrap!! The 2016 TCFF has concluded Saturday night with a festive closing night party. I saw four films Saturday night. Starting with two great documentaries Actors Of Sound and Free Cece, followed by two powerful emotional dramas, Lion and Moonlight. I had been crying so much watching Lion, a wonderful depiction of an incredible true …

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Musings on the TCFF 2016 Award finalists … championing indie films & women in film

I haven't had even an hour to blog all day today as I was watching films, interviewing talents and socializing at the mixer at the beautiful festival lounge at the Shoppes at West End. My head is still spinning as I'm writing this… my body is exhausted but my spirits are high from the exhilaration of …

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TCFF 2016 Short Film Reviews: ‘The Clubhouse’ + ‘Hookin’ Up’ + ‘The Mermaid Story’ + ‘Twinsburg’

Can't believe we only have two more days of TCFF! It's been quite a whirlwind couple of weeks for me, and I've been running pretty much on adrenaline! It's been so awesome meeting new people, from filmmakers, talents, producers, etc., it's been so exhilarating and inspiring! I'll be sure to include pictures in my closing night post! Today we've …

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TCFF 2016 Reviews: ‘Oxenfree’ + ‘The Eyes Of My Mother’

'Oxenfree' Review Many of us may remember that expression we used at the end of our games of Hide and Seek – “Olly, Olly, Oxenfree!” The longing to return to juvenile games and stories is a theme in “Oxenfree,” the feature film that had its world premiere at the Twin Cities Film Fest last night. I …

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TCFF 2016 Indie Horror Spotlight: Lake Runs Red – interview w/ director Jason Riesgraf + producer Jeff Fuller

Those who read my blog regularly knows I have such feeble nerves that I can't handle most horror movies. But I'm always up for supporting indie films, especially Minnesota-made films! So when I got the chance to interview the filmmakers behind Lake Runs Red, I jumped at it. It's a home-invasion horror + psychological thriller …

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TCFF Indie Film Spotlight: ‘The Architect’ + Interview with writer/director Jonathan Parker

When I saw the trailer for this indie film, I was immediately intrigued! Firstly, I LOVE Parker Posey AND James Frain, and the premise sounds ripe for an offbeat comedy. When a couple sets out to build their dream house, they enlist the services of an uncompromising modernist architect, who proceeds to build HIS dream house instead …

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TCFF 2016 Documentary Reviews: ‘In Search Of America’ + ‘Beyond The Thrill’ + ‘The Unrelenting Charlie Davies’

There's no shortage of great documentaries at TCFF! Today we've got a trio of reviews, thanks to FC contributor Sarah Johnson, my awesome reviewing partner during the film fest. Check out her bio page here, she's a MN-based freelance writer who also writes for City Pages. 'In Search Of America' Review Haven’t gotten enough of the …

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TCFF Indie Film Spotlight: ‘Miles Between Us’ + Interview with lead actor Dariush Moslemi

I love road movies and Miles Between Us is an engaging mix of road trip + inspirational family drama. It's a Minnesota-made production, and most of the scenes shot around the Twin Cities, so it's cool to see a sold-out screening of it on Sunday. It also has a Minnesota crew, including one of TCFF staff members Briana …

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TCFF 2016 Documentaries Reviews: ‘Denial’ + ‘Prison Dogs’

We're now on its halfway point of the 11-day film festivities! I've been watching plenty of documentaries back to back, and today we've got reviews of two excellent ones we highly recommend. 'Denial' Review Our nation’s electrical grid and having a transgender family member. The two don’t seem to be related, do they? They will after you …

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Guest Review: Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

I’m going to be honest: my expectations for this movie were not high. This mostly has to do with its predecessor, 2014’s Ouija (brought to you by Hasbro Studios: the same company responsible for next fall’s My Little Pony: The Movie - no, I’m not kidding). Not that Ouija was awful- it was just forgettable: …

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