TORONTO STANDOUT NOMADLAND NAMED CLOSING NIGHT TITLE, CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED BLACK BOYS TO OPEN FEST OCT. 22
For first time ever, TCFF to showcase catalog of premieres, documentaries and Midwestern productions via hybrid model that includes physically-distanced screenings, live-stream exclusives as well as digital on-demand. 2020 program to include special series dedicated to technology, female filmmakers and BIPOC communities
Minneapolis, Minnesota (October 1, 2020) — The Twin Cities Film Fest, presented by VumaTV, announced its full 2020 film schedule Thursday, set to screen Oct. 22-31 via a ‘Hybrid’ format that will include online on-demand streaming through TwinCitiesFilmFest.org as well as select distanced screenings at the Kerasotes ShowPlace ICON Theatres at The Shops at West End. TCFF 2020 marks the organization’s 11th anniversary and arrives at a time where many visual arts organizations are struggling to stay open and continue providing their service of bringing communities together.
“There was never a doubt that TCFF was going to take place this year,” said Jatin Setia, TCFF’s Executive Director. “We know the positive impact that film arts, independent storytelling, and unique perspectives can have on the fabric of our culture and community. We wanted to lean into the opportunities and hit ‘fast forward’ on what our organization could bring to the wider arts conversation during this most difficult year. I’m so proud of my team and our supporters in making sure that TCFF not only happens this unprecedented year, but it leaps forward and innovates new ways to bring a cinematic community together to share a vision — and a conversation.”
The festival opens Oct. 22 with the acclaimed documentary Black Boys, an intimate, inter-generational story that offers profound insight into black identity and opportunity at the nexus of sports, education and criminal justice. Director Sonia Lowman will appear in a pre-recorded conversation.
This year’s closing night selection is Nomadland, Chloe Zhao’s festival award-winning drama starring Frances McDormand as a displaced widow who chooses a nomadic lifestyle. The film won the coveted people’s choice award at the Toronto International Film Festival, instantly catapulting it into the Oscar conversation.
Editor (Ruth’s note): I’m beyond thrilled that NOMADLAND is one of TCFF’s lineup this year!! That’s the one film I’ve been hugely anticipating, as I absolutely loved Zhao’s sophomore feature The Rider.
Nomadland‘s synopsis: Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, NOMADLAND features real nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West. Here’s the teaser:
Other notable 2020 selections: Sound of Metal, Darius Marder’s directorial debut, which features a powerful performance from actor, rapper, and activist Riz Ahmed;
Sylvie’s Love, Eugene Ashe’s new Harlem romance starring Tessa Thompson;
and Uncle Frank, a comedy by Alan Ball, the writer of American Beauty, True Blood and Six Feet Under, featuring an all-star cast including Paul Bettany, Steve Zahn and Sophia Lillis.
The majority of this year’s festival selections will be available via the TCFF STREAMS platform at TwinCitiesFilmFest.org, a new TCFF initiative that launched earlier this year to give a platform to MN Connected filmmakers. The online platform will feature premieres of award winning narratives, documentaries and shorts curated from all across the country. Several notable film categories include TECH Series, HER Series, MN Connected films, and the newly launched EMPOWER Series focused on BIPOC stories and storytellers.
Every year, the Twin Cities Film Fest identifies a Social Justice Cause and programs a special series of films to call attention to a specific social issue. This year’s cause is “affordable living” and the film series includes stories spotlighting housing, healthcare, childcare and eldercare. Through the generosity of local companies (Spire Credit Union, Dominium Apartments, City of St. Louis Park and AARP Minnesota), all films in the Changemaker Series will be presented free to all viewers. Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan is being presented with the 2020 TCFF Changemaker Award at the festivals’ Virtual Gala (Oct 2nd – 4th) in recognition of her work towards affordability.
TCFF’s complete 2020 schedule is listed below. Tickets are on-sale starting tomorrow, Oct 2nd. All of the In-Person theater screenings at the ICON Theaters will be reserved for TCFF Donors, Members and Sponsors on a first come first served limited capacity. To learn more about how to attend these screenings, please visit www.twincitiesfilmfest.org.
For all of the ONLINE films, simply check out the lineup on the website and purchase the films. All films will be available for purchase for $9/film with a few offered for free.
An ‘All Access STREAMING Pass’ is also available for $50 on the website providing access to ALL of the 70+ films online. Click on the banner above to purchase.
The passes are such an incredible deal!! Get it soon so you can order your tickets right away. Trust me, it’s SO worth it!!
2020 TWIN CITIES FILM FEST SCHEDULE
In Theater Films: ICON Theaters
(Only Available to Sponsors, Donors and Members – Reservation Required)
Thursday Oct 22nd
Black Boys, Sonia Lowman – 6pm and 8pm
Friday Oct 23rd
Sound of Metal, Darius Marder – 6pm and 8:45pm
Saturday Oct 24th
Sylvie’s Love, Eugene Ashe – 6pm and 8:45pm
Friday Oct 30th
Herself, Phyllida Lloyd – 6:30pm
Uncle Frank, Alan Ball – 8:30pm
Saturday Oct 31st
Nomadland, Chloé Zhao – 6pm and 8:30pm
Special Streaming Events on TCFF Website
Sunday Oct 25th
Inside Lets Deal Live, Steve Zahn/Rick Gomez – 5:30pm
The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel, Jennifer Abbott/Joel Bakan – 7pm
Monday Oct 26th
Definition Please, Sujata Day – 7pm
Tuesday Oct 27th
Hollywood Fringe, Megan Huber, Wyatt McDill – 7pm
Wednesday Oct 28th
Through The Night, Loira Limbal – 7pm
Thursday Oct 29th
Women In Blue, Deirdre Fishel – 7pm
Saturday Oct 31st
Black Boys, Sonia Lowman – 5pm
To learn more about TCFF, events, film submissions or to donate, visit twincitiesfilmfest.org
So yeah, TCFF 2020. BRING. IT ON!