Short Film Spotlight: ‘Classic. Becky. Party’ + Q&A with writer/director John J. Kaiser

Just two days away until Twin Cities Film Fest's MN Shorts Showcase event! Today we've got yet another Q&A with a talented MN filmmaker whose film Classic. Becky. Party will be screening on Wednesday night (more info below). I met first met John at the TCFF Gala in September 2017, thanks to his creative partner Jay …

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TCFF Insider Series: NOBODY’S SON short film & my interview w/ filmmaker Brian Austin

It's time for another Twin Cities Film Fest INSIDER SERIES event! One of the perks of being a member of TCFF is you get to see various indie films on the big screen AND also get to partake in the Q&A with the filmmakers afterwards. This February, TCFF is showcasing a dramatic short filmed in …

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TCFF 2017 Day 4 – Two great film panels + Reviews of ‘Beauty Mark’ and MN-made drama ‘Cold November’

Saturday was a jam-packed day for me. I'm bummed that I missed the early Filmmaker Brunch as I wasn't feeling well so I overslept (hey bloggers are humans too!), but my morning started with two great film panels, part of TCFF's free Educational Programs! The first panel was on Making, Distributing, Marketing & Watching: What’s the …

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Indie Film Spotlight: GUNN + Interview with writer/director C.J. Renner & four cast members

It's always fun being able to wear my film journalist hat once in a while. So whenever there's an opportunity to chat with a filmmaker, whether locally or from other parts of the world, I always jump at the chance. This time, we've got something special because I get to do the interview on a …

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TCFF Insider Series: KID WEST movie & my interview w/ filmmaker Jesse Mast

I first met Minnesota filmmaker Jesse Mast when he was premiering his action thriller short The Just starring Michael Madsen back in 2015 at TCFF. I then met him again at one of the TCFF after parties when I first heard him talking about the idea for Kid West. So I was thrilled that Twin Cities …

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TCFF Insider Series: BETTA FISH script reading & Interview w/ screenwriter Joshua Barsness

Next Tuesday, TCFF is hosting a screenplay reading BETTA FISH written by Josh Barsness, as part of its Insider Series events. This informal reading serves as a kick-off event for the Minnesota film project of the feature length script, it will be performed by a group of professional actors. When TCFF Managing Director Bill Cooper asked me to …

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TCFF Opening Night Film: ‘Blood Stripe’ – Interview w/ Remy Auberjonois & Kate Nowlin

Every year Twin Cities Film Fest selects a social cause to bring to light and this year the subject of the Changemaker series is veteran support. Five powerful films paint a picture of what our vets face post-combat and foster important discussions around how to better serve those who've given us their all, which starts …

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Weekend Roundup: MSPIFF Reviews – My Internship In Canada | Dragonfly | Mr. Pig

It's almost Monday again… my goodness, where has the weekend gone? It's been really quite a whirlwind for me. I had a movie night with my two girlfriends Friday night where we watched Suite Française (well, a rewatch for me), and between Saturday & Sunday I saw three MSPIFF movies. I managed to fit in a 14-minute immigration short …

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Indie film spotlight: DRAGONFLY (2016) & Interview with the creators of the film

When I first heard about Dragonfly about a year and a half ago, I was immediately intrigued by the fact that it's a female-led feature and that it's filmed in the Twin Cities. This is a debut feature for both Maribeth Romslo and Cara Green Epstein (who also wrote AND acted in the film). I was thrilled that …

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TCFF Day 4: Review of Minnesota Feature ‘Finding Home’

We're exactly in the halfway mark of our 9-day film fest! Today TCFF is featuring a Minnesota feature that's filmed in just 10 days in Minnesota and Wisconsin, with a location crew of 13 (including the Director and Producer - all from Minnesota) and 1 camera (RedCam) and a budget of under $50K. During the …

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