MSPIFF 2019 Spotlight: ‘Singin’ In The Grain – A Minnesota Czech Story’ + Interview with filmmaker Al Milgrom

It's one of the most exciting times of the year! MSPIFF always have a wonderful lineup of documentaries and this is one I had the privilege of seeing early thanks to one of the film's producers, Kelly Lamplear-Dash, who also helped me land this interview. When I first heard about this film, I was immediately …

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MSPIFF 2015 Film Spotlight: The Center – Interview with filmmaker Charlie Griak & lead actor Matt Cici

One of the most exciting parts of MSPIFF 2015 are the regional premieres of various films, and this one has a personal connection to the city. Produced by Jonathan Demme (director of Silence of the Lamb, Philadelphia, Beloved) and shot locally in St Paul, Charlie Griak’s atmospheric debut focuses on a vulnerable young man who falls …

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My interview with The Angels’ Share’s Screenwriter Paul Laverty – on Ken Loach, inhabiting the characters of his films, Eric Cantona, and more!

The Scottish indie The Angels' Share kicked off the MSPIFF last Thursday, the latest from acclaimed British director, Ken Loach. Loach's award-winning long-time screenwriting partner, Paul Laverty, was in attendance for the film festival's opening night. I was fortunate enough to get a sit down interview with Mr. Laverty the afternoon before the film premiere. Bummer that …

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