TCFF 2011 starts today! Stay tuned for FC coverage & mini reviews

Happy Tuesday, folks! It’s not just another Tuesday on the calendar though, it’s the start of the Twin Cities Film Fest!

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I’m excited to be covering the event starting tonight with The Bully Project documentary tonight, followed by Q&A with director Lee Hirsch.

The cast & director of Like Crazy @ TIFF

I’m hoping to have time to ask a couple of questions during the panel or even talk to a couple of talents such as Tom Sizemore, Anton Yelchin & Like Crazy‘s director Drake Doremus who are scheduled to appear during the event. As I’ve mentioned here, I really like Yelchin so I’d love to get an autograph from him or even a picture together. Last year I didn’t get a chance to really interview anyone, the closest thing was that I got to shake hands with Waiting for Superman‘s director Davis Guggenheim as he arrived at the theater.

I’m also hoping to see more films this year, in fact, my hope is to see at least two films a day starting tomorrow (there is only just the opening night film scheduled for tonight) so I can give you a mini review of them daily.

So I hope you’ll stay with me during the coverage and pardon my lack of comments on your blog as I’m juggling both my job and covering the film fest. In the meantime, I’d ask you this:

What film festival have you attended or be a part of and what’s your most memorable moment about it?


I could use some tips from you film fest pros out there, so please do share!

Tickets are available now on fandango.com or you can buy multi-film passes online as well at a discounted rate. Visit twincitiesfilmfest.org or showplaceicon.com for more information.

TCFF Full Lineup is here! See what’s playing from Sept. 20-25

As TIFF is underway in Toronto starting yesterday, I’ve been anticipating our own Twin Cities Film Fest (TCFF) that’ll be starting in two weeks starting Tuesday, Sept. 20. A couple of days ago the full lineup is finally announced, yippeee!! I am truly excited for this, I think the organizers did a great job getting a great mix of studio features, documentaries, independent movies, and locally-produced films.

Download the full lineup list (PDF)

I’ve previously reported the films that will open and close the event, which are The Bully Project & Like Crazy, scheduled for Tuesday and Saturday, respectively. Now below is a list of other lineup highlights with info about which filmmakers/actors will be attending:

Wednesday 9/21

Summit Entertainment will present 50/50, a film formerly called I’m With Cancer that’s been catching a lot of buzz around film festivals. Inspired by personal experiences, it’s an original story about friendship, love, survival and finding humor in unlikely places. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen star as best friends whose lives are changed by a cancer diagnosis in this new comedy directed by Jonathan Levine from a script by Will Reiser. Star Anna Kendrick will be conducting a Q&A following the film.

Looks like I’ll be packing lots of tissues to see this one. Even from the trailer, it looks like it’ll be an emotional and heart-wrenching movie about how a 27-year-old man deals with his diagnosis. Levitt consistently turns in a good performance but looks like he ups the ante in this one. Check out the trailer below:


Thursday 9/22

White Knight is also another unlikely comedy that deals with a hot-button subject matter. It tells the story of the Leroy Lowe, a Grand dragon of the Texas Ku Klux Klan who confronts everything he’s been taught to hate when a Hispanic field worker becomes his cellmate. There’s also has an unconventional love story between Leroy and Madalena, a beautiful Mexican maid hired to clean the warden’s office.

The main cast from the film, Tom Sizemore, Hector Jimenez, and Olga Segura will also host a Q&A after the film.

Friday 9/23

Wahooooooo!!! [doing a little dance with both hands in the air]… ok, now that I’ve got that out of the way…

Y’all already knows how much I’ve been anticipating this, so imagine my delight when I heard Machine Gun Preacher is going to be shown at TCFF!! It’s scheduled for limited release on Sept. 23 but it might be another couple of months before it arrives in Minnesota.

In case this is the first time you heard it, this film by Relativity is based on a true story staring Gerard Butler as Sam Childers, a former drug dealing biker who found God and becomes a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who have been forced to become soldiers.

I’ve posted the trailer, poster and one of the clipsfrom the movie, but in the last couple of days, I found more stills and clips.

Butler with Michael Shannon

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Build It Again, posted with vodpod

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Childers playing with the children, posted with vodpod

Sunday, 9/25

Now this is a must-see for any comic fans or anyone who enjoys watching any Marvel superhero movies. With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story is a feature length documentary on the life and creations of Stan Lee.

Here’s the full description from TCFF official site:

With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story explores the vivid life and imagination of Stan Lee from the early days of his Great Depression era upbringing through the Marvel age of comics and beyond. The film uncovers original transcripts, illustrations, photographs and stories of Lee’s fascinating journey from his early years at Timely Comics.

Told through the words of Stan himself, as well as numerous interviews with comic book creators, actors, film producers, family and friends, “With Great Power” paints a portrait of a man whose creativity knows no bounds and whose characters have grown from humble beginnings in the pages of Marvel Comics in the early 1960’s to power house properties in all media  – including film, television, video games, toys, merchandising, and beyond.

I definitely will be seeing this one. Stan Lee is such a hugely charismatic guy and his legacy is nothing short of amazing!

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Other studio films include the horror comedy Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, Undefeated, which chronicles the Manassas Tigers’ 2009 football season, and Thunder Soul, a story of extraordinary alumni from Houston’s storied Kashmere High School Stage Band, who return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for the 92-year-old “Prof.”

In addition, Twin Cities Film Fest is excited about the other programming and events for 2011, which will again feature Minnesota films, including different Minnesota Shorts Series,  some Women in Film programming, India Independent programming, panels, and a special screening of Fargo.

Tickets will be available Friday, September 9th on fandango.com. Please visit www.twincitiesfilmfest.org or www.showplaceicon.com for more information.


Minnesota film fans, I hope you can set aside some time to support this wonderful event! As for the rest of you, are you interested in any of these fims?