Indie Film Spotlight: ‘Funeral Day’ + Interview with director/lead actor Jon Weinberg

One of my favorite parts about blogging for TCFF is meeting various indie filmmakers. I'm glad I got to meet Jon Weinberg over coffee one rainy evening, and it's one of the most enjoyable interviews I've done in my seven years covering the film fest! Scott thinks he might be dying. Not at all an …

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OCTOBER 2016 Viewing Recap + Movie(s) of the Month

Am I the only one still in disbelief it's November already?? But I'm glad the temp hasn't dipped that much yet, this week's still gonna be in the mid 50s to 60 degrees, which is much warmer than usual, yay! Well, it's no surprise October is the busiest month for me, thanks to TCFF! I also managed to …

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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 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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