Twin Cities Film Fest 2017 is less than 2 months away! Filmmakers are being notified and the final slate of films carefully crafted. Be the first to know what’s coming by attending the TCFF Fall Preview Gala, generously hosted by Fleurdejunk.
So mark your calendar for Thursday, September 7th at the beautiful Metropolitan Ballroom. The evening will be hosted by Shannan Paul (Fresh from the Acme stage & The Jason Show) and will include live performances by Elliot Graber & the Family Vines.
Come celebrate as TCFF launches another banner year of independent cinema!
The Year of Spectacular Women theme at the gala is a play off of our opening night, female-directed (Lea Thompson) film A Year of Spectacular Men.
TWIN CITIES FILM FEST BRINGS ‘WILSON’ HOME ON MARCH 22ND, FOR A RED CARPET CELEBRATION!
TCFF is proud to bring ‘Wilson’ back to MN in celebration of the local film industry and professionals. There will be a red carpet celebration including red carpet interviews, a pre-show mixer and a post show Q&A with film crew and talent. TCFF members will get priority seating and get an invite to the pre-show mixer in the ICON Lobby Lounge. There will be a complimentary rush line for anyone else wanting to see the film.
Twin Cities Film Fest (TCFF) will have the regional premiere of the star studded film ‘Wilson’ which was shot in and around the Twin Cities in 2015. The film, adapted from a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) and directed by Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins), made Twin Cities its home for months and is coming off of a crowd pleasing sold out world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
Woody Harrelson stars as Wilson, a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle – aged misanthrope who reunites with his estranged wife (Laura Dern) and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter (Isabella Amara) he has never met.In his uniquely outrageous and slightly twisted way, he sets out to connect with her.
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 story, and Moonlight was an even more emotional experience. It was a well-written, well-acted and simply powerful film about Black sexuality, featuring the kind of deep emotional intimacy I haven’t seen in many films, regardless of race and gender.
— FlixChatter (@FlixChatter) October 31, 2016
I also enjoyed the short film that preceded Actors of Sound called Boom Up!, it was hilarious! I won’t have the reviews of the films I saw in last two days of TCFF until later in November, but let’s just say I recommend all the four films I saw on closing night!
Concluding a star-studded showcase that featured more than 100 films spanned over 11 days, this is perhaps the largest-ever Twin Cities Film Fest ever with over 130 films, including shorts and documentaries! Top awards went to the critically-acclaimed coming of age drama Moonlight, which had been hailed by critics as the best film of the year and will hopefully gain more traction until the Oscars next year. Just like Room and Brooklyn last year, TCFF continues tradition in screening critical darlings that went on to win accolades at the Oscars.
Here are the winners from Twin Cities Film Fest 2016:
Best Short Film: Lend a Hand For Love, directed by John and Amy Thompson
Audience Award – Short: Waabooz, directed by Molly Katagiri
Best Documentary: I Do? directed by Joe Brandmeier
Audience Award – Documentary: Iron Will, directed by Sergio Valenzuela
Indie Vision — Breakthrough Non-Fiction Film: They Call Us Monsters, directed by Ben Lear
Indie Vision — Breakthrough Feature Film: No Light and No Land Anywhere, directed by Amber Sealey
Indie Vision — Breakthrough Performance: Kate Nowlin (Blood Stripe)
Best Feature Film: Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins
Audience Award – Feature Film: Blood Stripe
I’m so thrilled for Remy Auberjonois and Kate Nowlin who won the Audience Award in the Feature Film category. As you know from my review of Blood Stripe, I was so impressed with this film. It’s so well-written, well-directed AND phenomenally-acted by Kate Nowlin, who deservedly also won Best Breakthrough Performance this weekend. I certainly think Kate’s performance is Oscar worthy!
Another well-deserved award, that is the TCFF North Star Award goes to the massively talented indie actor Dominic Rains. You may not know who he is yet folks, but mark my words, you will! He’s already won Best Actor in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film at Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year for his performance in Burn Country (originally named The Fixer), which also screened at TCFF, along with two others, Funeral Day and The Loner.
I have seen two of the three films he’s in and was really impressed by his strong screen presence and versatility as his role in the thriller/drama Burn Country (as a former Afghan journalist) and the comedy Funeral Day (as a rather obnoxious American realtor) couldn’t be more different from each other, but yet he pulls off both roles effortlessly. Stay tuned for my in-depth interview with Dominic on his career, as well as with Funeral Day‘s director Jon Weinberg!
As I’ve mentioned in this post, I’m glad to see quite a few female filmmakers as well as female-driven films represented at TCFF! One of the finalists for Breakthrough Feature Film that I was really impressed with was Claire In Motion, which was directed by a pair of female filmmakers, featuring a terrific performance by Betsy Brandt.
It was already close to 11pm by the time I came out of the Moonlight screening, TCFF’s final film, but I couldn’t miss the award ceremony at TCFF lounge. I was only there for an hour or so and I had a blast hanging out with my friends, Kirsten Gregerson and Emmylou Barden.
I don’t know how long the party went on but clearly everyone had a great time! I’m glad I got a chance to congratulate Kate Nowlin for her award, my interview with her and her husband/collaborator Remy Auberjonois are certainly one of the highlights of covering TCFF, not just this year but of all seven years I’ve been with the film fest! Just before I left for the night, I even got a chance to chat with Remy about the enigmatic ending of Blood Stripe. Once you see it, I think you’ll know what I mean!
Thanks to my darling hubby for taking pictures of the closing party festivities! Check out his Instagram for his awesome travel photography (and I’m not just saying that ’cause I’m his wife) 🙂
It was so gratifying to be a part of TCFF once again… watching, discussing & celebrating indie films and the art of filmmaking.
Check out the TCFF Archives page for posts from the last six years.