We’ve passed the halfway mark! That means it’s been a week of fun-filled film festivities… but also an extremely hectic one for me wearing multiple hats juggling my day job, film watching, reviewing, interviewing, blogging, etc. as I basically makes Showplace ICON a second home during the 11-day of TCFF.
The first screening of my short film Hearts Want was last Friday. It was nerve-wracking to be sure, but I was so grateful to have some of my friends and co-workers’ there at the screening. We even got a few minutes to pose at the red carpet w/ my lovely friends 🙂
If you’ve missed the daily TCFF posts, well here’s a handy list:
- Highlights from TCFF 2017 Opening Night… BREATHE, THE FLORIDA PROJECT & THE YEAR OF SPECTACULAR MEN
- TCFF 2017 Day 2 – ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and silent MN-made b&w film ‘If Memory Serves’
- TCFF 2017 Interviews: Lea Thompson, Madelyn + Zoey Deutch AND filmmakers/ musicians Jack & Kitty
- TCFF 2017 Interview: VICTOR’S LAST CLASS’ Director/Producer Brendan Brandt
- TCFF 2017 Day 3 – ‘Hearts Want’ first screening in the ‘Ties That Bind Us’ short block and ‘A Gray State’ documentary
- TCFF 2017 Day 4 – Two great film panels + Reviews of ‘Beauty Mark’ and MN-made drama ‘Cold November’
- TCFF 2017 Indie Film Spotlight: BUTTERFLY CAUGHT & interview w/ filmmakers/cast
- TCFF Indie Film Spotlight: Laura Gets A Cat + Interview with writer/director/star Michael Ferrell
- TCFF Reviews – ‘Legends of the Road’ doc + various short films in Comedy, Thriller, Global Perspective & Documentary short blocks
- TCFF 2017 Interviews: TWIN CITIES’ writer/director David Ash and RUIN ME’s actor Alex Galick
I’m so used to interviewing people, but it’s fun to be on the other side once in a while. THANK YOU Paul from Paul’s Trip to The Movies’ Blog for interviewing me…
This year’s festival theme is A Year of Spectacular Women… which is as timely as ever and it’s also a play on this year’s Opening Night film, A Year of Spectacular Men, a directorial debut of Minnesota native Lea Thompson and stars her daughters Zoey Deutch and Madelyn Deutch. The upcoming drama-comedy will make its world premiere at TCFF on Oct. 18 with both Lea Thompson and Zoey Deutch in attendance. Click image below for tickets!
We don’t have a trailer yet but here’s a clip from the film:
The official 2017 Centerpiece film will be the inspirational documentary Purple Dreams, which follows lives of inner-city, at-risk students who succeed at their passion while embracing the transformative power of their arts education. The true-life adventure screens Oct. 23.
TCFF will continue its tradition of honoring a Social Cause this year by putting a spotlight on ‘Addiction.’ To highlight addiction TCFF will screen three documentaries (Chasing the Dragon, Addicted to Porn and Screenagers) and a drama called Tatertot and Patton which showcases alcohol addiction.
Some of Fall’s most-anticipated films are also amongst the lineup…
Acclaimed director Sean Baker’s The Florida Project starring Willem Dafoe:
Dramedy Last Flag Flying starring Bryan Cranston, Steve Carrell and Laurence Fishburne:
WWII drama The Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman as Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
It’s a year of debuts it seems. Motion capture virtuoso Andy Serkis’ directorial debut Breathe, starring Andrew Garfield as a young man struck down with polio looks like a heart-warming tearjerker.
Those are just the studio films. There are plenty of indie features to be excited about…
The Bachelors stars J.K. Simmons dealing with an early death of his wife with his teenage son.
A grizzled, rugged looking Matt Bomer stars in Walking Out, where he plays an estranged father who faces a brutal encounter in the heart of Montana wilderness with his teenage son.
Little Pink House stars Catherine Keener and Jeanne Tripplehorn about a working-class neighborhood struggling to save their homes from political and corporate interests bent on seizing the land and handing it over to Pfizer Corporation.
I gotta give a shout out to Minnesota-made indie feature Twin Cities, produced by the filmmaker who directed my short film, Jason P. Schumacher. Hearts Want‘s lead actor Peter Christian Hansen also has a supporting role in the film. Directed by David Ash, its prequel 2021 actually premiered at TCFF in 2015.
The festival will close with writer and director Colette Burson’s Permanent, a film centering on a story of a hairstyle gone incredibly wrong and a young girl’s fight to fit in while encountering bullies at a new school. Burson will be in attendance for the red carpet and hosting a Q&A following the film.
Check out the TCFF Archives page for posts from the last seven years.