Friday, March 25, 2005

Int'l Film Fest Pullout in today's (Friday) Star Tribune

An update on the Film Fest April 1 - 13! The pullout schedule is in today's paper; you can also go online. Here are some fun details of the fest. A note: this is, bar none my favorite event of the year, with the only exception being running off to play music with friends. While I adore running around listening to music, even that gets circumvented for the film fest. I know I'm not the only one. You'll see Willie Murphy, who doesn't play during the two weeks in lieu of this, and makes sure he's in town, attending his usual 30+ films. So far, my max has been 18, but that's "pretty good for a beginner."

Make sure and check out the great new Riverview Wine Bar, kitty corner from the Riv Theater when you attend films there. It's beautiful and cozy and you can get a wine flite of 4 - 2 oz. samples for $8.

The MFA Star-Ledger
The weekly e-newsletter of Minnesota Film Arts
Quote of the Week

"The first guy I met in Minneapolis like me was sitting around in there, it was John Koerner."

Bob Dylan


The 23rd Annual Mpls-St.Paul International Film Festival is once again upon us. Today's Star Tribune will have a full-festival pull-out that will include brief film descriptions, photos from select films, and other details about the festival. You can also visit for complete festival info.

Opening Night Film & Party (Fri., April 1) - we have an exceptionally smart & funny film this year to open the fest, titled CHILDSTAR, starring Don McKellar, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Dave Foley & Eric Stoltz. Canadian Director, McKellar will be present to introduce his film, which is nominated for 5 Canadian Academy Awards. HISTORIC STATE THEATER, FRIDAY APRIL 1. 7:30pm $15 members/$20 general public. GO TO THE FILM, are you cultured...or just pretending to be?

**Party to follow at the lovely Woman's Club of Mpls near Loring Park at 10:30pm - 1am. Complimentary Summit, red, white & sparkling wines, Finlandia vodka drinks AND free appetizers & dessert buffet.
***Entertainment all over the entire building, provided by: Le Cirque Rouge Cabaret & Burlesque, Staraoke w/ Arzu, Phil Harder Film Clips w/ live soundtrack by the Creative Electric Orchestra & DJ Jesse Whitney. FREE photo room - capture a shot with your sweetie, make sure to dress up! The Woman's Club enforces a strict dress code: no jeans, tennis shoes - vintage formal wear is always a plus. FREE w/ Film Ticket or $20 without, 21+

Suburban World Theater - this dark venue will open and play host to festival guests the second week of the festival (4/8-4/ 16) - stop in after a movie at the Lagoon and catch a show, eat & drink. FREE ADMISSION for all live shows - bands, dj's and performers from your favorite scenes everyday, with beer, wine and Pizza Luce. TWO silent film scores w/ local bands Spaghetti Western and A Whisper in the Noise, Saturday & Sunday brunches for $5 with Mimosa's and Bloody Mary's available. A complete schedule is online at under "festival central"

18 Visiting Filmmakers - this is a record breaking year for visiting filmmakers - we have 2 of the top French Director's today stopping by to intro their films, host Q & A's, not to mention a dozen emerging filmmakers in town to screen their new films for competition, including the new Flaming Lips documentary, produced by local music video producer Rick Fuller. The film is directed by the man who brought us Okie Noodling.

20 U.S. & World Premieres, a deeper program than ever before, with plenty of fresh faces from all over the world. PICK UP A GIANT, FREE program on Opening Night or $1 at festival venues. A schedule is also listed in the Star Tribune insert this Friday in the Variety section. Web site has complete schedule and advance ticket info.

April 1-16 @ Oak Street Cinema, Bell Auditorium, Landmark Lagoon, Riverview Theater, Uptown Theater, Historic State Theater, Crown Block E, & McNally Smith in St. Paul. Catalogs are free to anyone who attends the opening night screening at the Historic State Theatre April 1, but are available throughout the festival at all venues for just $1 Join us for our favorite time of the year.

This year we also sell tickets for every film in advance at Those tickets will become available on Monday.

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