2013 Minneapolis Underground Film Festival lineup is a mixed bag, but with one must-see

When I asked Minneapolis Underground Film Festival (MUFF) program director Mark Hanson to mention one of the biggest challenges in gearing up for the sixth annual MUFF, he said, “Well, our mascot is this big gorilla costume and its head may not fit in any of the cars we’re using for the festival.”


"The Jingle Dress" films in Northeast

Chaske Spencer (right) and Mauricimo Sanchez-Hohenstein have a conversation walking down the alley. Between scenes, Spencer said he does mostly bigger films but likes independent productions, too. “This is a cool place, I like this town, it’s definitely dope.”

Yes, that was Chaske Spencer walking down the alley near Edison High School, and hanging out talking on his cell phone last week. He stars in “an immigrant story,” The Jingle Dress, about an Ojibwe family that moves from the White Earth Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota to Minneapolis. It becomes a murder mystery.


TC Weekend | Mill City Oktoberfest, Twin Cities Black Film Fest, La Familia Expo, Native American Day Celebration & more!

This week marked the official start of fall, and there are plenty of events, from cultural celebrations to seasonal gatherings, in or around the Twin Cities to celebrate the start of another beauti


"The Spectacular Now" lives up to its title

The hallowed halls that make up the coming-of-age movie genre have received a memorable new enrollee with director James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now, a movie based on author Tim Tharp’s


On zombies, ghosts, fear and rebuilding in Lao America

Growing up, I was always raised with the myth of Laos as a tranquil, serene land. A land of a thousand smiles, a realm of a million elephants, a lost Eden or Shangri-La.


"Drinking Buddies": Joe Swanberg cleans up nicely

Drinking Buddies, the latest feature by prolific writer/director/editor and occasional actor Joe Swanberg—opening this Friday at the Lagoon Cinema and also available via video-on-demand—is probably the biggest feature Swanberg has made to date. It is also is the third film directed by Swanberg in 2013. (One of Swanberg’s 2013 films, 24 Exposures, premiered at Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival last month, but there's no word on an official U.S. premiere date yet. I hope it will make its way to a U.S. film festival, ideally in the Twin Cities.)


Dracula coming soon, October 2! Classic 1931 movie at Lake Street, outdoor walk-in movie theatre

In 1931, as Tod Browning was shooting Dracula with Bela Lugosi, George Melford was working from the same script on the same sets at night with a Spanish language cast and crew. Long thought lost, the film was re-found in the 1970s, showing how wildly different the films are. Many now argue Melford’s film is the better version.


Fall 2013 movie preview: Oscar contenders line up

Blue is the Warmest Color

Hammering the inevitable final “nail in the coffin” on the 2013 summer is a welcome relief. Going through the entire list of films released over the summer, there will not too many standouts and very few that struck a chord. Monsters University, The Act of Killing, You’re Next, Stories We Tell, and The Spectacular Now were five films that stood out in a rather lackluster summer viewing session. While there are a few summer movies that I have yet to see, it is nice to spring forward to the fall film season. I mean, is there really a rush or a need to see We’re the Millers on opening day—or ever?


The Internet Cat Video Festival: Nine memorable moments

Photos By: 
Jay Gabler

Everybody loves cats; this is something we all know and have slowly come to terms with over the past 3,000 years or so. There is a beautiful masochism in showering undying love and devotion onto creatures that, more or less, really only care about the food you provide (and probably kind of want to kill you). So I guess that means it’s kind of empowering when we coerce cats into humiliating situations and film it for the viewing pleasure of millions of people worldwide.


Paddle forward: Canoe journey to document and connect Mississippi River communities

Starting next month, nine people will put their canoes in the water at Lake Itasca and start a three month long canoe journey down the Mississippi River. The purpose is to make a documentary and to connect communities to the river. Natalie Warren is leading what she calls “a life-changing adventure.” She stopped by The Morning Blend to share her thoughts on the trip she will be embarking on. [Audio below]

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