Documentary premiers portray stories of the disabilities community

During the next few weeks Twin Citians will enjoy an unprecedented opportunity to view and read about the lives and media triumphs of people with disabilities – and how their stories are told in the media.


Lao horror poetry at H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival

It’s been a big month for fans of Lao American horror. Film director Mattie Do had the US premiere of her ghost story Chanthaly at Fantastic Fest in Texas to rave reviews. Playwright Saymoukda Vongsay is days away from the world premiere of her play Kung Fu Zombies vs. Cannibals at the Southern Theater. And Little Laos on the Prairie’s Bryan Thao Worra was a featured guest at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Los Angeles.


Twin Cities Black Film Festival 2013 features local filmmakers

The cast of Menages (Photos by Charles Hallman)

Local filmmakers were featured at this year’s Twin Cities Black Film Festival (TCBFF). The MSR was in attendance at the four-day event held September 26-29 at St. Louis Park’s Showplace Icon Theaters.


East Lake Bike N’ Bus In Cinema: Art in the most unlikely of places

In the last year, East Lake Street has seen a swell of ‘Open’ signs replace ‘For Lease’ signs in the windows of many of the once-abandoned buildings. Despite the growing number of bright spots, there are still some areas that remain dark. It’s in these spaces that writer and artist Andy Sturdevant sees a multitude of possibilities.


Halloween in the Twin Cities: A mix of chills & thrills

Are you one of the 158 million people that the National Retail Federation (NRF) estimates will celebrate Halloween this year?  The number is down from last year's high of 170 million, but Halloween is widely celebrated, second only to Christmas in terms of spending. The NRF also found that traditional costumes -- zombies, witches, princesses, superheroes and the like -- reign supreme this year.

There's no shortage of costume parties and Halloween fun to be had in and around the Twin Cities. Below is a list of of some of the events that are a bit off the beaten path, along with the more popular haunts. Feel free to leave a suggestion in the comment section if you know of an event that you feel TC Daily Planet readers should know about! (Go here if you're strictly looking for fall events)


Three talks kick off new Jewish Studies season

Israeli documentaries, Russian-Jewish photography from the early twentieth-century, and Yiddish radio – these are a just a few of the topics that will be covered in this year’s Community Lecture Series, presented by the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Minnesota. The series is celebrating its tenth year, and will kick off the season with three exciting programs in October.


TC Weekend | Fall Harvest Fest, St Paul Art Crawl, Underground Film Fest, Hmong Resource Fair, March for Immigration Reform & more!

(Saint Paul Art Crawl poster features artwork entitled Crow, by Greta Sandquist)

Ready or not, October is here and fall is officially underway! There are lots of fun happenings in or around the Twin Cities to help you enjoy the changing seasons. The events this weekend run the gamut, from fall festivals and caramel apple bike tours, to art shows and film fests. See this weekend’s round-up below: 


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

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