"12 Years a Slave": Keep talking

I had a variety of things I could’ve written about this week and I had so many great ideas, and then I saw The Open Letter to The Walker Art Center published on Opine Season regarding the October 30 screening of Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave; and while my being an artist who happens to be black may have a lot to do with this, I just had to address it. I could tell by reading the comment sections of the publications where this beautifully written piece was posted that everyone had a lot of feelings that deserve consideration. I want to air some of that out as respectfully as possible as issues involving race need lots of diverse perspectives to assist with clarity.


MN VIDEOS | Nowhere to go

This is a short documentary that I shot for my electronic field production class in the winter of 2012. It tells the story of an emergency homeless winter shelter operating in North Minneapolis, and how it benefits the local community.


COMMUNITY VOICES | 12 Years a Slave: Open letter to the Walker Art Center

To Whom It May Concern at The Walker Art Center,


Video tells the untold stories of workers who built the state Capitol

Who Built Our Capitol?, a documentary about the workers and contractors who built the Minnesota statehouse, premiered at the state Capitol in St. Paul on Oct. 19.


Ghosts of Jeju: The history behind the resistance to a naval base on Korea's island of peace

When Maine-based filmmaker Regis Tremblay started digging into the history of the protest against the South Korean government’s construction of a naval base in the tiny village of Gangjeong on scenic Jeju Island, he interviewed Charles Hanley, former Associated Press reporter and co-author of the war crime expose Bridge at No Gun Ri, who told him “you have no idea the magnitude of the issues you are getting into here.”


Noemi Schory looks behind the film images

Noemi Schory: Every frame we see from the Shoah was "shot by the perpetrators, it was all done for propaganda purposes." (Photo: Mordecai Specktor)

A Film Unfinished, directed by Yael Hersonski, investigates a 1942 Nazi-produced film about the Warsaw Ghetto, which, as the documentary's title indicates, never was completed. The award-winning 2010 documentary focuses on a 60-minute reel of film that was found in an East German archive after the end of World War II. The reel was marked only "Ghetto."


FILM REVIEW: Burt Lancaster in "The Killers," Nov. 1-3 at the Trylon Microcinema

Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner in the film-noir classic The Killers (1946), the first offering in the "Lancastic! A Century of Burt Lancaster" film series playing at the Trylon Microcinema in November.

“Lancastic!” a retrospective of eleven Burt Lancaster films, kicks off at the Trylon Microcinema on November 1 with Lancaster’s debut film, The Killers (1946).


TC WEEKEND | FOUND Exhibit, Taste of Phillips Art Fest, Artability Art Show, Tweed Ride, BOOseum and more!

Ethan Heidlebaugh's "Time Tunnel" is this year's Artability event poster winner; The FOUND Exhibit poster features artwork entitled “Big Face Indian" by Henry Payer.

This weekend should be a real treat for art and book lovers -- there are a number of wonderful art shows and book readings and discussions on deck. There are also a ton of Halloween events taking place, given that this is the last weekend before the holiday. A few Halloween events are highlighted in this weekend's round-up, but please visit our Halloween article for a more comprehensive list (go here for general fall events).

Also, if you snap fall-themed pictures while out enjoying the weekend, tag your pictures with #tcdpic on Twitter, Instagram, or Flickr, (or email them to editor [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net), to enter our Fall Photo Challenge and a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to a local coffee shop! 


MN VIDEOS | Welcome to North, a documentary film

Check out this moving, short documentary film by Josh Chitwood about "the most stereotyped side of Minneapolis." The video description says, "This piece communicates that [North Minneapolis] is not a

'sketchy hood', but a neighborhood where families and myself live life together and have true community." 
You can follow Josh on Facebook: facebook.com/joshchitwoodtheartist

Check out this moving, short documentary film by Josh Chitwood about "the most stereotyped side of Minneapolis." The video description says, "This piece communicates that [North Minneapolis] is not


Keeping It Wheel: St. Paul teens' bicycle and movie-making adventure

St. Paul High School for the Recording Arts students receive grant from State Farm Insurance tosupport urban youth cycling projects and healthy youth development. (Photos by Debra Stone)

“Sore, painful, pretty country farms, small towns, things looked different, I learned a lot.” 

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