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Heat of the Week: Old flicks, new Prince and a tasty Korean dish (or two)

Heat of the Week: Old flicks, new Prince and a tasty Korean dish (or two)

Frankie Carlson, Arts and Entertainment Reporter

September 21, 2020

Need some pop culture inspiration for your week? Keep your finger on the pulse of all things A&E with this week’s heat.

Heat of the week: MIA, Travis Scott Meal and more

Heat of the week: MIA, Travis Scott Meal and more

Nina Raemont

September 17, 2020

The Minnesota Daily's "Culture Compass" column has been reinvented. Meet "Heat of the Week."

UMN theater students create short film on finding queer love — via Zoom

University of Minnesota Theater Majors Reilly Arena, left, and Sabrina Diehl play two queer characters with anxiety disorders in a story of Zoom romance amid the pandemic.  The short film is available for free viewing on YouTube.

Meg Bishop

June 4, 2020

Video calls became the new “Want to grab coffee sometime?” to maintain social distancing guidelines and other coronavirus safety precautions that have been in place for the last three months. Amid Minneapolis’ stay-at-home order and the government's call for nationwide social distancing, meeting up...

Directing duo keeps film Coool

<p>Courtesy of  Elise Radspinner.</p>

Alex Strangman

May 7, 2020

In a field less than a mile northwest of Scandia, Minnesota, Jess Shoman from the Chicago-based folk project “Tenci” slowly rides a horse toward the camera. She’s under direction from two guys with Minnesota ties — and no it’s not the Coen brothers — it's Coool. Coool is a directing duo compr...

Filling a void, local film organizations create online streaming platforms

A cyclist rides past a vacant St. Anthony Main Theatre on Monday, April 6.

Alex Strangman

April 15, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to put normal life on hold, film fans far and wide have had to switch the script. While movie theaters aren’t operating, two local film organizations, Twin Cities Film Fest and MSP Film Society, are looking to fill the void with their own streaming platforms. Currently all local theate...

Student filmmakers bring apocalyptic vision to life for local festival

Photo Courtesy of Ted Ektanitphong

Norah Kleven

March 5, 2020

Midterms are nearing, but something far more insidious is coming for the characters in “Final Moments,” a short film produced by a group of University of Minnesota students.  The seven minute film follows two graduate students, Calvin and Diane, who discover that the end of the world is fast appro...

Culture compass: puppets, Ghostbusters and felines

Culture compass: puppets, Ghostbusters and felines

Mariah Flores

October 24, 2019

Friday: 26th Annual BareBones Puppets Halloween Extravaganza It’s time to get in the spooky spirit this Friday! Join BareBones, a local puppetry company, for a magical night of multimedia storytelling at their annual Halloween Extravaganza. The event is a Twin Cities’ cult classic. The entire nig...

Twin Cities Film Fest celebrates its 10th and most inclusive season yet

Sarah Mai

Norah Kleven

October 17, 2019

The Twin Cities Film Fest was born from adversity ten years ago.  Jatin Setia, the founder and executive director of the festival, is a graduate of the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. In 2008, he was one of many workers laid off during the recession from his corporate job. With...

Q&A: Minneapolis filmmaker Samiera Abou-Nasr on her short film, “Of Our Youth”

<p>Film maker Samiera Abou-Nasr poses for a portrait at the Cafetto coffee shop on Sunday, Sept. 22.</p>

Norah Kleven

September 26, 2019

Samiera Abou-Nasr is a Minneapolis filmmaker who has been active since 2015. Her most well-known film to date, the 15-minute short film “Of Our Youth,” is featured in this year’s Twin Cities Arab Film Festival.  What got you interested in filmmaking and production?  I started watching movies around wh...

Third time’s the charm: film noir-style play is full of “Hot Air”— but in a good way

Director Nick Saxton watches a rehearsal scene for his show,

Becca Most

July 9, 2019

The cast of “Hot Air” settled into their practice space last Tuesday night, lounging on chairs and snacking on chocolate-covered peanuts. “How is everyone feeling?” asked director Nick Saxton, starting off the crew’s usual pre-rehearsal check-in.  “To be honest ... I’m feeling kind of ...