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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”

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

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 ...

‘Green Book’ producer for commencement speaker sparks criticism

Farrah Mina

March 25, 2019

Some University of Minnesota students are critical of the decision to have "Green Book" producer and University alumnus Jim Burke as the College of Liberal Arts’ undergraduate commencement speaker this spring. CLA chose Burke as the speaker for the May 19 commencement ceremony after reviewing a list of...

Culture compass: Cat meditation, local music and “You”

Ksenia Gorinshteyn

January 24, 2019

Friday: Fool’s Errand Comedy Variety Show Back with another variety show, Fool’s Errand will provide the Purple Onion crowd with some jokes and tunes for the first Friday night of the semester. The show includes improv, stand-up and music from The Enchantments. It’s the perfect opportunity to get those...

Culture compass: Christmas trees, new museums and Tiny Desk Concerts

Ksenia Gorinshteyn

November 29, 2018

Friday: "Union Depot Holiday Tree Lighting"  With Thanksgiving behind us, Christmas is now in full swing — and the Union Depot has you covered in the early-holiday-spirit department. Their annual tree lighting will be complete with music, fireworks and a screening of “Elf.” There will be s...

A&E’s guide to local Halloween-inspired theater and film screenings

Movie posters for Suspiria (1977), Hausu (1977) and The Omen (1976)

Liv Martin

October 29, 2018

Why go through the hassle of finding a costume when you can sit and enjoy an entertaining Halloween evening? The Twin Cities has vintage horror movie screenings and spooky theater events that you won’t want to miss this week. "The Omen" (1976) Damien, a five-year-old boy, begins to act strangely. His ...