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No Man’s Land Film Festival shreds the adventure film stereotype

Photo courtesy of Freya Fennwood.

Samir Ferdowsi

October 25, 2018

Who was the first person to climb up and ski down all seven summits? A woman. The first person to make countless first ascents of walls here in Minnesota? A woman. The star of every adventure film showcased at No Man's Land Film Festival? A woman. This Monday, Lakes and Legends Brewing Company and The C...

Thriller, romance and suspense: a look at this year’s student film festival

Maraya King

April 26, 2018

Emoji-faced serial killers, Shakespearean love sagas and a remake of a 1980s music video — this is just a sampling of the movies debuted at the MinneCinema film festival.  On Friday, MinneCinema Studios, a student group at the University of Minnesota, hosted their annual film festival to celebr...

A guide to this year’s Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

University alumnus Brady Knudson sells movie tickets at the St. Anthony Main Theatre on April 5, 2016. The theatre is one of the venues hosting the 37th annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival from April 12-28.

Maddy Folstein

April 12, 2018

The 37th Annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival opens tonight. The festival will screen over 250 works of film through April 28, including 150 features and 100 shorts.  “The film festival really allows people to see movies from around the world and cultures in a way that only...

Review: ‘The Death of Stalin’ seizes the memes of destruction

Review: ‘The Death of Stalin’ seizes the memes of destruction

Haley Bennett

March 26, 2018

Based on the graphic novel by Fabien Nury (writer) and Thierry Robin (artist), the film comedically chronicles the desperate bids for power made by the members of Stalin’s central committee in the wake of his death. It’s important to note that aside from its setting, there is nothing Russian about thi...

Review: “Hostiles” tries to revise history and Western film traditions

Maddy Folstein

January 29, 2018

“Hostiles” opens with a symbol of Western movies — a prairie home nestled between rocky ridges, horses milling about in a corral and a picturesque American family. Within minutes, the house burns to the ground. In this moment, “Hostiles” begins its attempt to do the same to the tired conventio...

Culture compass: Cult films, trippy electro-pop and the best food for finals in Dinkytown

Haley Bennett

December 6, 2017

Friday: Screening of "The Room" – Midnight Madness This December, the Uptown Theatre's monthly showing of “The Room” complements this week’s release of James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist.” Bring your friends (or nemeses) to the Worst Movie Ever Made. Hint: Make sure also to bring a box ...

Tracking the issue of waste through film

Maddy Folstein

November 9, 2017

The iPhone X was released on Friday and thousands of people will upgrade to the latest model, which means thousands of old iPhones will be thrown into recycling bins. This Thursday, as a part of its Sustainability Film Series, the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment will screen ...

“A Stray” depicts Somali American life in Minneapolis while confronting stereotypes

Suud Olat, a contributor to

Gunthar Reising

July 11, 2017

Ever since its recent “Scaffold Scandal,” the Walker Art Center has trod carefully around the topic of identity politics.The release of “A Stray” was a big step in the right direction.The film, which debuted this year at SXSW, is about a Somali American in Minneapolis who forms an unlikely rela...

The Southern Theater’s fringes of film-making

Audience members seat themselves before the Altered Esthetics Film Festival on Thursday, June 1 at the Southern Theater on West Bank.

Gunthar Reising

June 7, 2017

Inside the reception area, three dancers wove through the crowd shouting commands to each other like “Sustain!” while three people worked at separate keyboards. A girl waved her arms in the corner, occasionally emitting a soft wail. It was unclear if her participation was as an audience member or...

Minnesota Independent Film Festival debuts UMN students’ film projects

Minnecinema club members Andrew Schmidt, left, Kevin Olson, Sebastian Swanson, Eden Palmer, KC Schomas, right, pose for a portrait together in Northrop Memorial Auditorium on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Maddy Folstein

April 27, 2017

Before the dream of a debut at Sundance or Tribeca is realized, many student filmmakers set their sights on local, smaller-scale events like the Minnesota Independent Film Festival.The festival showcased eleven student-made short films on April 21, one of which was produced by Minnecinema Studios— the Unive...