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A time to purge

Joe Cristo

June 29, 2016

To film the latest installment of the “Purge” series, Universal Pictures spent $10 million, and unfortunately, there’s no reason to believe the film is worth the cost.  With $10 million, you could buy a vacation home in Orange County, or 100 seconds of Super Bowl ad time. You could...

From fake to reel

Danylo Loutchko

March 24, 2016

Missy Whiteman believes film is powerful medium, as it’s able either to perpetuate harmful stereotypes about her fellow Native community or help dismantle them.     The documentary “Reel Injun” attempts to do the latter by putting film history and modern perspectives in dia...

Cine Latino film festival is back

Brenda Tran

November 19, 2015

The Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul is bringing Cine Latino back for its second year from Nov.  19 to 25. The film festival, which takes place at St. Anthony Main Theatre, will showcase new and classic cinema from the Spanish-speaking world.    Jesse Bishop, programming director at th...

‘Midwestern miserablism’

Breann Thorne and Corey Smith in 'This Loneliness. This Loneliness will be featured in the Twin Cities Film Festival which runs at the Showplace ICON from Oct. 21-31

Chance Wellnitz

October 22, 2015

Finding success in filmmaking is a near impossible dream. After months or even years of struggling to find a cast, the time and the money, success is never a guarantee.   Minnesota filmmaker C.B. Jacobson is more than ready for the task. Jacobson’s debut feature, “This Loneliness,” ...

Students undertake scary film fest

Rtusha Kulkarni and Julia Marshall of the student group MinneCinema Studios watch a play back of their submission for the 48 Hour Film Horror Project. Participating groups were given 48 hours to create an original horror movie, which will be shown at the Mall of America on Thursday evening.

Chance Wellnitz

October 22, 2015

Aman wakes up sitting at an unfamiliar table, zip-tied to his seat. Classical music fills the room as he pulls against his binding. He looks to see two cameras pointed at him, recording him, one to his left and one right.   A woman enters with breakfast.   “Good morning, Dave,” she says, cheerfully. “Do...

Moving forward in environmental lit and film

Isabella Romano

October 20, 2015

Massive rallies juxtaposed against smokestacks churning dark pollution into the air is the usual visual formula for a climate change documentary.    However, “This Changes Everything,” which premieres in Minneapolis this week, is more promising than the average documentary &mdash...

Minnesota children return to their roots

Isabella Romano

October 1, 2015

July 2013 was a month of firsts for Jessica, a 14-year-old first-generation Guatemalan-American from Worthington, Minn. It was her first time on a plane, her first time going to Guatemala and her first time meeting her grandparents.    “When I got off of the bus [in Guatemala] and I m...

There’s a Riot Goin’ On

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival founder Al Milgrom poses at Espresso Royale on Thursday afternoon. Milgrom's documentary

Grant Tillery

April 9, 2015

While making his rounds in Dinkytown, local independent filmmaker Al Milgrom, 92, stopped at a campus luxury apartment complex to discuss his latest film, âÄúThe Dinkytown Uprising,âÄù with the buildingâÄôs developers. He said he was shocked by their lack of knowledge regarding th...

Hip-hop without borders

University of Minnesota graduate Justin Schell works on finishing touches to his documentary

Jackie Renzetti

February 5, 2015

University of Minnesota Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature graduate school alum Justin Schell traveled across the globe for his Ph.D. dissertation. When he got back, he found that he couldn’t fit all of his experiences into his paper. Over the course of several years, Schell worked wi...

Q&A: Hans Zimmer

 Alex J. Berliner/AB Images for Paramount Pictures

Laini Devin

November 20, 2014

Hans Zimmer’s musical vocabulary is one without words, and one that he described as mysterious and personal. His latest film score comes in “Interstellar,” Christopher Nolan’s feature that opened in the United States on Nov. 7. The award-winning pair has collaborated on movies includ...