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Q&A with Joshua Oppenheimer: Grappling with “The Act of Killing”

Joe Kellen

March 6, 2014

Anwar Congo, an active member of the paramilitary organization Pemuda Pancasila in Indonesia, didn’t hesitate to appear in the Oscar-nominated “The Act of Killing.” Widely favored to win Best Documentary Feature, it lost to “20 Feet from Stardom” over the weekend.   In the film,...

The African connection

Thomas Q. Johnson

November 14, 2013

For many years, African cinema was left in its infancy, held back by arcane laws and practices steeped in bigotry like the French “Laval Decree,” which sought to limit the role Africans played in film production, until it was nullified in the 1960s. In the time since, filmmakers have prod...

Something for everyone Underground

Callie Sacarelos

October 3, 2013

The director of the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival is expecting attendance to double this year. But bigger crowds and increased publicity won’t bring the festival into the mainstream. “It’s more about the content of the films,” festival director and lead programmer Mark ...

Derek Mears at ComedySportz

Derek Mears is more than growls and machetes.

Spencer Doar

September 26, 2013

Nearly 25 years ago, Derek Mears was just a scrawny Californian high-schooler dreading a field trip to a nearby ComedySportz performance.  Little did he know, that trip would begin his evolution into a monster.  All nerdy innocence at the time, the 17-year-old fell in love with the improv outfit...

Film students look for a home

Communications junior Marty Davis fixes the lighting in preparation for a film class on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Rarig Center.

Emily Eveland

September 12, 2013

Elizabeth Habib decided that she wanted to be a TV producer during her freshman year at the University of Minnesota. She knew of two departments offering production courses: com­munication studies and cultural studies and comparative literature. “Communications seemed like more of a &mdash...

Quiz: Your perfect fall TV show

Sarah Harper

September 5, 2013

This upcoming TV season is one of the most promising in recent years, especially in the realm of comedy. Some heavy-hitters are making triumphant returns (we hope) — “The Mindy Project” is back for its second season and “How I Met Your Mother” for its final. We did have ...

“White Cactus” and white lies

Minneapolis teacher Jen Arzayus, left, and lead editor Zane Spang explain the process of shooting and editing a documentary on Thursday, June 6, 2013, at Arzayus's Minneapolis home. Her documentary

Joseph Kleinschmidt

June 12, 2013

Trash bags marked with red tape carried the cocaine. A trucking company would gather the haul like it was garbage at ports, sites where the cruise ships docked. In the 1980s, coke from Colombia poured into American harbors and Jairo Enrique Arzayus knew how to capitalize. His keen business sense allowed hi...

Trash Talk

Ryan of the shadow cast for the Rocky Horror Picture Show plays Frank N Furter live during a midnight showing of the film on Sunday, May 26, 2013, at The Uptown Theater. The theater shows Rocky Horror on the last Saturday of every month and actors from the shadow cast, Transvestite Soup, perform along with the movie while screaming profanities and interacting with audience members throughout the film.

Joseph Kleinschmidt

May 29, 2013

“Starcrash” hasn’t aged well, but last Wednesday, the 1978 Italian sci-fi romp graced the screen of the Trylon Microcinema, where B-movie fans gather each week to embrace the forgotten pop-culture refuse of the past. When the Emperor of the known universe once again initiated yet anoth...

Movie review: “Upstream Color”

Joseph Kleinschmidt

May 9, 2013

Shot on 16 mm film on a mere $7,000 budget, 2004’s “Primer” stands among the brainiest sci-fi movies ever made. But the technical story didn’t depend on a multi-million dollar Michael Bay budget — the director even filmed most scenes in one take. Jargon-laden dialogue made for...

Seeing stars: “The City Dark” at the Bell Museum


Joseph Kleinschmidt

May 2, 2013

What: “The City Dark” Where: Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St. SE, Minneapolis When: 7 p.m., Thursday Cost: Free with museum admission   Armed with his homemade telescope and a star guide, Ian Cheney discovered the night sky early in life. Now, the director runs his film st...