MN Historical Society Sponsors Film Competition

March 31, 2007

The Minnesota Historical Society sponsors an annual film competition focused on “Minnesota’s Greatest Generation,” Minnesotans who came of age during the Great Depression and World War II. View the 2006 winners at

A call for entries for the 2007 competition is also available at


Arab Film Fest Opens on March 29

March 28, 2007

The historic Heights Theater in Columbia Heights will host this week’s Twin Cities Fourth Arab Film Festival. Scheduled for Thursday, March 29, through Sunday, April 1, the festival features 23 films, most from middle eastern and European countries.

Details, including film descriptions, schedules and ticket information, are available online at

KSTP News Package Features “Older Than America” Footage and Interviews

March 22, 2007

I recently discovered this link to a KSTP TV news package about the recent “Older than America” shoot in Cloquet, Minnesota. It focuses on two young Native American actors, Raven Bellefleur and Noah Kol Balfor, features interviews with director Georgina Lightning and producer Christine K. Walker, and includes a lot of on set footage.

48 Hour Film Project Dates Set

March 22, 2007

This year’s Minneapolis 48 Hour Film Project is scheduled for June 8 through 10. Other nearby sites for the annual competition include Chicago (April 27-29) and Fargo (May 18-20). Last year’s Minneapolis event attracted 58 team entries. Learn more at

Source: List serve email from Ira Livingston, Minneapolis site organizer.

“Into Temptation” Screenplay Reading Scheduled

March 14, 2007

Patrick Coyle, writer/director of the 2003 Sundance selection Detective Fiction, is staging a reading of his screenplay Into Temptation at the South High School Skybox Theater in Minneapolis at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 23. The event is a fund-raiser for the South High Theater Program.

Coyle lobbied during the 2006 legislative session for funding of the Minnesota Snowbate film incentive, arguing that Snowbate funding could make it possible to film Into Temptation in Minnesota. Coyle’s on the advisory board of Shoot in Minnesota, an industry lobbying group. Into Temptation is reported to be preparing to shoot later this year.

More details posted on the Minnesota Film and TV Board web site.

“Dead of Winter” Schedules Spring Shoot in Minnesota

March 7, 2007

Another Independent feature has announce plans to shoot in Minnesota. LA-based Dead of Winter Productions plans to shoot “Dead of Winter” in April and May according to a crew call on the Minnesota Film and TV Board’s web site. The six week long shoot will begin on April 9 with Jeff Fisher set to direct.

O.K., I get it. Minnesota has a reputation for being cold and “wintery.” And there is the Snowbate program, Minnesota’s production incentive program. Still it seems oddly pessimistic to shoot a film called “Dead of Winter” in April and May, even in Minnesota.

MNTV Available Online

March 2, 2007

MNTV is a television series that airs short films made by Minnesota filmmakers on Twin Cities Public TV. The program is funded by the Jerome Foundation and organized as a partnership between the Walker Art Center, IFP Minnesota, Twin Cities Public Television and Intermedia Arts. The 2006 selections aired back in October and November. Selected films from the series are now available online at

Full disclosure: I have a credit on one of these films.