48 Hour Film Fest Screens “Best of Minneapolis”

June 26, 2007

The Twin Cities edition of th e 48 Hour Film Festival will premiere this year’s best entries at the Riverview Theater at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 28. Twelve entertaining shorts are scheduled to be screened at the Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Street S., Minneapolis, MN. The screening will be followed by a wrap party at the nearby Global Market. For more, visit the contest web site and my previous post.

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Mr. Clean Wants to Make a Scene

June 26, 2007

Mr. Clean is sponsoring another one of those YouTube-based make-a-commerical contests. This one features a $10,000 grand prize. There’s also a $5,000 sweepstakes for people who watch and rate the entries.

Learn more at www.mrcleanscenes.com.


Extras Needed for “God Rocks”

June 26, 2007

Duluth-based 4 Track Films is looking for background actors (extras) for concert scenes in its mockumentary, God Rocks. Described as a micro-budgeted feature, the film is about a Christian rock battle of the bands. Extras are needed for an overnight shoot on Saturday, June 30. Some bit parts parts are also available.

For more information, email auditions@4trackfilms.com or call 218-464-0184.

4 Track Films is operated by Jason Page and Carrie Boberg. Their previous feature, Newton’s Disease, is available on independentfeatures.com.

Sources: Duluth News Tribune, Eh? column, the production’s web site, and Minnesota Film & TV Board’s Town Hall meeting in Duluth.


84 Films Entered in 48 Hour Film Festival

June 12, 2007

Last weekend’s Minneapolis/St. Paul edition of the 48 Hour Film Festival attracted 84 entries. No doubt many of the participants are still recovering from the frenzied film making challenge. The films begin screening tonight with seven two-hour sets scheduled on June 12, 13, 14, and 18 at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis.

The event challenges film makers to complete a short film in just 48 hours. Teams receive their assignment, which includes a genre, character, line of dialogue and prop, on Friday evening and must deliver a finished production exactly two days later.

The event showcases the vitality and creativity of Minnesota’s film production community and usually features the kind of humor that results when film makers are sleep deprived.

More details at www.48hourfilm.com/minneapolis/.


Three Features Consider Minnesota Locations

June 7, 2007

Among the topics discussed at the June 7 Minnesota Film and TV Board Town Meeting in Duluth was a short list of feature length productions considering Minnesota locations over the next few months. These include Superior, considering a Grand Marais location; Assuming Room Temperature, an HBO production looking at Duluth/Superior; and Jeremy Holmes is a Pervert, no specific site mentioned. None of the titles have IMDB listings yet.

The Town Meeting featured Lucinda Winter, MN Film and TV Executive Director; Christopher Grap, MN Film and TV Production Services Manager; and Upper Minnesota Film Liaison Riki McManus. Local production companies, including Carlson Media, Four Track Films, Parthe Productions and Pro Video, screened samples of their work at the meeting, which was held in The Playground.


Zeppa Foundation Establishes Northern Theatrical Costume

June 6, 2007

Over the past several decades, Duluthian Doug Moen gathered vintage clothing – a lot of vintage clothing. The collection currently includes well in excess of 50,000 items. The A. H. Zeppa Family Foundation recently purchased Moen’s inventory and has created Northern Theatrical Costume to serve local theater groups and regional filmmakers. Items from the Moen collection have been featured in several features including Far North, Iron Will, and North County.

A very detailed article about the new service is available on the Business North web site, http://www.businessnorth.com/viewarticle.asp?articleid=1940.