Free Range Festival Announces Selections

July 19, 2007

The Free Range Film Festival announced its 2006 program of farm fresh films recently. The two-day festival, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, July 27 and 28, takes place in Wrenshall, Minnesota. The fest features a unique venue, with films screening in a barn.

According to the festival’s web site, thirty-eight films, varying in length from 1 to 88 minutes, will screen in three sessions over two days. Organizers are asking for a $10 donation per session.  Additional details, including travel directions and a map, are online at


Call for Entries to the South Metro Short Film Festival

July 11, 2007

According to a press release from the City of Eagan, the deadline for the South Metro Short Film Festival is approaching. Submissions must be received by August 17. The festival will screen films on Friday, September 29. To be considered for selection, films should be 10 minutes or less in length and appropriate for family viewing (G, PG, PG-13). The entry fee is $25.

“Best in Show” winner will be awarded a cash prize and a IFP membership. A film in each age category, youth and adult, will also win cash prizes and “Quality Entertainment Awards.” The judges reserve the right to make up additional awards.

For more information and a link to the entry form visit

“Older Than America” Selected for IFP Rough Cut Program

July 9, 2007

Older than America, the independent feature shot in Cloquet, Minnesota this past fall and winter, was selected to participate in IFP’s prestigious Rough Cut Lab. Each year IFP selects ten documentaries and 10 narrative films to participate in program. To qualify, films by first-time directors must have all or a “substantial amount” of the footage needed to complete their films in the can. Participants receive focused feedback from seasoned independent filmmakers on technical and creative issues related to post-production, including editing, music and sound design. Advice on festival entry, marketing and sales are also provided.

This year’s Lab took place in New York City on June 12-15. Director Georgina Lightning, produce/writer Christina Kenewa Walker and Editor Clayton Condit participated.

More at:

Fimmakers Featured in Duluth News Tribune Article

July 9, 2007

According to a report in today’s Duluth News Tribune, Carrie Boberg and Jason Page are able to focus on filmmaking and forget about day jobs, thanks to the generosity of a local foundation. The Duluth-based filmmakers are partners is in 4 Track Films, a start-up production company funded by the Zeppa Foundation. The feature article profiles Boberg, Page their company and their current project, God Rocks, a mocumentary about a Christian battle of the bands.

Read the details at

Note/rant: Read it quick. because the Duluth News Tribune and other Forum Communications publications postings are only free for a week. After that they charge for them.

The Zeppa Foundation has funded several arts-oriented projects in Duluth, including support for a costume rental business and a theater that will program independent and foreign film. See my previous posts on June 6 and May 19.