Coen Brothers Come Home to Shoot “A Serious Man”

September 30, 2007

According to numerous press accounts, Minnesota natives Joel and Ethan Coen will return home this winter/spring to shoot “A Serious Man.” Described as a dark comedy, the production will be set in the brothers home town, St. Louis Park. The project is slated to shoot from March to June. Focus Features is the distributor and release is planned for spring 2009

Officials at the Minnesota Film and TV Board credit the Snowbate program, Minnesota’s film incentive, as a key element attracting the production. They estimate that as many as 100 Minnesotans will work on the film.

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IFP Minnesota Hosts “On the Lot” Finalist Andrew Hunt

September 24, 2007

Minnesota filmmaker Andrew Hunt is scheduled to speak on Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at 7pm, at IFP Minnesota Center for Media Arts. Hunt will share his experiences, lessons and work samples as a finalist on the Fox reality TV show, On The Lot. Produced by Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett, On The Lot featured filmmakers competing in weekly elimination competitions with the ultimate prize of a million dollar development deal at Dreamworks. The event is part of IFP’s professional development series for directors.

IFP Minnesota is located at 2446 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114. Ticket prices are $5 for IFP and MFA members, $8 for the general public. For more info, click:

Thanks to Chris Gegax of Signal Pictures for sending over this item.

Film Series, Festival Featured in Regional Papers

September 15, 2007

Yesterday’s edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press featured an article about a children’s film series sponsored by the Minneapolis Public Library. The series, which is called Childish Films, starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 15, in the Downtown Minneapolis Public Library. Additional films will screen the third Saturday each month. Admission is free. The series will feature classic, foreign and independent films. Read “Innovative film series lets kids get in touch with their inner grown-up” at the Pioneer Press web site.

The Duluth News Tribune filed a report about a film festival held at the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School on the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation. That event focused on racism and stereotyping. Georgina Lightning, director of “Older than America,” an independent feature shot on the Fond du Lac Reservation last year, participated in the event. Read “Race in film: worth discussing at Fond du lac “ at the DNT’s site.