Minnesota Monthly Reports on Forthcoming Film Production

January 3, 2008

Movie Madness II, a report in the January edition of Minnesota Monthly, outlines future Minnesota film projects. Read it at http://www.minnesotamonthly.com/media/Minnesota-Monthly/January-2008/Movie-Madness-II/.


“Remember Minnesota” Scouts Locations in Bismark, ND

November 12, 2007

According to a report filed by CBS affiliate KXMB-TV, “Remember Minnesota,” a feature film project about an underdog University of Minnesota rowing team, recently scouted locations in Bismark, ND. Producers Brad Melby and John Carroll Lynch (Fargo, Zodiac, Grumpy Old Men) are featured in the news story.

View the report courtesy of YouTube.

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“Remember Minnesota” is scheduled to shoot this spring, according to the report.

Independent Film Night Comes to Duluth, MN – November 16

November 10, 2007

IFP Minnesota will host a night of information and entertainment at the Play Ground Theater in Duluth on November 16, 2007. The event will include two workshops on “How to Apply” for the McKnight Filmmaking and Screenwriting Fellowships and a special edition of Cinema Lounge, the popular monthly film showcase that features locally-produced short films.


Duluth Play Ground Theater

  • 6-7 p.m. – Screenwriting Fellowship “How to Apply” workshop
  • 7-8 p.m. – Filmmaking Fellowship “How to Apply” workshop
  • lounge_main.jpg8-9:30 p.m. – Cinema Lounge, featuring…
    • 12 Moons On Gichigami by Mark Ryan (6 min.)  See it!
    • Cross Country with the Snakes by Hansi Johnson (13 min.)
    • Birds At Night (Might Fall) by Bridget Riversmith (3 min.)  See it!
    • Jesus Loves Me by Jason Page (2 min. excerpt from the upcoming feature, “God Rocks”)
    • Resonance by Paul Creager (10 min.)
    • Broc by Steve Ash (20 min.)

Pizza Luce’

  • 9:30 p.m. – Party

Aspiring filmmakers and screenwriters are encouraged to attend this free event.

More information at:

Source: IFP press release and web site.

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: http://www.ifpmsp.org/new.html#OnTheLot.

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

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 freerangefilm.com.

“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.

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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.