On today’s episode of Film45 spring is finally here and that means that 36th annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival is in full swing. We sneak in a chat with one of MSPIFF’s lead programmers, Jesse Bishop to learn about how he became a programmer under the tutelage of Al Milgrom, how he approaches curation, and whether or not he ever gets to take a break.
Snowbate is still in jeopardy, so contact your elected officials and let them know what Snowbate means to you!
The hosts of Film45, Jeremy Wilker and Rick Vaicius, have an end-of-year chat about Flyway, Sound Unseen, the film culture in The North, and going to Sundance once again.
Filmmaker, producer, editor, assistant (and more) Jason Schumacher chats with us about his features, shorts, and the state of filmmaking here in The North. His most recent short film, Sad Clown, is a must-see film and his last feature, The Telephone Game, is getting VOD release this month. Jason is working on the forthcoming feature film, Twin Cities, with David Ash, a documentary about competitive skydiving called Beyond The Thrill, and he’s also a board gamer in his free time.
The IFP MN grand re-opening gala celebration is this coming weekend, August 21-23rd with food, drinks, special guests, gala party, open house, gallery opening and much more! Friday and Sunday are free, but get your tickets now for Saturday night!
At the recent Documentary Summit MSP here in the Twin Cities, Jeremy sat down with Jan Selby, from Quiet Island Films, to chat about her career path and her socially-impactful documentary films. Her doc about veterans and peace, “Beyond The Divide,” has had a great festival run and will be broadcast in the fall and she’s already at work on her next doc on Montessori education, currently titled “Building The Pink Tower.”
IFP MN Docuclub (facebook group)
We visit with documentary filmmaker Dawn Mikkelson and learn all about her approach and work in the doc arena, including the projects on ‘green’ energy, Green Green Water, and forgiveness, Risking Light. Dawn is the owner of Emergence Pictures and a member of the Twelve Plus collaborative. She will be one of several filmmakers providing their insights and expertise at the upcoming Documentary Summit at MCAD on July 24-25th.
Mark your calendars for IFP MN‘s new facility grand opening celebration weekend, August 21-23rd 2015.
Documentary Summit MSP
Jeremy sits down with Kevin Pontuti, professor at UW Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin, to learn more about the 2015 Summer Cinema Intensive (an 8-week college-credit hands-on filmmaking course) and the normal degree offerings for students enrolling at Stout (digital cinema, animation, sequential/comic art). Plus, the wooded river-side setting can’t be beat!
UPDATE: Norah just won the Best MN Doc award at MSPIFF! Congrats!
This episode we sit down and chat with producer-director Norah Shapiro about her new documentary, Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile, which just had its local premiere at MSPIFF 2015 (after the world premiere at DOCNYC!). Does starting off as a public defender make for a good filmmaker? And what does local moonshine have to do with any of this?
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