Feb. 5: Madison by James Byrne to screen at Frozen Film Festival

A new short film written and directed by James Byrne, screenwriting professor in the College of Arts and Science, has its Saint Paul premiere at the Frozen Film Festival, Friday, February 5, at 7:30 PM, at the Landmark Center in Saint Paul. Tickets are $10 at the door. Madison is an official selection of the inaugural 2016 Frozen Film Festival and is part of an evening of comedy dramas from several different directors.

The film is a comedic odd-couple road trip. A washed up bar band singer meets a loner with delusions of musical grandeur. They hit the road. Sparks fly. Confusion reins.

James Byrne writes and directs short comedy dramas that are screened in film festivals in the Twin Cities and around the country. He is the coordinator of the screenwriting major in the Communication, Writing and the Arts Department.

“In some ways my short films are improvisational. I’m not concerned with expectations or conventions of plot-driven narratives. I like to see interesting characters talking, interacting, and moving through space. I never approach the short film form as a mini-feature length. It’s a form unto itself. I make my films one image at a time, one word at a time, and one step at a time according to an intuitive guide and a desire to make something uniquely cinematic.”

Byrne often works with students and alumni. Pictured here are some of the crew at a wayside rest somewhere in Wisconsin filming the last scene of Madison. Metropolitan State University alumni who worked on the film include Joy LaDuke, Jill Schmaedeke, Zach Jansen and David Lee. The film stars Catherine Johnson Justice and Billy Mullaney, pictured on the right. James Byrne is filming on the car hood. Right after this picture was taken the windshield shattered.
Byrne often works with students and alumni. Pictured here are some of the crew at a wayside rest somewhere in Wisconsin filming the last scene of Madison. Metropolitan State University alumni who worked on the film include Joy LaDuke, Jill Schmaedeke, Zach Jansen and David Lee. The film stars Catherine Johnson Justice and Billy Mullaney, pictured on the right. James Byrne is filming on the car hood. Right after this picture was taken the windshield shattered.