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5/25: Open Screen Film Series: “The Good Exorcist”

Metropolitan State University’s Film Club invites you to a screening of The Good Exorcist as part of the Open Screen Film Series. The screening will be shown 7 p.m. May 25 at Metropolitan State’s Film Space in Founders Hall, 700 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, 55106.

The screening will open with the short film Shear Madness, written and produced by Metropolitan State alum Ian Withey. Refreshments provided.

The Good Exorcist, directed by local filmmaker Josh Stifter, follows a socially awkward but reliable exorcist attempting to remove a difficult demon from a ranch owned by an eccentric family in Texas. However, the demon proves to be more difficult than the priest assumed it would be.

The Good Exorcist was made in association with the show Rebel Without a Crew for $7,000. The show, produced by Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Sin City, Spy Kids), asks filmmakers to emulate the same fast-paced low-budget guerrilla filmmaking techniques that Rodriguez employed while making his debut feature film El Mariachi for less than $7,000.

A discussion with filmmaker Josh Stifter will follow directly after the show.

July 28: “Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez” screening at Film Space

Known simply as ‘El Nobel’ or ‘The Novel’ in his home country, Gabriel García Márquez has earned worldwide praise and acclaim for his novels and short stories like One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, and No One Writes to the Colonel. 

Márquez was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Dec. 8, 1982.

Film Space presents the Minnesota premiere of the film Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez. This film is a mile marker documenting the life and legacy of Márquez, directed by Justin Webster. It won the award for ‘Best Documentary’ at the 2016 Chicago Latino Film Festival.

The film is part of the Open Screen Film Series at Film Space. It is presented by the Intergarción Cultural Colombiana en Minnesota, the Colombian Foreign Ministry, and Metropolitan State University. Cosponsors include the Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center, and Global Minnesota.

Film: Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Date: 7:30 p.m., July 28
Location: Film Space Founders Hall
Metropolitan State University
300 Maria Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55106

Parking is available in the parking ramp adjacent to Founders Hall for $5 to outside guests.

Get more information about Film Space and maps, or search online for “Film Space.”

May 26: “No Blood of Mine” free screening and Q&A with writer, director Wesley Ellenwood

No Blood of Mine

Watch a free film screening of the neo-noir mystery No Blood of Mine followed by a discussion with writer and director Wesley Ellenwood and cast member Larry Yazzie (Meskwaki Nation of Central Iowa).

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, May 26
Location: Film Space, Founders Hall
Free parking for this event is available in Metropolitan State University’s ramp.

Synopsis: The story follows Victoria, a young businesswoman, who accepts a loan from a North Dakota gangster. When her Williston business fails, she flees under the cover of darkness back to her hometown of Duluth, Minn. After a reunion with her wealthy biological father, he meets an untimely demise. An investigation follows, led by the clever Detective Rennie Dupree (played by Larry Yazzie) and his rookie partner Officer Mark Sorenson. Victoria must decide between joining the gangster or face incriminating evidence linking her to the murder.

No Blood of Mine was shot entirely on location in Duluth, Minnesota. More than 75 percent of the cast and crew are from Duluth or the Twin Cities.

This screening is part of an Ordway community engagement series, Oyate Okodakiciyapi: a unique celebration of Native music and dance, guided by Community Coordinator Christal Moose (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) and an advisory council of Native and Indigenous community leaders. For the full list of happenings, including performances, exhibitions, conversations, and workshops, click here to visit The Ordway’s website.

The event is presented by the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in collaboration with Open Screen Film Series at Film Space, Metropolitan State University. “Open Screen Film Series” is funded in part through a Knight Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

March 31: 2016 Student Screenplay Awards

Metropolitan State’s Screenwriting Program proudly announces the winners of the 2016 Metropolitan State University Student Screenplay Awards. The university community is invited to an awards celebration and staged reading of the winning screenplays by professional actors, 7–8 p.m., March 31, in the Student Center, Saint Paul Campus.

First place is awarded to Matt Becker for his screenplay, “What’s Left,” a drama about the last man on Earth searching for a friend. Autumn Kisling is awarded second place for her futuristic screenplay, “New Future,” about a clever street girl who is recruited into an elite governing council but finds little solace in her new status. The Third Place Winner is Annie Moua for her screenplay, “Dust Covered Desires,” about a third grader who discovers a magical creature inside an old grandfather clock but gets more than she bargained for.

In addition, a screenwriting alumni and past winner is chosen to be honored each year. This year recognizes Zach Jansen, a three-time winner of past Student Screenplay Awards.

The Student Screenplay Awards recognizes professional achievement in screenwriting, builds community and engages audiences though public presentations of the art of screenwriting. The competition is judged by screenwriting alumni and is cosponsored by Metropolitan State’s Screenwriting Program, Film Club and Alumni Association.

For more information, contact James Byrne, coordinator, Screenwriting Program, at james.byrne@metrostate.edu

Film Club opens year with first meeting


Film Club opens the year with a meeting on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 6–8 p.m. at Zelo Restaurant, 831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. Food and drinks are provided.

Film Club, promotes the advancement of Metropolitan State students within the local film community. It is a unique way to give additional educational opportunities outside of the traditional curriculum. Such opportunities include: participation in film production from inception to completion, film screenings, lectures from other filmmakers and networking opportunities. Film Club offers students a variety of different experiences including, but not limited to: writing, directing, acting, editing, producing and crewing.

Film Club meetings include guest speakers, movie banter and the opportunity for students to express their enthusiasm for film.

The next meeting is Saturday, Sept. 16. The location has not yet been decided.

For more information, contact Film Club through their site on OrgSync at https://orgsync.com/45423/chapter.