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Nov. 21: Lunchtime with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

You’ll feel as if you are on stage with the musicians when three digital performances featuring the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will be screened with high fidelity stereo sound and big screen presentation in the university’s Film Space auditorium.

Bring a lunch and see and hear digital recordings of performances by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Stop in for a few minutes of amazing classical music and images, or stay for the whole concert. The event is free and open to the public

• 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 31, Film Space, Founders Hall, Saint Paul Campus.

Performance will feature  Romance in F Minor for violin and orchestra; Antonin Dvorak with SPCO violinist Maureen Nelson, soloist; Sonata for String Orchestra, William Walton; Sonata No. 4, Italian Felix Mendelssohn

• 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday. Nov. 7, Film Space, Founders Hall, Saint Paul Campus.

Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach – Jeremy Denk Plays Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto; Chamber Symphony in F for Strings and Winds, Dmitri Shostakovich; Piano Concerto No. 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven

• 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday. Nov. 21, Film Space, Founders Hall, Saint Paul Campus.

Fair Melusina Overture by Felix Mendelssohn, Thomas Zehetmair, conductor; Violin Concerto Peirre Jalbert, Thomas Zehetmair conductor, Steven Copes, violin; Symphony No. 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Thomas Zehetmair, conductor

Contact James Byrne, james.byrne@metrostate.edu for more information.

Nov. 9: ‘Whose Streets?’ film screening

A screening of the film, “Whose Streets?” will also feature a discussion at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9 at Film Space auditorium, Founders Hall, Saint Paul Campus, 700 E. Seventh St.

The  film documents the events and activism of the demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of Michael Brown. The event marked a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis County. Grief, long-standing tension, and renewed anger united the residents to hold vigils and protest the tragedy. As the National Guard descended on Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, these community members became the torchbearers of resistance.

View the “Whose Streets?” flyer.

This screening is sponsored by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Office of Diversity and Equity, Social Science Department, Student Life and Leadership, and the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship.

Call for entries for Student Film Festival

Submit your film to be be screened in the university’s new state-of-the-art digital cinema theater. The inaugural Metropolitan State Student Film Festival will be 7 p.m., Oct. 20, at Film Space theater in Founders Hall, Saint Paul Campus.

The festival is open and non-juried. Students or alumni with a short film to showcase are encouraged to send their name, the film title and its duration to James Byrne, james.byrne@metrostate.edu. Do not send the film. Only films under 20 minutes will be considered.  The submitter must be the film director or screenwriter.  The window for entries will close when spaces are filled or by the deadline, Oct. 16.

Sept. 21: Film screening, “The Embrace of the Serpent”

The Minnesota premiere of “El Abrazo de la Serpiente” (“The Embrace of the Serpent”), will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium. Admission is free.

This Colombian film was Oscar nominated in the Best Foreign-Language Film category.  Based on a diary, it is the story of Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

“I have seen this brilliant beautiful film and I highly recommend it.  You will be transported to a different time and place.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to see a movie in Film Space yet, this is your chance,”  says James Byrne, Screenwriting Program coordinator and
Film Space director.

The screening is hosted by Metropolitan State University, College of Liberal Arts, Film Space, and community partners, the Colombian Consulate (Chicago), Intergarción Cultural Colombiana en Minnesota, and Global Minnesota.

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.”

June 23-24: Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival

Click to download flyer

The Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival encourages Hmong people in the media, recognizes Hmong filmmakers and celebrates their stories. This year includes the first double-feature screening. The event is free and open to the public.  

The Qhia Dab Neeg (Storytelling) Film Festival strives to preserve the rich cultural heritage of Hmong people and their stories through the art of film and takes the tools of contemporary American storytelling and places it into the hands of Hmong artists. Metropolitan State University hosts the annual Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival through co-sponsorship with the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship and the Hmong Student Organization, providing opportunities for students, faculty, staff and the community to view film screenings, a photography exhibit and engage in discussions with Hmong filmmakers.  

The theme this year is The Essence of Hmong. Each year the festival showcases films from Hmong filmmakers worldwide, from filmmaking veterans to individuals with a camera and a story to share. It is from this venue that Hmong stories find a contemporary platform in which to be heard.

Screenings are shown at Film Space auditorium, Founders Hall, Metropolitan State University Saint Paul Campus, 700 East Seventh St. More information can be found on the organization’s Facebook page.

 Tentative screening/festival schedule: (Film selections to be annouced)

5:00 pm – Opening
5:30 pm – Recognize photographers
6:00 pm – Keynote Speaker
7:00 pm – Feature film 1
9:00 pm – Q&A
10:00 pm – Closing

12:00 pm – Short films
2:30 pm – Feature film 2
5:00 pm – Q&A/Closing
6:00 pm – Transition to In Progress for Dinner
(213 Front Avenue, St Paul, MN 55117)
7:30 pm – Awards
8:00 pm – Socialize
10:00 pm – Closing

Day 1: Eventbrite link
Day 2: Eventbrite link

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.

Slideshow: Reception for Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

Metropolitan State University kicked off its second year of hosting the Saint Paul film events for the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival on April 21.

The university was able to provide complimentary admission to Metropolitan State students for all films screened in the Film Space at Founders Hall Auditorium for the duration of the festival. The open film at Metropolitan State was “Theater of Life,”
a documentary film about Chef Massimo Bottura, whose restaurant Osteria Francescana was named the world’s best restaurant in 2016, sets his sights on a new culinary adventure: taking food that is to be thrown away and making it into delicious and nutritious gourmet dinners for the most vulnerable people in Modena, Italy.

The annual Minneapolis Saint Paul International Film Festival is in its 36th year. Each year, the Film Society of Minneapolis scours the globe in search of cinematic excellence, otherwise not available in our part of the world. Last year, 45,158 attendees saw films from 72 countries.

March 31: “How Love Won: The Fight for Marriage Equality in Minnesota”

“How Love Won: The Fight for Marriage Equality in Minnesota” is a documentary that has been getting new attention because it deals with how to talk about politically contentious issues in a way that brings about positive change.

The documentary also shows how grassroots activism led to the passage of the marriage equality bill. “How Love Won” has been shown in festivals worldwide and now is coming home to Minnesota for a one-night special show at Saint Paul’s newest digital cinema theater, Film Space, Founders Hall, Metropolitan State University.

Director and producer Mike McIntee will introduce the film and take questions after. Tickets are $5 through the Minneapolis St. Paul Film Society.

• 7 p.m., Friday, March 31 at Film Space, Founders Hall, Metropolitan State University, 700 East 7th St.

April 21-28: International Film Festival returns to Film Space at Metropolitan State University

For the second year, Metropolitan State University welcomes the 36th annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival [MSPIFF], which will screen several entries at the new digital cinema theater, Film Space, at the Saint Paul Campus.

Download festival schedule

The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival runs April 13–29 and showcases over 250 films at numerous locations in the Twin Cities, including several films and shorts that will be screened at Film Space.

The events at Film Space start with an opening reception and party at 5 p.m., April 21 at Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus, 700 East Seventh Street, followed by a 7 p.m. screening of “Theater of Life,” a documentary about a chef who sets his sights on reusing food and turning it into delicious and nutritious gourmet dinners for the most vulnerable people in Modena, Italy. Festival screenings at Metropolitan State will continue nightly Monday to Saturday through April 28.

The university will provide complimentary admission to Metropolitan State students for films screened in the Film Space at Founders Hall Auditorium throughout the MSP International Film Festival with presentation of a valid Metropolitan State student ID card. University employees can access discounted tickets for screenings in the Metropolitan State Film Space by presenting a valid Metropolitan State faculty/staff ID card.

“​​We are happy to welcome back the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival for the second year at Metropolitan State University’s Film Space,” said James Byrne, program director for Film Space and screenwriting professor in Metropolitan State’s School of Communication, Writing, and the Arts, College of Liberal Arts. “Last April was the first year of Film Space. It opened in April 2016 and the first festival we hosted was the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. This year we have another selection of distinguished and amazing films from all over the world showing on our campus from April 21 to April 28 at Film Space in Founders Hall.”

“With screenings at Metropolitan State University’s beautiful Film Space, we’re excited to bring our lineup of international, national and local independent films across the river to make this a Film Festival that truly serves the entire Twin Cities,” said Susan Smoluchowski, executive director of the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, MSPIFF’s non-profit parent organization.

Metropolitan State’s Film Space digital cinema theater is the only one of its kind in Saint Paul and will serve the arts community and independent film lovers. The creation of Film Space is funded in part through a $30,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to the Metropolitan State University Screenwriting Program through the Metropolitan State University Foundation.

The heart of Film Space is to foster film arts and enrich the community through film and film events. By serving academics, the arts community and all those interested in independent film the project will bring new film festivals to Saint Paul and provide new screening opportunities for film artists.