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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.

April 13-29: 36th annual Minneapolis Saint Paul International Film Festival

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.

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This year’s festival will feature screenings at Metropolitan State University’s Film Space, Capri Theater, Uptown Theater and St. Anthony Main. There will be a virtual reality exhibit, as well as an experimental film program. Also featured will be a showcase of films by African and African American filmmakers, supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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.

Get the MSPIFF schedule at Film Space here. For more information, visit mspfilm.org.

Film Space seeks volunteers

Film Space is a state of the art digital cinema theater on the Saint Paul Campus of Metropolitan State University. The theater is accessible and open for community use including nonprofit organizations, film festivals, individual filmmakers, community/neighborhood groups, arts organizations, academics, and others. Those in charge of Film Space are committed to bring new films and filmmakers to Saint Paul and to engage audiences.

Film Space hosts a growing number of film festivals throughout the year, such as the Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival, the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, and others.

Student volunteers are sought to help run the projection booth and provide guest services during film festivals.  This experience will provide marketable skills, a great resume item, networking opportunities and valuable opportunities for  community engagement. Learn to manage and operate a digital cinema film theater and enjoy movies at the same time.  Training is provided.

About four to six evenings of festival work spread over the length of a semester will be an average work load.  Volunteer opportunities are available now.

Film Space is located in the Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus, 700 East Seventh Street, St. Paul.

Interested students can contact James Byrne, james.byrne@metrostate.edu.

April 13-29: 36th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

New programs, added venue, mark the return of Minnesota’s largest film event

MINNEAPOLIS — The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul today announced the dates for the 36th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. This year’s lineup will feature the latest bold, exciting and moving works from new and veteran filmmakers from around the world. The festival returns April 13-29, 2017 to cinemas throughout the Twin Cities.

This year, the festival — one of the longest-running in the nation — will expand to include select screenings at the Capri Theater in Minneapolis, in addition to showing at the St. Anthony Main Theatre, the Uptown Theatre and Metropolitan State University’s Film Space. Other additions include a virtual reality exhibition and experimental film program, a program of films by African and African American filmmakers supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a selection of Finnish films in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Finland, and a showcase of new international television series.

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Nov. 11-17: 4th Annual Cine Latino Film Festival

The following films will be shown at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Film Society in the Metropolitan State University’s Film Space. The festival runs through Nov. 17.

Horizons

Wed, Nov 16  5:45 PM

Horizons is a lyrical portrait of the lives of three Cuban women dedicated to the art of ballet—a 94 year-old living legend as she surrounds herself with memories; an acclaimed prima ballerina in her prime yet growing keenly aware of the fragility of her body; and of a young upstart struggling to rise through the ranks while searching for her voice.

How Most Things Work

Wed, Nov 16 7:30 PM

When her father dies unexpectedly, Celina leaves her dead-end job as a tollbooth operator and assumes her father’s as a traveling encyclopedia salesperson. Setting out on her first trip away from home, Celina embarks on a journey of facing the mysteries of adulthood and of the beauty of unexpected graces. Fernando Salem’s award winning debut feature strikes a delicate balance between humor and tenderness.

Panamerican Machinery

Tue, Nov 15, 7:30 PM
Thu, Nov 17, 7:15 PM

The strains of maintaining an ad hoc society are revealed in this savagely funny unforgettable Mexican satire about a once-powerful manufacturing company that will keep running at any cost.

The Song of the Hummingbird

Tue, Nov 15, 6:00 PM

Cine Latino Presentation.Director Marco Castro-Bojorquez’s followup to his acclaimed short documentary Tres gotas de agua (Three Drops of Water) is a rich and varied feature exploring what it means to be the Latino father of an LGBT child.

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Aug. 19: ‘Open Screen’ film screening

The first “Open Screen” film screening of five Twin Cities filmmakers will be shown at Film Space, a new digital cinema theater at Metropolitan State University.

Filmmakers selected for this showcase of dramatic narrative short films are:

  • Bryan Vue, director, “Reminiscence”
  • Cristina Pippa and Maribeth Romslo, co-directors “Under One Roof”
  • John Vang, director, “Retuned”
  • Sao Her, director, “Waiting”
  • Jackson Agar, director “The Infinity Project”

The screening will be at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19 at Metropolitan State University, 700 East 7th St., Saint Paul Campus. Admission is free. Paid parking is available in the ramp located off Maria St. for $5.

“Open Screen” provides opportunities for filmmakers to see their films projected in a comfortable, quality venue and to engage with peers and audiences in Saint Paul. We hope to build community, share work, and encourage professional development. This series is funded by a grant from the Knight Foundation.

KnightBlog: Independent cinema finds a new home in Saint Paul

Have you visited Metropolitan State’s new digital theater yet?

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation news blog wrote:

“The launch of Film Space is especially noteworthy as an arts space in St. Paul’s underserved Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood. According to [screenwriting professor and theater director James] Byrne, the community has embraced the endeavor enthusiastically. ‘Audiences have been very pleased with the venue and comment quite often about how comfortable the seats are, with good sight lines, clear sound, and how nice the picture looks.’ “