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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.

April 14-20: Campus screenings from the 37th 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. Screenings at Metropolitan State University’s Film Space will be April 14-19.

Metropolitan State will provide complimentary admission to university students for films screened in the Founders Hall Auditorium Film Space 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.

Download the MSPIFF university schedule

Click on the films title to view the trailer.

Not in My Lifetime

SHOWTIME: 2 p.m., Saturday, April 14
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus

In “Not in My Lifetime,” documentarian Pamela Colby offers insight into the fight for marriage equality from the viewpoint of the GLBT community of the Baby Boomer generation. For the GLBT community of this generation, denial of the right to marry forced couples to navigate an unsteady and often unjust world in order to protect and preserve their love.

Through periods of tensions and injustices, “Not in My Lifetime” showcases the bonds that have lasted and continue to stand for equality in the present day, focusing on individuals and couples of the Baby Boomer generation that have persisted despite adversity.

Colby is a documentary filmmaker and writer with over 30 years of experience in cinema and television. Her credits include Fertile Ashes (’11) and Secrets for Mom (’13). She is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and teaches Cinema and Documentary courses at Film North.

Growing Up Hmong at the Crossroads

SHOWTIME: Noon, Sunday, April 15
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus


From director Safoi Babana-Hampton, “Growing up Hmong at the Crossroads” is a documentary feature that serves as a portrait of culture, family and young adulthood. The film follows four children of Hmong refugees as they forge their places within a constantly shifting world. This film is a sequel to the award-winning documentary feature “Hmong Memory at the Crossroads” (2015), which follows the story of former Hmong refugee Liachoua Lee as he reflects on his family history and its complex ties with French colonial history, the legacy of the French Indochina War (1946-1954) and the American Vietnam War.

Workers Cup

SHOWTIME: 2:15 p.m., Sunday, April 15
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus


Adam Sobel’s documentary “The Workers Cup” is the kind of feature that cannot be ignored. With the 2022 FIFA World Cup on the horizon, Qatar’s migrant population exploded with over 4,000 Asian and African workers living in labor camps. Their jobs are strenuous and low paying, and the camp itself is akin to a prison. Keeping the 2022 Cup in the background, the film instead focuses on the workers’ own football tournament. Made up of workers from the 24 construction companies working in Qatar, the football players are stars when they hit the field, but find themselves on the lowest rung of the ladder otherwise.

A look inside modern oppression, Sobel’s film makes it a point to highlight each player’s personal struggle within a suffocating and destructive environment. What becomes clear from their stories is that the path toward a global “celebration” may be anything but.

The Other Man

SHOWTIME: 7 p.m., Monday, April 16
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus

A staged script reading co-presented by MSPIFF and FilmNorth, “The Other Man” by Matthew Dressel is about a weekend in the country that turns deadly when an inebriated hunter accidentally shoots a passing motorist and discovers a man bound and gagged in his trunk.

Number One

SHOWTIME: 6:50 p.m., Tuesday, April 17
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus

In Tonie Marshall’s film “Number One,” the marvelous Emmanuelle Devos plays an ambitious corporate manager, also named Emmanuelle, who dreams of becoming the first woman to lead a major French company.

Emmanuelle is tireless and determined in her pursuits. Currently working as a corporate team leader, she has her eyes set on a promotion but is always passed over despite her hard work and success. When she finally does get the chance, her place at the top is quickly threatened by personal and political factors—her father has a stroke, the lobbyist who championed Emmanuelle for the job suddenly dies and her husband and daughter wait somewhat impatiently on the sidelines. Meanwhile, others work behind the scenes to pull the rug out from under her. Within the chaos, Emmanuelle forges a way through the obstacles and setbacks, only to find herself at another trial—facing herself.


SHOWTIME: 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 17
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus

In Lithuania in 1992, Irena manages a small pig farm, but the switch from communism to capitalism catapults her business into turmoil. Her alcoholic husband is little help, and she has resigned herself to carrying the burden alone. Enter Bernardas, an American who offers a supposed “miracle” by promising to keep the farm alive. As Bernardas integrates himself into all aspects of Irena’s life, his intentions become less clear, and she soon begins to suspect his arrival may not be miraculous at all.

Moments of humor add levity to the story of Irena’s romantic and financial woes, and we as an audience are witness to Irena’s whirlwind of emotions as her business slips out from underneath her already shaky foundations. At its core, director Egle Vertelyte’s film makes for an endearingly strange tale of twisted intentions and the frailty of misplaced trust.

Happy Birthday

SHOWTIME: 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 18
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus


From filmmaker Christos Georgio, “Happy Birthday” tells the story of a broken family in a world of turmoil, and the family’s fight to survive. The central narrative is set in an unsettled Greece and follows riot squad officer Yiorgos (Dimitris Imellos) and his increasingly strained relationship with his teenage daughter Margarita (Nefeli Kouri). Their already fragile bond severs when Yiorgos, while celebrating his birthday with fellow officers, sees Margarita with a group of demonstrators in a fog of teargas.

Realizing they are on opposing ends of the conflict, Yiorgos returns home to a tense encounter with the Margarita. The family matriarch Sofia (Mirto Aikiki) rises above the ensuing arguments to make a suggestion—a road trip to the family’s neglected summer house. Reluctantly the two agree, and what follows is a journey shared by two clashing wills that will not, and perhaps cannot, come to an understanding.

Have a Nice Day

SHOWTIME: 9 p.m., Wednesday, April 18
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus


After his fiance’s botched plastic surgery, Xiao Zhang decides to take drastic measures to help her correct it and steals a case containing over a million yuan ($150,000 USD) belonging to his boss, a local mobster. Word about the missing case reaches the mobster, Uncle Liu, and off we go on a heart-pounding race to get the money back. This turns out to be easier said than done when Xiao Zhang himself gets robbed!

Director Liu Jian gives us a tour of China’s underworld and the odd characters that inhabited it in this edgy, vividly drawn animated thriller. Xiao Zhang’s descent into the worst night of his life is starkly rendered into a modern noir via animation, which is filled with suspicious characters who find themselves caught in absurdity rather than looking for a road beyond the darkness.

Dodging Bullets 

SHOWTIME: 6:45 p.m., Thursday, April 19
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus


Described as “stories from survivors of historical trauma,” this documentary film co-directed by Kathy Broere, Sarah Edstrom, Jonathan Thunder, and Bob Trench was produced in collaboration with several organizations and is the first to chronicle the impact of historical trauma on the lives of Native peoples today, giving voice to their stories of survival and resilience in the face of multigenerational trauma.


SHOWTIME: 9 p.m., Thursday, April 19
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus


A new type of sports hero is born in this warm hearted, fast-paced comedy from the director/writer of The Sandman. After accidentally losing a large sum of money belonging to his employer on what should have been a sure bet, sad-sack high school German teacher Balz Naef needs to replace the funds pronto. Taking inspiration from the streaker that distracted his heavily favored soccer team, he starts recruiting and training exhibitionists for illegal sports betting. His enterprising hairdresser fixes odds for punters to wager on the length of time a naked runner can stay on the field and shares the proceeds with Naef.

Although streaking becomes a trendy new sport in Switzerland, the soccer club owners are furious and Police Commissioner Sandra Strebel takes on the case. This witty and humorous romp offers excellent scripting and direction and, er, revealing performances from a seasoned cast.

El Inca

UPDATED SHOWTIME: 5:30 p.m., Friday, April 20
Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus

A film from director Ignacio Castillo Cottin, this biopic chronicles the life, love story and eventual downfall of Venezulan boxer Edwin “El Inca” Valero, whose career came to a crashing halt when he was arrested on suspicion of his wife’s murder.

A fighting force of nature, El Inca is propelled toward fame through pure willpower and, despite an accident that threatened to end his boxing career, would become known as one of the boxing greats in Latin America. However, his mental stability and personal life, namely his relationship with his wife Jennifer, become his undoing as marital tensions begin to unravel the boxer’s psyche, eventually leading to a tragic end.

El Inca was the official Venezuelan entry to the 90th Academy Awards.

Five Fingers for Marseilles

UPDATED SHOWTIME: 8 p.m., Friday, April 20

Film Space, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus

A hard-boiled Western set in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, “Five Fingers for Marseilles” follows a group of childhood friends who grew up under Apartheid. Once united under a cause, a tragedy results in the loss of their bond. Twenty years later and one of them, Tau, is released from prison. Though determined to start his life with a clean slate, he is pulled back into the fray by another bitter conflict. Wearing the guilt of an unspeakable loss, Tau finds the villains of his youth, white policemen, replaced by a league of black men who call themselves the Night Runners and are led by the brutal Ghost. Forever changed by the past, antihero Tau slowly reunites with his childhood gang to rid the land of the evil that has corrupted it.


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.