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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.”

Metropolitan State represented at Frozen Film Festival

A record crowd attended the Metropolitan State Student Filmmakers screening at the inaugural 2016 Frozen Film Festival on Feb. 6. The Frozen Film Festival is a three-day festival featuring contemporary American and international films and is an official event of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival.

Joe Ruiz, Frozen Film Festival director said, “These films go beyond typical student films and are actually on par with many professional entries we receive. They deserve a wide audience and I hope more people are able to see them. The screening was a huge success.”

The student screenwriters and directors included in this world premiere event were Peder Aalgard, Timothy Clark, Ryan Wilke, Matt Becker, Kong Xiong, Mayank Kant, Jenna Jahner, Autumn Kisling, Charles Nolan, Tom Cunningham, Brian Jackson, Denny Yang and Ian Withey.

“The audience’s enthusiastic reception of the films is a testament to the quality of the work and the talent of all these students,” said James Byrne, screenwriting professor in the Communication, Writing and Arts department.

For more information about the festival and the students’ work, visit stpff.com.

The 'red carpet' photo taken at the festival includes, from left to right back row: Jackson Agar, Brian Jackson, Peder Aalgaard, Mayank Kant. Left to right in the front row: Tim Clark, Jenna Jahner, Ian Withey.
Red carpet photo taken at the festival. Back row, left to right: Jackson Agar, Brian Jackson, Peder Aalgaard, Mayank Kant. Front row, left to right: Tim Clark, Jenna Jahner, Ian Withey.

Feb. 1: “Tested” filmmaker to show documentary

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Curtis Chin is the filmmaker behind the acclaimed documentary, Tested.

Metropolitan State hosts filmmaker Curtis Chin from 6–8 p.m., Feb. 1 in the Ecolab on Saint Paul Campus. This event includes a discussion with Chin and a showing of his highly acclaimed documentary, Tested.

Sponsored by Metro State’s Equal Opportunity and Diversity office, Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, and School of Urban Education. For more information contact jennifer.gibson@metrostate.edu.

Jan. 18: “At the River I Stand” at East Side Freedom Library

Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation and the East Side Freedom Library invite you to watch and discuss the award-winning documentary film At the River I Stand in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The showing is 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 18 at East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street, Saint Paul.

This powerful, hour-long film tells the story of the Memphis sanitation workers who organized with a union in 1968 to demand a living wage, respect and their rights to bargain collectively. It was during this struggle Dr. King was murdered.

This event is free and open to all. For more information, email info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org or call 651-774-8687.

Professor wins Best Director Award

James Byrne (second from left) on location directing "The Light of Each New Day". Metropolitan State alum Keith Mullin (far left) operates the boom microphone. Michael Hanna and Shelby Richardson, the lead actors, listen to Byrne's suggestions for the scene.
James Byrne (second from left) on location directing “The Light of Each New Day”. Metropolitan State alum Keith Mullin (far left) operates the boom microphone. Michael Hanna and Shelby Richardson, the lead actors, listen to Byrne’s suggestions for the scene.

James Byrne, CAS professor, won the Best Director Award in Saint Paul’s inaugural On the Line Film Festival for his short comedy drama, “The Light of Each New Day”. The film is a portrait of a young woman obsessed with collecting books. The festival ran Aug. 5–9 at the Landmark Center in downtown Saint Paul.

“The Light of Each New Day” premiered last April at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival and has since screened in other venues. On the Line Film Festival is international in its scope, based in Saint Paul, and hoping to grow in the future bringing more films to Saint Paul audiences.