Once again this year Film Misery has the pleasure to cover the Twin Cities Film Festival with coverage kicking off Thursday night. The festival, which is in its third year, highlights a mix of upcoming Oscar contenders, independent documentaries, small-budget comedies, and local offerings. The programmers to a nice job of scheduling the screenings with enough space between that a savvy movie-goer can easily catch multiple screenings in a single day. There are also a good number of Q & A sessions, workshops, presentations, and mixers to complement the many cinematic offerings. If you’re in the Twin Cities, I highly recommend checking it out.
Unfortunately I won’t have the necessary free time to see as many films this year as I have in the past. The lineup looks pretty good and there will undoubtedly be a few films that are unheard of at this point that could emerge as personal favorites of mine and other festival-goers. Last year the documentary The Iran Job, which has gotten little distribution outside of small festivals, was my sixth favorite film of the year and the indie comedy It’s a Disaster was another great festival discovery that had little word of mouth prior to the event.
The schedule this year includes an impressive number of mainstream films like August: Osage County and Last Vegas, along with a number of documentaries. I am particularly interested in Alex Gibney’s new film The Armstrong Lie and Gladiators: The Uncertain Future of American Football. Both will try to dissect Americans’ obsession with competition and winning with a different sport of focus. There are a few super small budget films that hope to emerge including Alex and Andrew Smith’s Winter in the Blood and J.R. Hughto’s Diamond on Vinyl.
This year I am going a little more commercial with my schedule and making sure to catch the films that are likely to be in contention in this year’s Awards race. Below is a complete list of my screening schedule for the 2013 Twin Cities Film Festival. Check out the complete schedule at the Twin Cities Film Festival official website.
Twin Cities Film Festival
Screening Schedule 2013
Thursday, October 17
Nebraska, Directed by Alexander Payne – 7:00pm
Wednesday, October 23
How I Live Now, Directed by Kevin MacDonald – 8:30pm
Saturday, October 26
August: Osage County, Directed by John Wells – 6:00pm
Nothing Without You, Directed by Xackery Irving – 8:30pm
Stay tuned for thoughts on each film and be sure to follow me on Twitter for live updates throughout the festival.