Twin Cities Film Festival 2011 Preview

While Film Misery is not quite the caliber of website that gets invited to major film festivals like Cannes or Toronto, I am excited to announce that I will be covering my first film festival as a member of the press this week. The Twin Cities Film Festival is currently in its 2nd Year and will allow Minnesotans the opportunity to screen some highly anticipated Fall offerings before they hit theatres. Among the higher profile titles are 50/50, Like Crazy, Machine Gun Preacher, and Undefeated. Starting tonight I will be screening a select number of the Festival’s offerings and interviewing a few of the stars that will be in town to screen their films.

Below is my official schedule for the Twin Cities Film Festival to give you an idea of what movies are playing and what kind of coverage you can expect from Film Misery:

Tuesday, September 20

The Bully Project – Directed by Lee Hirsch

This documentary about the epidemic of bullying in our public schools received rave reviews at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. The subject matter is particularly interesting to me as my wife is a public school teacher and I work often with high school students. The nature and scope of bullying in this country has changed drastically even since  my time in high school less than a decade ago and it is important that the issues do not go unaddressed.

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Wednesday, September 21

Like Crazy – Directed by Drake Doremus

The film that won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival will be coming to the Twin Cities over a month before it hits theatres nationwide. The public screening will be on Saturday followed by a Q & A with director Drake Doremus and star Anton Yelchin. I will be seeing it early so I can interview the pair on Friday. The story is about a long distance relationship between an American college student played by Yelchin and a British student played by Sundance prize winner Felicity Jones.

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50/50 – Directed by Jonathan Levine

Much has been written about this cancer comedy that screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and I cannot wait to see it for myself. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a 27-year old that is diagnosed with cancer and given, as the title suggests a 50/50 shot at surviving. Seth Rogen stars as his best friend and the film also features Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Anjelica Huston. It’s based on screenwriter Will Reiser’s real-life experience and is said to be packed with equal parts comedy and pathos.

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Friday, September 23

Machine Gun Preacher – Directed by Marc Forster

Gerard Butler stars as a former drug-dealer who has given up his criminal ways to do good by opening a school in Sudan. His violent ways are forced to resurface when Sudanese warlords threaten to interfere with his work. Besides having one of the best titles of the year, this looks like a solid movie from Marc Forster, the director behind Monster’s Ball and Finding Neverland.

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Tucker & Dale vs. Evil – Directed by Eli Craig

I was talked into seeing this movie by a friend who is a huge fan of Alan Tudyk. I’m not usually a big fan of the horror spoof genre, but this reversal of the usual horror movie tropes looks like enough campy fun to keep me entertained. It sounds like a great movie to see at a late night screening.

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Saturday, September 24

Like Crazy – Directed by Drake Doremus

Right now I am planning on seeing this movie a second time mostly so that I can view the Q & A by Anton Yelchin and Drake Doremus.

Click here for a full schedule of movies that are playing. If there are any you are particularly interested in that you think I should check out, let me know. If you are planning to be in Minneapolis to see any of these films, be sure to let me know. It’s going to be a busy week, but very fun!

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  • Jose

    Sweet, have fun!

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