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2013 Minneapolis Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

Poster with roaring gorilla promoting the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival

The 6th annual Minneapolis Underground Film Festival makes its move into October this year where it will be screening on Oct. 3-6 at the St. Anthony Main Theater. The fest, while screening new films from all over, does a fantastic job of screening movies by local Minnesota filmmakers.

Some of these locally produced films include Mark Nielson’s spooky road trip flick Land of Sky Blue Water; Adam Jacobs’ suspense comedy Weekend Hat, which was also produced entirely by high school students; Dave Ash’s sci-fi drama Connected, which is co-directed by Paul von Stoetzel, whose short film Twisted Sister screens before the feature; Donny West’s autobiographical documentary Dazzle (The Donny West Story); and Phil Holbrook’s drama Tilt. There are also loads of short film programs featuring work by local filmmakers.

Other feature films to be on the lookout for include Daniel Martinico‘s L.A. nightmare Ok, Good; the music-charged thriller Discopath by Renaud Gauthier; and Julia Ostertag‘s queer music underground documentary And You Belong; and Joe Tropea and Skizz Cyzyk‘s doc on anti-Vietnam War activists, Hit & Stay, which won the Audience Award at this year’s Chicago Underground Film Festival.

There are also loads of other great movies to see stuffed into this amazing four-day film celebration.

The full Minneapolis Underground Film Festival lineup is below. For more info on the films, please visit the fest’s official website.

October 3

1:00 p.m.: “Experimental Short Films”
#Post Modem, dir. Jillian Mayer & Lucus Leyva
In My Room, dir. Chance Taylor
Pretty Much – Episode 1 – Evolutionary Psychology vs. the “Teen Mom”, dir. Steven Strauss
Stritch, dir. Arturo Cubracub & Sarah Weis
Opiate Girl, dir. Arturo Cubacub & Sarah Weis
Prelude & ErotiLoop, dir. Neil Ira Needleman
Former Models, dir. Benjamin Pearson

2:00 p.m.: Meat Me in Plainville, dir. Greg Hanson & Casey Regan. A father and daughter must escape what they thought was the perfect small town but is really a hotbed of cannibalism.

2:30 p.m.: Land of Sky Blue Water, dir. Mark Nielson. While driving across the Midwest, a NYC couple encounter several eerie locals who may or may not be ghosts.
Screening with:
Anna, dir. Emily Downes

4:00 p.m.: “MN Made Music Videos”
Dumb Dumbs, dir. Greg Hanson
JC’s Recap, dir. Jake Bailey
JC Stioebel – Lemonade, dir. Jake Bailey
Listen Up, dir. Jake Bailey
Kids Like Us – Sleep Paralysis, dir. Mercies May
Literati – Modern Life, dir. Mercies May
Literati – Parade, dir. Mercies May
Chad Erickson & The Untimely – Buy the Ticket, dir. Mercies May
SGT. Buzzkill – Naked, dir. Mercies May
Mercy, dir. Tony Franklin

5:15 p.m.: Weekend Hat, dir. Adam Jacobs. A man falls into a world fraught with danger while trying to recover his special new hat.
Screening with:
Sheepdog Wanted, dir. John Akre

7:15 p.m.: Connected, dir. Dave Ash; consulting dir. Paul von Stoetzel. While trying to replicate the human genome, a computer programmer becomes unbearably frustrated and disillusioned.
Screening with:
Twisted Sister, dir. Paul von Stoetzel

10:00 p.m.: “Special Late Night Selection (TBA)”
Screening with: Angst, Piss & Shit, dir. Fredrik S. Hana

October 4

1:00 p.m.: Ok, Good, dir. Daniel Martinico. An aspiring Los Angeles actor spirals ever downward during the grueling process of trying to find steady work. (Watch Online)

2:25 p.m.: And You Belong, dir. Julia Ostertag. This documentary sheds light on the queer music underground by following one of the genre’s biggest acts, Scream Club.

4:00 p.m.: “MN Made Shorts”
ReCalculating, dir. Peter Bean
Citizen ‘Caine, dir. John Ervin
My Only Son, dir. James Vogel
The Fighters, dir. Ron Johnson
Mine is Mine, dir. Kyle Bowe

5:45 p.m.: Dazzle (The Donny West Story), dir. Donny West. In this autobiographical documentary, West fully exposes his life as the drag queen Lady Patra.
Screening with:
Welcome to New York, dir. Steven Tylor O’Conner

8:00 p.m.: Stones in the Sun, dir. Patricia Benoit. Several groups of people must deal with their interconnected lives while travelling from Haiti to New York together.
Screening with:
Sweet Honey Chile, dir. Talibah L. Newman

10:00 p.m.: Discopath, dir. Renaud Gauthier. A young man is transformed into a raving psycho whenever he hears disco music.
Screening with:
Yellow, dir. Ryan Haysom

October 5

1:00 p.m.: Roots of Rescue, dir. David Cowardin & Joe Olivieri. This documentary showcases the struggles that animal rescuers face while trying to save canines from the savage world of dog fighting in Alabama.

2:15 p.m.: Where’s the Fair?, dir. Jeffrey Ford. Whatever happened to the World’s Fair and how has that loss affected the concept of American exceptionalism are questions asked by this documentary.

4:00 p.m.: “MN Made Short Films”
Travel In Spirals, dir. Tou SaiKo Lee & Justin Schell
Storytime, dir. Conor Holt
Concentration, dir. Dan Dorland
Torn, dir. Kassandra Langum
The Moment, dir. Beth Vang
The Mediocres, dir. John Gigrich & Kris Dunlap
Fighting History, dir. John Gigrich
How People Talked in 1940’s, dir. Nathan Hastings
The Healing Musical, dir. John Gigrich
The Deuce, dir. Edward Linder
The Butler Did It, dir. Justin Schaack & Kristin Schaack

6:10 p.m.: Tilt, dir. Phil Holbrook. Circumstances compel a father to reconnect with his estranged daughter, whom he hasn’t seen in over a decade.
Screening with:
Disco Nap, dir. Nick Bain & Peter Browne

8:00 p.m.: Full Circle, dir. Solvan “Slick” Naim & Olli Koivula. A pizza delivery boy seeks revenge after his best friend is killed by a local thug.
Screening with:
Slick the Misfit – Bushwick Boys, dir. Solvan “Slick” Naim

10:00 p.m.: The Demon’s Rook, dir. James Sizemore. After being raised by a demon in a parallel dimension, a young man escapes back to his home world, Earth, bringing a horde of monsters with him.
Screening with:
The Last Video Store, dir. Timothy Rutherford & Cody Kennedy
Perfect Drug, dir. Toon Aerts

October 6

1:00 p.m.: Hit & Stay, dir. Joe Tropea & Skizz Cyzyk. This documentary recounts the story of the Catonsville Nine, a group of anti-war activists who committed the major act of burning hundreds of draft files in Maryland during the Vietnam War.
Screening with:
Act of Terror, dir. Gemma Atkinson & Fred Grace

3:00 p.m.: “Narrative & MN Made”
Last Remnants, dir. Charles Pieper
Becoming Henry, dir. Anna Goodman-Herrick
Les Esclaves (The Slaves), dir. Jesse Mast
Jackpot, dir. Björn Tobiasson
City Boots, dir. Ryan Strandjord
Secret Keeper, dir. Bears Fonté
Tourvall the Terrible, dir. Sean A. Skinner

4:30 p.m.: The United States of Hoodoo, dir. Oliver Hardt. Author Darius James returns to the U.S. following the death of his father and travels the country to examine the culture and practice of African-American art.

6:15 p.m.: Murder of Couriers, dir. Tom Macleod & Neil Brill. This documentary profiles a group of bike messengers working in Vancouver.

7:50 p.m.: Mondo Fuzz: Twilight of the Idles, dir. Andy Ray Lemon. Dive into the world of Austin, Texas’s garage rock scene in this documentary.

10:00 p.m.: LFO, dir. Antonio Tublén. A man discovers that his powers of hypnosis can bring about some dire consequences, not just for him, but for all of humanity.
Screening with:
Grasshopper, dir. Ryan Roy & Michael Usry
Green Eyed, dir. Nathaniel Lindsay


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