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2009 Minneapolis Underground Film Festival: Trailer

By Mike Everleth ⋅ April 29, 2009

The 2nd annual Minneapolis Underground Film Festival is still a good eight months away, but the good folks at the fest have put together a trailer to promote it. Obviously, that’s it embedded above, and it’s an interesting short little film in and of itself. I like the look of it.

It’s also worth it to note that the festival is still open for submissions with a deadline of Sept. 1. The fest had a great first year and screened lots of favorites around these parts: Marta‚Äôs Sex Tape, Altamont Now, Attackazoids!, Saila and more. As for what the festival is all about, here’s an excerpt from their mission statement posted on their site:

There is a talented new breed of filmmaker out there, a breed of filmmaker that does not play by the established rules, that bridles against the crap they are spoon fed on TV on a daily basis. This new breed of filmmakers realizes that the technology is here all it takes is a new vision, a new way of looking at things to truly showcase your talents. The subject matter can be anything that is why we have freedom of speech. It takes the filmmaker to stand up and proclaim I am an artist and I am going to show the world my vision. However many or most do not because they are so used to feeling the pain of rejection. Most film festivals are run by collusion and corruption and the films are judged not by artists but by politicians and horse traders. It is time to stand up and reclaim our rights as artists to express our vision without fear of the mainstream.

Well, personally I agree with the “talented new breed” statement, but the filmmakers I know, especially the ones who made the films listed above are pretty bold promoters who work hard to get their films out there. So hey, join their ranks and enter the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival! More info at the official festival website.

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