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Movie Natters: January 12, 2007 Archive

Friday Shorts

Posted at 5:34 PM on January 12, 2007 by Euan Kerr

Man, I hope I can get out to the movies this weekend!

Some fun looking events coming up for local film fans in coming weeks

Next Tuesday Ali "Sweetland" Selim will present a lecture on both making and distributing the movie which seems to be having a remarkable life in the theaters. He'll speak at 7pm at the Minnesota Historical Society in St Paul. Tickets are $15 ($10 for IFP and MHS members) and are available by calling IFP MN at 651-644-1012.

And speaking of distribution the next "Fearless Filmmakers" event will be on "Exploring the Viral Market." The January 31st gathering at the Oak Street Cinema in Minneapolis will examine how a select few filmmakers have been able to use YouTube, MySpace, and other internet opportunities to break into the big time. As always the show will include screenings of work by local cineastes. Details at the Fearless Filmmakers site.

I am also learning more about the 5th Annual Reel Drama Film Festival is scheduled for January 20th at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis. The event is the brainchild of Susan Wolfe, the media studies teacher at South High. She has her students make short films, and then she works with a local video producer to screen the best of the bunch. After that she posts them on Google Video. She sent me this example as a sampler. The event is free and open to the public.

To borrow and possibly abuse a term from the great new book "Sacred Games" which is set against the Bollywood film industry, 'have a filmi weekend.'

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