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New historical docs shown the old way this weekend

Posted at 9:52 AM on October 18, 2007 by Euan Kerr

The Minnesota Historical Society is laying on a film gala this weekend as it announces the latest winners in its 'Moving Pictures' competition. Some 60 film makers have submitted films of up to 10 minutes honoring members of Minnesota's 'greatest generation,' the people who came of age during the Depression and WWII.

The event Sunday evening at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis aims to capture the mood of a 1940's Hollywood premier, with floodlights and red carpet arrivals for all the film makers. The MHS is encouraging audience members to dress in formal or period clothes.

There are also some prizes to be won, in fact over $10,000 will be awarded in the various categories including Best Film ($5,000), Best Depiction of “Coming of Age in the 1940s” ($2,500), Best Emerging Filmmaker ($1,000), Best Collaborative Effort ($1,000), and Legacy ($1,000).

The Riverview show is the culmination of a day which begins at the History Center in St Paul at noon with screenings of all the films in competition.

After Sunday's events, as with last year, the films will then go out into the community and will be shows across the state.

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