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Happy birthday Al

Posted at 9:35 AM on November 21, 2007 by Euan Kerr

The most irascible man in local film celebrates a big one today. Al Milgrom the cinematic force of nature behind what is now Minnesota Film Arts is celebrating his 85th birthday.

He's responsible for the U Film Society, the Rivertown Film Festival, now Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival, and bringing celluloid treasures and living film legends from all over the world to our city.

I remember the day I thought I had a scoop from him when he hinted during an interview that he was going to retire. And I even aired it too! Well, that was at least a decade and a half ago and he's still going strong.

If you haven't seen the MSPIFF trailer with Al in the boxing ring, you have missed a treat. When Al decks a much larger guy it really says it all.

Many happy returns Al! I hope you get to celebrate in the right way, with a good flick!

(Photo copyright Vincent Muzik, used with permission)

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