Posted at 3:43 PM on April 11, 2008
by Euan Kerr
It's tough to make a choice this weekend looking at the special film events available to twin Citians this weekend.
Underground film maker Craig Baldwin will also be in town for a series of appearances in connection with the U of M's Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature Graduate Student Film Collaborative. Baldwin makes movies with "found footage" using his huge personal collection of films from the mid-20th century. he uses other methods to get his images too. Early in his career he would dash into movie houses with a 16 mm camera running to see what he could film off the screen before he got thrown out.
He'll be showing his latest film, a science fiction piece called "Mock Up on Mu" which is about the militarization of space. He'll do a screening at the Parkway in Minneapolis on Sunday evening, and then a roundtable discussion on Monday afternoon at Nicholson Hall on the U of M campus.
This is also the final weekend of local film maker Todd Sklar's movie "Box Elder" at the Oak Street. Shot around the University of Missouri's Columbia campus, it's a down and dirty depiction of student life, with a group of four self described dudes with in interest in beer and sandwiches the like I have not seen since my own days in university. However given that I have just come back from the ceremonial college trip with Malcolm the 17 year old, the movie is now a little alarming, but it seems likely it will resonate with the collegiate crowd.
Speaking of the Oak Street the listings for the Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival are pretty much complete (although given the nature of film festivals there are often last minute changes.)