Posted at 5:45 PM on March 18, 2009
by Euan Kerr
The Parkway Theater will present a special movie and concert performance Friday and Saturday to celebrate the release of a new films about a local musicians struggle with dystonia.
It's the story of Twin Cities guitarist Billy McLaughlin who had to learn how to play guitar left-handed after the condition made it impossible to play with his right hand. On Friday March 20th the theater will screen the documentary called "Changing Keys - Billy McLaughlin and the Mysteries of Dystonia." The show will be broadcast on TPT in late April. After the screening McLaughlin and his band will play live.
The following evening will follow the same format, except the first show will be the world premiere of "Coming Back Alive," a concert movie McLaughlin shot in Minnesota. You can find details here.
Thanks to NewsCut star Bob Collins who passed along news that Northfield folks can see a screening of "A Friend Indeed: the Bill Sackter Story." Sackter was the inspiration for the award-winning made-for-TV movie "Bill" starring Mickey Rooney, a show which launched Barry Morrow's career, and in time led to the making of "Rain Man." Film maker Lane Wyrick will introduce the film at St Olaf at 6.30 tomorrow (Thursday.)
And finally Al Milgrom called to make sure I had the dates for the Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival, ( which would be April 16th to April 30th, followed by almost a week of "Best of the Fest.") He also said to check out the website as many of the 120 films booked for the event are now posted and more are being added.