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MSPIFF: Milgrom rides again

Posted at 6:42 PM on April 13, 2009 by Euan Kerr

Anytime you visit Al Milgrom you seem to end up with paper, lots of paper. He handed me a sheaf of fliers about just a fraction of the films at this years Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival which opens Thursday.

Al, the long-time director of the festival, is all about promotion. He spends the days before the festival visiting anyone he can think of who might have an interest in a certain kind of film, and then drops off a flier or two, (or 30 or 40.)

Milgrom says the event has more feature films than ever before. He says there are 147 movies on the docket at the moment, (although he always fudges that you can count them in different ways, and that number may change.)

However he says this year there has been a real effort made to show many of the films twice. He claims 85 percent will get a couple of screenings. He is also confldent the spread of Minnesota-made films, a category curated by Bobby Marsden, is the best ever.

Tens of thousands of tickets will be sold in coming days, but the office seemed remarkably calm compared with years past. This is the 27th time the festival has run, and Al has directed every one.

Maybe Al's getting it down.

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