Central Standard Fest Set to Showcase Regional Films Again
by Eugene Hernandez
Seeking to showcase the best in American regional filmmaking, IFP Minneapolis/St. Paul has announced the slate for its second-annual Central Standard Film Festival (CSFF), which will run September 17-21. Thirty-one feature films and 41 shorts will screen during the event.
The festival is headed by co-directors Jane Minton (executive director of IFP MSP) and William Kruse, with Todd Hansen serving as director of programming and Wyatt McDill as associate programmer.
The festival will open with "Evenhand," a story of South Texas cops that was written by Mike Jones and directed by Joe Pierson. Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty, who created music for the film's soundtrack, will perform at the opening night party following the screening. The festival will close with Kelly and Tyler Requa's "The Flats," the story of a group of friends that was shot in rural Washington State.
Among the films set to screen at the Central Standard Film Festival include "Funny Ha Ha," Andrew Bujalski's debut feature which was selected as one of indieWIRE's best undistributed films of 2002, Michael Gilio's "Kwik Stop," hailed as an overlooked film by Roger Ebert, and John O'Brien's story of life in Vermont, "Nosey Parker." Docs will include Jesse Moss' look a demolition derby champion, "Speedo," Laura Gabbert's exploration of life in a Los Angeles retirement home, "Sunset Story," Melody Gilbert's "Whole," the story of people who wish to be amputees, and Dawn Mikkelson and Jamie A. Lee's "This Obedience," a portrait of Anita C. Hill's struggle, as a lesbian, to become a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
"We champion the stories and cinematic visions coming from the vast interior of our country," festival organizers said in an announcement. "We believe that these stories and visions are vitally important, and they they reach the screen too infrequently."
Planners have set aside September 19 as a day of seminars at the Depot Hotel, including a study of the locally made film, "Vernie," as well as a session on photography. Festival venues include the Heights Theater, the Weisman Art Museum, Saint Anthony Main, Intermedia Arts, and Bryant Lake Bowl.
[For more information, please visit: http://ifpmsp.org/centralstandard2003.htm.]