March 27, 2023


MINNEAPOLIS (March 8, 2017) — The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul on Thursday released the lineup of Minnesota Made films to be included in the 2017 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF). Also released are the Master Filmmaker Tribute, the Minnesota Cinematic Arts Award Honoree, a preview of two of the festival’s numerous parties, and MSPIFF’s Virtual and Augmented Reality Exhibition.

MSPIFF returns April 13-29, bringing 250 new films representing 70+ countries to audiences throughout the region. The full festival lineup will be available beginning March 23.

This year, MSPIFF—the largest film event in the Midwest—expands to include select screenings at the Capri Theater in Minneapolis, in addition to screenings at its hub at the St. Anthony Main Theatre, the Uptown Theatre, Metropolitan State University’s Film Space in St. Paul and the Marcus Wehrenberg 14 Theater in Rochester.


This year, MSPIFF will honor director Frederick Wiseman with the Master Filmmaker Tribute, and Minnesota producer Sarah Pillsbury with the Minnesota Cinematic Arts Award, two annual awards that are being launched this year. The festival will feature focused retrospectives on the groundbreaking works from both Wiseman and Pillsbury.


Virtual Reality (VR) has claimed its place as a dynamic visual playground for artists and filmmakers who are reimagining and transforming our cinematic experiences. With VR — and its newer twin, Augmented Reality (AR) — now coming into its own as a means of artistic expression, this year’s Festival is the perfect moment to explore this burgeoning field and fascinating new chapter in cinematic storytelling. To celebrate VR’s coming out party, we have curated a special selection of 11 VR projects (see below) that we feel represent highlights of the best, most engaging, and mind-expanding work of the last two years. The VR and the Future of Storytelling Exhibition runs from Friday, April 21 – Tuesday, April 25 at St. Anthony Main. Admission is free and open to the public.

Virtual Reality and the Future of Storytelling:

Title and Lead Artists

Across the Line (VR)
Nonny de la Peña, Jeff Fitzsimmons, Brad Lichtenstein

Giant  (VR)
Milica Zec, Winslow Turner Porter III

HEROES, A Duet in Mixed Reality (AR + VR)
Melissa Painter, Eric Adrian Marshall, Tim Dillon, Thomas Wester, Jason Schugardt, Laura Gorenstein Miller

Minnesota in 360  (VR)
Chuck Olsen

Notes to My Father  (VR)
Jayisha Patel

Operation Aspen  (VR)
Danfung Dennis

Out of Exile: Daniel’s Story (VR)
Nonny de la Peña

Richie’s Plank Experience (VR)
Richard Eastes, Toni Eastes

Through You  (VR)
Saschka Unseld, Lilly Baldwin

Under the Canopy  (VR)
Patrick Meegan

Use Your Imagination  (VR)
Roberto Drilea

Panel: VR/AR & the Future of Storytelling
Saturday, April 22, 5:00pm. A-Mill Artist Lofts Performance Hall, Minneapolis

Arguably the most disruptive force in filmmaking since the birth of the art form, Virtual/Augmented Reality is radically transforming how we experience the medium of film. This panel of VR and AR filmmakers, whose work is featured in our VR/AR Exhibition, will describe their path-breaking creative processes, address the technical challenges they met, and discuss how VR and AR are stretching the parameters of cinematic storytelling in bold, unpredictable, and exciting ways.


MSPIFF is not only premieres exciting films from around the world, but brings people together for parties and social events combining live music, entertainment, and cinema. Two of these events are the MSPIFF Preview Party and our annual XYZ Party.

The MSPIFF Preview Party Presented by the Star Tribune and the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul on Wednesday, April 5 brings Star Tribune Movie Critic Colin Covert, MSPIFF Programming Director Jesse Bishop and MSPIFF Programmer Craig Laurence Rice together for an exclusive conversation that will pull back the curtain on what goes into planning the largest film festival in the Midwest. The event begins with a reception at Aster Cafe’s River Room, 125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, followed by the conversation and a screening of Page One: Inside the New York Times at the St. Anthony Main Theater, 115 SE Main Street, Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival’s annual XYZ Party: Music Video Gallery Show returns April 21, co-presented by Minnesota Music Coalition and the Minnesota Music Summit. Head to the Soap Factory for a music video experience, featuring a curated selection of some of the best national, international and Minnesota Made videos, projected on surfaces throughout the gallery space. Don’t miss live performances by Gramma’s Boyfriend and Graveyard Club, beer from Indeed Brewing Company, food trucks, and more. This event takes place Friday, April 21 from 8:00pm to midnight.


MSPIFF is the focal point for local filmmakers, and we’re proud to present a line-up of more than 80 new locally made short and feature length narrative and documentary films from around the state.


Filmmakers attending | World Premiere
Three documentaries that explore the cultural, political, artistic, theatrical phenomenon happening every May Day in Minneapolis for over 40 years. Directed by Will Hommeyer, Daniel Polsfuss, and Mike Rivard. USA. 2017. English. 97 min. Documentary.

Filmmaker attending | World Premiere
A documentary about the history, and the reunion of, Minneapolis Indie rock legends 12 Rods, following the band from its roots in Oxford, Ohio to working with Todd Rundgren. Directed by James Francis Flynn. USA. 2017. English. 105 min. Documentary.

Filmmaker and crew attending | World Premiere
An intimate snapshot of the people involved in North Dakota’s historic oil boom, telling a story of rural industrialization and distress that unfolds over multiple story lines to form a mosaic of cultural, environmental, and economic turbulence. Directed by James Christenson, Lewis Wilcox, Jonah Sargent, Eliot Popko. USA. 2017. English. 85 min. Documentary.

Filmmaker and subject attending | Minnesota Premiere
Winona LaDuke fights the Enbridge pipeline, galvanizing her community to save the sacred wild rice lakes and preserve their traditional indigenous way of life. Directed by Keri Pickett. USA. 2017. 105 min. English. Documentary.

in the wake of a second cook
Filmmaker attending | Minnesota Premiere
Woven from wildly disparate elements, in the wake of a second cook seamlessly ties nature, documentary, and fiction into a new filmic experience. Directed by Rolf Belgum. USA. 2016. English. 70 min. Narrative.

Minnesota Premiere
After years of silence Liv begins to create a new language of her own by weaving together Shakespeare’s words. A neurologist commits her, and Liv begins to rebel. Directed by Catherine Eaton. USA. 2016. English. 89 min. Narrative.

Filmmaker and cast members attending | World Premiere
A young woman wakes up alone in a motel room. Her boyfriend has ditched her, leaving her with a few dollars, a toothbrush, racing leathers, and a supermoto motorcycle. She’s just learned that she’s pregnant. Directed by Joe Maggio. USA. 2017. English. 85 min. Narrative.

Filmmaker and crew attending | World Premiere
In 1950s Tuscany, Verena, a young nurse (Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke), is helping a young boy who is suffering trauma over the death of his mother while also contending with a haunted castle. Directed by Eric D. Howell. USA, Italy. 2017. English. 94 min. Narrative.


Title and Director

13 Roads in Otter Tail County
Nik Nerburn

A Meanwhile Wonder
Michael Kampa

Allan Kingdom “Fables”
Martin C. Pariseau

Angels Walk
Brian Few Jr.

Michael Kuznar

Authentically You
Tyler Eichorst

Bionik (feat. Lizzo) – “Ball Like Beijing”
Powerhouse Animation Black & Blue, Simon Tolman, Jasper Lazor, Amir Sharif

Cambot: The Sad Sad Robot
Jaafar Alnabi                                      

Carl Eller – The Hunt for Self Expression
Pam Colby

Coyote Story
Daniel Seman

Dead Birds
Emily Fritze

deM atlaS – “Perfect Day”
Samiera Abou-Nasr

Jonathan Oster

Devil’s Sonata, The
Michael Kuznar

Dreaming with Lola
Jila Nikpay

Dreams of Ice
Jack Davis

Eric Howell 2015 McKnight Media Fellow
Feven Gebrezgi

C.B. Jacobson

Fog – “Made to Follow”
Andrew Broder

Fraea – “Criminal”
Maria Juranic

Graveyard Club – “Cellar Door”
TJ Schwingle

Haley Bonar – “Kismet Kill”
Nicole Brending

Kevin Byrnes

Head Below Water
Lucy Bowman, Evan Judson

Hello! My name is Eitzen
Dave Eitzen

Zachary Green

How the Circus Saved My Life…Chimgee’s Story
Stewart Lippe

How to Make the Girl – How to Make the Maker
Ann Prim

I’ve Got a Tolerance
Tyler Hudson

Ice Breaker
Carrie Bush

Illegal Aliens
Justin + Kristin Schaack

Cable Hardin

Interlude, The
Ruth Reitan

Kenilworth Sketch
Sam Hoolihan

Kill the Idiot
John Gwinn

Legend of Cyril, The
Beth Peloff

Lowering the Barrier
Caitlin Hammel

Melissa Moua

Chris Jopp

Mr. Cooper
Sihai Zhu

Simone LeClaire

New Neighbors
E.G. Bailey

Nathan Fisher, Jamal Ali, Amel Al Sammarraie

P.O.S. – “Lanes”
Mercies May

Polica – “Wedding”
Isaac Gale

Ragman, The – A Hobo’s Story Untold
Cy Dodson

Rainy Container
John Marks

Joe Rein

Cynthia M. Uhrich

Roots in Richfield
Christopher Lange

Save the Velodrome
Christian Isaac Sundquist

Nicole Brending

Lyle Corbine

Sister Species – “Star”
Jack Davis, Eli Edleson Stein

Son of Man
Josh Cisewski

Sonny Knight & The Lakers – “Sooner or Later”
Erik Nelson

Spectral Response
Holly Streekstra

Standing Rock
Markus Hoeckner

Stress of Her Regard, The – “Class Warfare”
Ilya Simakov

Stuck In Time
Asher Glaser

Elizabeth Chatelain

Ryan Melling

Swimming in the Desert
Alvaro Ron

Raechel Bosch

Tree Work
Kevin Obsatz

Truthful Innards
Margaret Polzine

Tyte Jeff – “1952”
Paul Danhauser

Colin Stanhill

Video Game
Wilson Hunter, Miguel Fresco Hanlon

White Dog
Rini Keagy

Without Papers
Andres Parra

MSPIFF is presented by the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, a dynamic 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to fostering a knowledgeable and vibrant appreciation of the art of film and its power to inform and transform individuals and communities.
The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival is generously supported by the Star Tribune, Cedarwoods Foundation, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Minnesota State Arts Board Legacy Amendment Funding, National Endowment for the Arts, McKnight Foundation, US Bank,
The Minneapolis Foundation, Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, Indeed Brewing Company, Canon, Cinequipt, the Uptown Association, Fox Rothschild, Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, numerous international Consulates, and the 2,000+ Members of the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul.

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