Twin Cities Film Fest Filled with MN Ties

Created: October 10, 2018 09:03 AM

Anyone looking to catch a film or two with a "local" feel to it might want to consider heading to the Twin Cities Film Fest. Among the large line-up of movies this year are a few with Minnesota ties. Executive Director of the festival, Jatin Setia, stopped by Good Morning Northland on Wednesday for a preview. 

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Strange Nature: This film, based on a true, unsolved mystery of deformed frogs found in Minnesota waters. It follows a single mother who comes up to Duluth, with her 11-year-old son, to take care of her dying father. It's when they are up in the Northland that things get 'strange.' Many scenes were filmed in Duluth and the director, James Ojala, is a city native. 

Wunderland:  Filmed near Big Lake, this war flick is based around The Battle of the Bulge. Tom Berenger, largely known by many for his roles in Platoon and Major League, has an appearance in the film. 

"It's about this platoon holding a junction that's very crucial in the war," Setia says. "(It's about) finding faith within themselves to hang on in this strange land."

Small Town Robot: Greenbush, Minnesota has a population of about 700. This documentary follows the whole community coming together to help out their high school robotics team. Setia explains this is a "David vs. Goliath" story as the team goes up against nationally-recognized schools. 

In addition to these films, Setia says the fest will have countless other documentaries, independent films, blockbuster films, and a number of celebrity appearances. 

It runs October 17 - 27 at the Showplace Icon Theatre in St. Louis Park. Click here for prices and a complete schedule. 

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