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A Song Called Hate

Ticket includes recorded Filmmaker Q&A
Young artists make a stand and attempt to create a meaningful debate through their art as the Icelandic BDSM techno band Hatari takes the stage at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel in 2019. Is it even possible to participate within a system while simultaneously rejecting it?

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After America

Ticket includes recorded Filmmaker Q&A
In 2019, director Jake Yuzna put out an open call in Minneapolis to criminal justice de-escalators to explore, through performance, the failures they saw in their work and in daily life. The result is an unconventional and eye-opening look at life in America.

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Devil's Pie — D'Angelo

Best of Fest Encores + Your ticket includes a recorded Filmmaker Q&A following the film.
Devil’s Pie—D’Angelo follows Grammy Award-winning singer D’Angelo, one of the most successful R&B acts in recent years, but whose struggle with numerous demons--not to mention a public eager to sexualize and hound him--made him walk away from the business for 14 long years.

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Invisible Valley

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Aaron Maurer’s fascinating and insightful documentary peels back the layers of the Coachella Valley and brings to light a diverse range of stories, from wealthy snowbirds to marginalized farmworkers, creating an indelible portrait of one of California’s most complex communities.

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Life & Life

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Reggie Austin is in San Quentin prison, serving a life sentence. When a film crew goes to the prison to film a documentary and stage a concert to honor sax great Frank Morgan (who once served there), Reggie steps up to perform. It changes his life forever.

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Microplastic Madness

Ticket includes recorded Filmmaker Q&A and Science on Screen conversation.
Can 11 year-olds take on plastic pollution? Fifth graders from Brooklyn lead a challenge against the pervasive use of plastics, asking probing questions about the local and global impacts on people, wildlife, and water systems. Using their own data to testify and rally City Hall, the young activists take action in their own cafeteria to eliminate all single-use plastic.

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Nextwave Youth Shorts

Best of Fest Encores + FREE LIVE FILMMAKER Q&A May 22, 2021 2:00pm CST:
Enjoy a free program of shorts made by high school students all over the world, including right here in the Twin Cities. A showcase celebrating the finalists of MSPIFF’s Nextwave Youth Film Competition, this year’s program was selected from over 400 submissions by the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Art Team, a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) group of young people dedicated to racial, cultural, and gender representation as a priority in their work to intentionally make space for youth of various backgrounds, and to create opportunities for emerging youth artists.

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Playing with Sharks

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Valerie Taylor isn’t your typical filmmaker — she is also a champion diver and noted marine conservationist, who has dedicated her life’s work to capturing images of sharks, most famously in the blockbuster Jaws. Director Sally Aitken’s stunning documentary captures this fearless Australian photographer and activist.

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Redemption of a Rogue

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Could Irish director-writer Philip Doherty be the new Martin McDonagh? The former playwright’s debut feature is a Bible-inspired, pitch black comedy about a prodigal son returning to his hometown to seek salvation for his sins. And it’s a neo-musical. Winner, Best Irish First Feature, Best Irish Film, Galway Film Fleadh.

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Riders of Justice

Your ticket includes a recorded Filmmaker Q&A following the film.
In this fabulous tragicomedy of fate a train accident elicits a series of therapeutic acts of revenge. Whether or not this is related to a stolen bike and a disgusting sandwich, it’s definitely about a group of misfits, who, in meeting each other eventually find love, self-respect, trust and belonging.

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Riders of the Purple Sage: The Making of a Western Opera

Drive-In Screening + Virtual + Q&A
A lone gunman silhouetted against the fading sun, stampedes and shoot outs, a masked rider, cows, tumbleweeds, sheriffs and cowboys and cowgirls--is the stuff of a western or the stuff of an opera? Riders of the Purple Sage: The Making of a Western Opera proves it can be both.

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Terminally Optimistic

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Terminally Optimistic follows the life journeys of three women with metastatic breast cancer. Eva, Krissy and Kim are adapting to their failing bodies in a variety of ways, because they must. Life has changed drastically after diagnosis, and they must reinvent themselves and accept a new "normal." This is the story of these three METAvivors, their families, caregivers, and communities.

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The Co-op Wars

Best of Fest Encores + Watch the recorded filmmaker Q&A
Today, Co-ops are multi-million dollar businesses, so successful they’ve prompted mainstream grocery stores to stock organic food. But in the 1970s, it almost ended before it began, as internecine battles and even hostile takeovers threatened this burgeoning movement.

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TiTi

Best of Fest Encores + Ticket includes recorded Filmmaker Q&A
Cinematic magical realism meets hard-edged drama in Ida Panahandeh’s stunning look at the life of Titi, an Iranian Roma Gypsy who earns pennies cleaning hospitals, becomes a surrogate mother… and saves the world from a rogue black hole.

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Under the Open Sky

Your ticket includes a recorded Filmmaker Q&A following the film.
After serving 13 years in prison for murder, ex-yakuza henchman Mikami (an outstanding Koji Yakusho) is a free man. But life on the outside is not what he expected: growing up a gangster didn’t give him the tools to navigate his new world. Writer/director Miwa Nishikawa’s diligently researched adaptation is superbly nuanced; filled with moments of humor, tenderness, and ferocity.

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Wet House

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What is a wet house? It’s a residential facility for aging alcoholics, where they’re allowed to drink, and perhaps a last refuge in an unending storm of neglect, self-abuse and despair. Benjamin May’s compassionate documentary pulls no punches nor casts any aspersions.

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Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America

Best of Fest Encores + Watch the recorded filmmaker conversation
Who We Are brings ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeffery Robinson’s searing Town Hall presentation on the legacy of white supremacy in America to life, as he travels across the country confronting both America’s tragic past and our urgent present-day reality.

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WORK IN PROGRESS FEEDBACK SCREENING - 40 Below: The Toughest Race in the World

A special Work in Progress Screening and Feedback Session for the feature documentary 40 Below: The Toughest Race in the World by Director/DP/Editor Marius Anderson, and Producers Marius Anderson and Melody Gilbert. Attendees should plan to watch the film and attend the feedback session on Wednesday, May 19 at 6:30pm to share their thoughts on the film with the filmmaking team.

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Wuhan Wuhan

Best of Fest Encores + Ticket includes recorded Filmmaker Q&A
Following a group of citizens of Wuhan in the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Yung Chang’s compassionate documentary examines what it means to be human in the face of overwhelming disaster.

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The Claw

Best of Fest Encores + Outdoor Screening + Virtual + Q&A
A cinematic documentary about the legendary wrestler Baron von Raschke, best known as “The Claw.” Step into the pro wrestling ring with Baron von Raschke and he’ll recount his journey from shy Nebraska Olympic hopeful to international infamy. The director-producer tag team of Minneapolis-based film director Philip Harder and von Raschke’s only son Karl have created a documentary unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

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CINEMA IN SESSION - Class 1: Introduction to Cinema

Join UMN Film Studies professor Rob Silberman, for an overview of cinematic elements in storytelling and principles to enhance your viewing experience.

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Hollywood Fringe

Best of Fest Encores + Outdoor Screening + Virtual + Q&A
Samantha and Travis have been trying to break into movies for years. When their dream project is green-lit, the producers want Travis for the male lead, but a younger actress for the female lead. What is Samantha to do but put on her infamous “Alien Play” at the Fringe Festival?

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THE MILGROM TRIBUTE: AGNIESZKA HOLLAND

FREE LIVE DISCUSSION May 16 at 2:00pm CST
The Milgrom Tribute recognizes the eminent, politically-minded, multi-award winning Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland. Ms. Holland is known as a trailblazing artist whose storytelling often elevates outsider perspectives and whose work as an auteur in the cinematic world is widely recognized as deeply personal and historically significant.

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Salute to Al Milgrom

FREE LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION May 16 at 4:00pm CST
MSPIFF40 will host a Zoom panel with friends and former colleagues of Al Milgrom, founder of MSP Film Society, to share and discuss Al’s influence in the world cinema community.

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THE SAGA OF FARGO: A Moment in Minnesota

FREE LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION May 16, 2021 6:00pm CST:
Join Melodie Bahan, Executive Director of MN Film and TV; Author Todd Melby; Actress Michelle Hutchison; Location Manager Anne Healy; and others, as we explore the iconic film Fargo, a standout in movie history and shot in Minnesota, through the eyes of the people involved in its making.

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CINEMA IN SESSION - Class 2: Fiction vs. Nonfiction Narratives

Join UMN Film Studies professor Rob Silberman, for an exploration and examination of Fiction and Non-Fiction Narrative films.

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After Antarctica

Best of Fest Encores + Closing Presentation + Drive-In Screening + Virtual + Q&A
A journey across both poles, After Antarctica follows polar explorer Will Stegers lifelong journey as an eyewitness to the greatest changes to the polar regions of our planet. Now, at the age of 75, Steger heads out on the ice and recounts the life-changing journey that led him to where he is today.

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CINEMA IN SESSION - Class 3: Race Representation in Cinema

Join MSPIFF Programmer, Filmmaker and Film Instructor Craig Laurence Rice for an exploration and reflection on race representation in cinema worldwide.

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