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After Antarctica

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 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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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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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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The Claw

Outdoor Screening + Virtual
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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The Co-op Wars

FREE LIVE FILMMAKER Q&A May 18, 2021 7:00pm CST:
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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Devil's Pie — D'Angelo

FREE LIVE FILMMAKER Q&A May 15, 2021 12:00pm CST:
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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Hollywood Fringe

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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Life & Life

FREE LIVE FILMMAKER Q&A May 15, 2021 2:00pm CST:
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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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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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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THE SAGA OF FARGO: A Moment in Minnesota

Join Melodie Bahan, Executive Director of MN Film and TV; Author Todd Melby; Actress Michelle Hutchison; Location Manager Anne Healey; 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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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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Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Opening Presentation | Outdoor Screening + Virtual
In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record—created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion.

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Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America

FREE LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION May 17, 2021 7:00pm CST:
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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