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After America

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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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After Antarctica

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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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Animal

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A dream; a meditation upon the interconnectedness of all things and the role in which the human animal finds itself indelicately balanced.

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Awakening

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When a young social elite at the turn of the nineteenth century explores life as a modern woman, she risks losing the man she loves and a certain future.

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Away We Go

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The bond between a sister and brother remain strong through all of life’s ups and downs.

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Becky Doll • Young Fresh Fellows

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The lesson is simply, listening brings back what is missing, listen. This young girl may have died in this metaphor, but with the Becky Doll’s encouragement, she lives on.

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Big Happiness

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Big Happiness is a personal exploration of adoption, identity, and colorblindness growing up in a transracial family.

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Breakdowns

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A mockumentary-style TV series about Patty Lee Casting, a Minneapolis-based casting office that pines for the good old days when the local film industry was booming.

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Brooklyn Red Caps

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Otis Hughes is the 73 year-old captain of the Brooklyn Red Caps, a multi-generational cycling group that includes cyclists of all levels.

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Buried

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Brian, a CEO of a major car company, wakes up on a desolate beach buried up to his neck in sand. His captor? Mara, a member of an environmental terrorist organization.

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Charlotte's Photographs

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The forgotten snapshots of a nurse in 1940's Minneapolis take us into the world of women's work in this animated musical documentary.

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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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The Co-op Wars

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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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Copycut Scanfill

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Photos collapse and colors collide in this jauntily abstracted cartoon!

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Dawn Chorus

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A man is haunted by a cosmic entity.

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Do I Qualify for Love?

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The autobiographical story of trans-masculine, disabled, nonbinary, award-winning filmmaker, Atlas O. Phoenix (formerly Ayesha Adu,) as they revisit a physically abusive night with their parents.

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Endless Yesterdays

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In the 1960s, racing driver Max Harper's career becomes overshadowed by guilt and PTSD following the death of his teammate.

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Good Medicine

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The music video for Cryote's new single, "Good Medicine".

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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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Hugo

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Just as we were settling into lockdown and adjusting to a new normal, the universe dealt us a most devastating hand. Pets aren't just pets, they're family.

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Ice Ball

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Legendary polar explorer, Will Steger, inspires a community by preserving the forgotten craft of ice harvesting.

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Ignited States

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A bold and scrappy documentary that follows a modern-day uprising in Minneapolis and beyond, as protestors demand justice for George Floyd.

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In Passing

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After years apart, two Venezuelan-American sisters confront their demons and say goodbye, one last time.

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In The Meantime, With You

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When closeted Bryant is caught by his tormentors from high school, he decides to leave everything behind; except not without gifting his two best friends something that'll change their lives forever.

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Jagged Walker

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The woman portrayed in Jagged Walker claims “nasty” as feminine power. She transforms into her true self by unplugging misogynistic misconceptions.

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Jumper

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After a strange encounter in an elevator, a businesswoman is convinced she is being followed by the building's nighttime janitor.

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Kitchen Dance

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A conceptual short dance film that explores the multi-dimensional lives of women and their work.

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The Last Station

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A man is overcome with memories and desire as he waits in the station where he last saw her.

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Latinos in Taiwan

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The story of three Latino Chefs in Taiwan, and their motivation to cook Latino food, and share their Latino culture with the local Taiwanese.

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Master Servant

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An ambitious, young railroad executive comes face to face with his own moral decay in his blind pursuit of wealth and status.

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Never Turn Your Back to the Wave - The Travis Jordan Story

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The family of Travis Jordan fights for justice after he is killed by Minneapolis police officers.

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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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Nurture

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A short documentary about a man's struggle with substance abuse. He recounts the beginnings of his abuse, his childhood, recovery, and his relationship with his children.

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Old Met

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On a large plot of land in Bloomington, MN, the relentless forces of capitalism transform the landscape time and time again.

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Pay Me

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A tongue in cheek parody of protest songs from the 60s and 70s presenting a view of the selfish society that we can’t seem to shake.

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Pit Stop

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A simple gas station pit stop turns into a heated battle of principles.

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Present Tents

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A man wakes up one morning to find an unfamiliar tent in his front yard, and all of his self-professed progressive pieties come crashing down

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Racc Racc - KND Steezo - Official Music Video

A bank heist themed music video shot inside of the vault of the Grain Belt brewery in Minneapolis, MN.

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Reflectivore

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A film about loss and the journey of a beautiful, intelligent, caring, and inspirational person that served as mother, wife, and friend to some involved in this project.

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Rosario

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Rosario follows two Mexican sisters as they adjust to life in the US. Their struggles are told through conversations full of bickering and meals cooked with love.

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Salt River Water Walk

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Follow the Salt River Water Walkers on an Indigenous-led ceremony as it creates community and builds relationships with the earth through the shared goal to care for the water.

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Say His Name: Five Days for George Floyd

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The incomprehensible police murder of George Floyd on May 25th, sparked a global uprising, the epicenter in Director Cy Dodson's Minneapolis neighborhood, revealing an immersive observation of unrest in the days between the killing of George Floyd and the charges filed against police officer Derek Chauvin.

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She Used to Laugh

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Under the familiar glow of the spotlight, Jay wrestles with a past relationship in the only way he knows how.

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Slime

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Slime, taken from Double Grave's album 'Goodbye, Nowhere!

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Strung

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Eric must rely on the survival skills of an enigmatic nine-year-old boy to help him battle vicious withdrawals and self-deprivation to catalyze change within his family's cycle of addiction.

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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 Truth About Hastings

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Witness Marjorie’s 93rd birthday descend into an intergalactic psychedelic nightmare.

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Until We Find Them

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An intimate portrait of two journalists seeking truth and justice for Mexico's disappeared. Un retrato íntimo de dos periodistas que buscan la verdad y justicia para las y los desaparecidos de México.

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The Vanishing Hitchhiker

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Franz meets a young and mysterious hitchhiker who says he has had a car breakdown. After some hesitation, Franz accepts and accompanies her home.

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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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Young Roots, Deep Rhymes: a film about Priest

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As a young African American artist, Priest is a role model who is calling youth to have pride in who they are and where they came from.

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You're the Kinda Guy

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Michelle Rose's original 1950's-themed song about overlooking the many flaws of the handsome guy you know is no good.

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