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The Art of Making It

The Art of Making It asks the provocative question: Are the systems in place to showcase artwork actually harming artists’ ability to have their work seen by the wider public? As artists toil away to create meaningful new work that the culture sorely needs, they also find themselves forced to confront an industry that is failing them.

Fri, May 6 7:00 PM
Sat, May 7 4:15 PM
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Bad Axe

Filmmaker David Siev is the son of a Cambodian-refugee father and Mexican-American mother, whose family owns a restaurant in rural Bad Axe, Michigan. His stunning documentary debut captures the struggles of the family to keep their restaurant alive in the face of a pandemic, racism, and a politically divided America.

Tue, May 17 4:15 PM
Thu, May 19 9:30 PM
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What do a publisher in Arkansas, an attorney in Arizona, and a speech therapist in Texas have in common? They’re being punished under anti-boycott legislation that has now been passed in 33 states. Filmmaker Julia Bacha exposes this disturbing new threat to freedom of speech and profiles those courageous enough to fight back.

Wed, May 18 6:30 PM
Thu, May 19 12:30 PM
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Drowning in Silence

When her 3-year-old son drowns in a friend’s backyard pool, Chezik Tsunoda, who also directed the film, goes on a heartbreaking but, ultimately, healing journey to connect with parents who have experienced similar tragedies. Searching for answers, she finds hope in the work of other parents and activists to make a difference in this preventable tragedy.

Sat, May 14 4:15 PM
Sun, May 15 4:30 PM
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Emily the Criminal

Emily is the epitome of a modern-day student: sharp as nails, determined to make it in the world, and saddled with crippling student debt. Desperate, she takes on a job that’s too-good-to-be true, and finds herself at the doorstep of the criminal underworld. Which just might be a perfect fit…

Fri, May 13 7:15 PM
Tue, May 17 7:00 PM
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Experimental Curator: The Sally Dixon Story

What is “experimental film”? Now a mainstay at modern art museums, these non-commercial movies, typified by the work of Stan Brakhage and Jonas Mekas, were once so underground virtually no one knew of them. Enter Sally Dixon, who helped place these beautiful pieces of art into museum and university archives permanently. Dixon’s legacy is felt locally through her influential position at the media arts center, Film in the Cities and collaborations with Walker Art Center.

Sun, May 15 1:00 PM
Mon, May 16 4:30 PM
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Exposing Muybridge

Photographer Eadweard Muybridge changed the world from Leland Stanford’s farm in 1878, shooting multiple photos of a horse in motion, setting the stage for motion pictures. The first feature documentary about the elusive and shape-shifting Muybridge, Exposing Muybridge is a beautifully crafted and thoroughly engaging portrait of this pioneering iconoclast.

Mon, May 9 4:40 PM
Tue, May 10 1:45 PM
Fri, May 13 1:50 PM
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An all-woman team made up of Arab and European women, heads to the North Pole on an unprecedented expedition. As the women endure everything from frostbite and polar bear threats to sexism and self-doubt, they encounter a shocking amount of melting sea ice. Their journey could be the last-ever, over-ice expedition to the North Pole.

Sat, May 7 11:15 AM
Sun, May 8 2:45 PM
Thu, May 12 4:45 PM
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Fire of Love

Katia and Maurice Krafft were renowned French volcanologists whose admiration for the world’s most dangerous hot spots was eclipsed only by their love for one another. Director Sara Dosa’s visually and emotionally stunning documentary is at once a love story and a thrilling adventure.  

Fri, May 6 4:45 PM
Tue, May 10 4:20 PM
Fri, May 20 7:20 PM
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Free Renty: Lanier v. Harvard

Tamara Lanier’s great-great-great grandfather was an enslaved man named Renty, who was compelled in 1850 to have his photograph taken by a prominent Harvard Professor to “prove” the superiority of the white race. Free Renty: Lanier v. Harvard documents Lanier’s years-long quest to force Harvard to release the daguerreotypes to his lineal descendants.

Sun, May 15 4:00 PM
Wed, May 18 2:00 PM
Mon, May 23 7:15 PM
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Glob Lessons

When an insecure, closeted gay man from Minnesota–his name is Alan–is paired with an unpredictable, enigmatic woman from West Virginia–meet Jesse–on a low-budget children’s theater tour across the frozen Upper Midwest of all places, a genuine friendship blossoms, in Nicole Rodenburg’s charming road trip comedy debut.

Sun, May 8 4:15 PM
Wed, May 11 9:25 PM
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The Janes

1972. An apartment on Chicago’s South Side. Seven women, part of a secret network, are arrested in a police raid. Their goal: provide women with safe and affordable abortions. Their name: The Janes. Using terrific archival footage and illuminating interviews, directors Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes craft a moving — and thrilling — documentary that celebrates these brave women.

Fri, May 6 6:50 PM
Sat, May 7 1:45 PM
Sat, May 14 2:30 PM
Sat, May 21 4:30 PM
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Jasmine is a Star

Jasmine is a 16-year-old Minneapolis girl who has albinism (which causes a lack of pigment in the hair, skin, and eyes). She wants to be a model and represent Black girls and people with this condition. And she’d also love nothing more than being left alone in high school…

Wed, May 11 7:15 PM
Sun, May 15 7:00 PM
Tue, May 24 5:00 PM
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Kendra and Beth

Director Dean Peterson Attending.

In this ‘quirky comedy character study,’ Beth is decidedly a misfit, the only female employee at a sausage company and the family breadwinner, living with her mom and brother, misfits themselves. When she meets her polar opposite, the outgoing Kendra, sparks fly. 

Sun, May 8 7:00 PM
Wed, May 18 9:30 PM
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Let the Little Light Shine

Located just south of downtown Chicago, the National Teachers Academy Elementary School (NTA) is a high-achieving public school in an African American neighborhood. When the city announces plans to phase out NTA’s curriculum and turn it into a high school drawing students from other schools, the community senses gentrification… and, soon, the fight for justice is on.

Thu, May 12 4:30 PM
Sat, May 14 11:10 AM
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The Long Breakup

Katya Soldak was born and grew up in Ukraine and now lives and works in New York City. She’s watched Ukraine exit the Soviet Union and go through two revolutions, and now war. The Long Breakup is an insightful, intimate and urgently timely look at the geopolitical turmoil of Katya’s homeland seen through a personal lens.

Mon, May 9 2:10 PM
Sun, May 15 12:00 PM
Sun, May 22 7:10 PM
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The Long Haul

As COVID-19 made its way to Minnesota in March of 2020, Ben O’Donnell was the state’s third reported case, and first critical patient. The 38-year-old husband and father spent nearly a month battling for his life in a Minneapolis hospital’s intensive care unit. Unable to breathe without oxygen or walk up a flight of stairs upon his release in April, O’Donnell set a goal for himself to complete an Ironman triathlon seven months later in November.

Tue, May 10 7:30 PM
Wed, May 11 4:45 PM
Thu, May 26 3:00 PM
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A Love Song

At a campground in the rural West, a woman waits alone for an old flame from her past to arrive,

uncertain of his intentions while bashful about her own. Starring Dale Dickey and Academy Award®-winner Wes Studi, the subtle lyrical drama that is A Love Song, marks the feature debut of writer-director Max Walker-Silverman.

Sat, May 14 4:45 PM
Tue, May 17 4:40 PM
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Mama Bears

They’ve grown up fundamentalist, active in their evangelical Christian churches, and wouldn’t stand out from the faithful in any way, except one: they are fierce defenders of their LGBTQ+ children. These are the Mama Bears — tough mothers who have chosen their children over their church, fighting for civil rights, and to overcome the hate with which they were raised.

Sun, May 8 7:30 PM
Sun, May 15 11:30 AM
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Marcel the Shell With Shoes On

Based on the adorable viral video by Dean Fleischer-Camp and Jenny Slate. Dean is a filmmaker who rents an Airbnb with a permanent guest: Marcel the Shell (voiced by Slate), who wears shoes and lives there with his Grandmother. What can Dean do but make a documentary? Will fame change Marcel?

Wed, May 11 7:00 PM
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Mission: Joy - Finding Happiness in Troubled Times

The profound friendship between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and their embrace of an all-encompassing happiness in life — despite the incredible challenges that both have faced —is examined in this uplifting documentary from Oscar®-winning director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) and Peggy Callahan.

Tue, May 10 7:00 PM
Sun, May 15 2:30 PM
Mon, May 16 7:15 PM
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Move Me

When she was 27, Kelsey Peterson dived into Lake Superior, just as countless others have done. But Peterson emerged paralyzed. Following her accident, Peterson, a dancer, finds herself struggling to redefine who she is. But when the opportunity arises to dance again, Peterson embraces the challenge of the unknown.

Thu, May 12 7:00 PM
Wed, May 18 4:00 PM
Sat, May 21 7:20 PM
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The Pez Outlaw

There was a time in the 90s when pez dispensers were worth more, gram-for-gram, than cocaine or gold. Sensing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Steve Glew, a small-town farmer and machinist, smuggled pez dispensers into the USA from Eastern Europe and made millions. It was all a dream come true, until Steve’s arch-nemesis, “the Pezident”, decided to destroy him.

Fri, May 6 2:10 PM
Fri, May 13 7:10 PM
Sat, May 14 1:40 PM
Thu, May 26 7:15 PM
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Raise Your Hand

Director Jessica Rae Attending.

Based on director Jessica Rae’s own experiences growing up in Minneapolis, Raise Your Hand follows best friends Gia and Lila, two midwestern teens of color growing up and facing the challenges of youth. At once raw and honest, and capturing the vicissitudes of teenage life, Raise Your Hand is a vibrant, inspiring film.

Fri, May 6 7:10 PM
Sun, May 8 7:00 PM
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Riotsville, USA

Riotsville is an actual place, but you won’t find it on any map. Built as a stand-in for Anytown, USA, Riotsville was conceived by the U.S. military in the late 60s to train riot police to stop dissent. Sierra Pettengill’s brilliant — and disturbing — all-archival film takes us back to the past as a lens for analyzing the present.

Fri, May 13 4:40 PM
Mon, May 16 2:10 PM
Sat, May 21 2:10 PM
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To the End

Focusing on the growing political movement that has taken up the cause of the Green New Deal — as well as the forces determined to oppose it — To the End is both a rallying cry to meet the challenge of climate change and a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at a new generation of activist leaders.

Sun, May 8 4:00 PM
Tue, May 17 7:10 PM
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Valiant! A Car, a Cause, and the Cold War

Juris Blodnieks has a secret: under a tarp sits his 1971 Plymouth Valiant, a car that, in the 80s, ferried Latvian freedom activists to protests at the Soviet embassies in Washington and Ottawa. Minneapolis director Mara Vija Pelecis takes this as a launching point to examine the Latvian resistance and the car that helped drive their freedom.

Mon, May 9 7:30 PM
Fri, May 13 4:45 PM
Wed, May 25 7:15 PM
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A Winter Love

Director Rhiana Yazzie Attending.

Blue is a 35 year-old Navajo singer-songwriter, struggling in Minneapolis’ bleak winter. Her creativity seems to be hibernating. But when she meets Eddie, a 25 year-old Lakota man, and law school dropout, he could be just the tonic for her winter blues.

Sat, May 7 4:00 PM
Sun, May 15 4:30 PM
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