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Friday, October 15th

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Filmmakers Lounge

Saturday, October 16th

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9:45 PM 416 (preceded by FLOWERS FROM THE HEARTLAND)

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10:30 AM 416 (preceded by FLOWERS FROM THE HEARTLAND)

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Sunday, October 17th

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Central Standard's Opening Night Film
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Followed by the Opening Night Party

The Central Standard Film Festival is honored and proud to premiere the long-awaited documentary from Dan Luke, Laurie Stern and Lu Lippold: Wellstone!. Whether you supported their politics or not, everyone agrees Paul and Sheila Wellstone were one in a million. Scrappy, populist, ambitious, impatient, tenacious, fair, and most of all hopeful, Paul and Sheila Wellstone believed in standing up for what was right, and fighting to help people achieve the American dream. From Virginia and high school wrestling days, to marrying sweetheart Sheila, Wellstone! movingly lays out the details of a relationship that led Paul to Carleton College and public service. With interviews from the critical players, Wellstone! shows the ads, the debates and the clips of Paul's first David vs. Goliath Senate race and his constant appeal to conscience as he served in the Congress. But whatever Paul was doing, two things were unchanging: Sheila was by his side, and Paul was speaking his mind. The lives Paul and Sheila Wellstone lived will make your heart soar, and ache. Paul always said anyone could stand up and fight for people the way he did. But when he died, maybe the saddest thing of all, was that everyone knew that wasn't quite true.

Directors: Lu Lippold, Dan Luke, Laurie Stern
Executive Producer: Shayna Berkowitz
Producer: Pamela Colby
Cinematographer: Bob Durland, Ed Matney
Narrated by Jane Kaczmarek
The Heights - 7:00 PM - Thurs., Oct. 14th
The Heights - 12:00 PM - Sat., Oct. 16th

St. Paul, MN.~ 87 Minutes

(You MUST have an All Access Pass to attend this film and admittance will be limited to those with reservations. To place your name on the guest list you must RSVP with Ticketworks prior to the screening. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first served basis, and once the list is full no more names will be added).

Central Standard's Closing Night Film
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Followed by the Closing Night Party

On a hot day in Atlanta - capital of the South, home to CNN, Coca Cola and the world's busiest airport - a half-dozen lives are about to come together, and come apart. Roland is a drifter and a nobody; Agnes an actress on a hit TV show called "Southern Gothic"; Peter sings lead vocals in a band named Altruistic - and Jen is a runaway with a wayward heart. But despite money and cell phones, drugs and radio-play, sex and TV talk show appearances, no one in this non-linear mosaic of modern-American life is able to emotionally connect with anyone else. As each character recklessly struggles to find meaning in life, a delusional bible salesman (David Carradine) and a raving film director (Faye Dunaway) may be modern-day prophets, offering clarity in an increasingly confused world. Filmmaker Jacob Gentry sketched Last Goodbye from life in Atlanta, where he helped found POPfilms: a film collective devoted to fostering the community of local Atlanta actors, directors and musicians. With Last Goodbye, Gentry manifests the ingenious - or Machiavellian - spirit of low-budget filmmaking by casting - for the first time ever - exclusively the sons and daughters of Hollywood stars in all the major roles! Fresh from a screening at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, Last Goodbye is an incredibly emotional, cutting edge film about the collective inner and outer life of America at this moment.

Director: Jacob Gentry
Producer: Alex Motlagh, Cassandra Gava
Cinematographer: Thomas Bingham
Editor: Jacob Gentry
Music: Benjamin Lovett
Cast: Clementine Ford, Chris Rydell, Liam O'Neill, Sara Stanton, Faye Dunaway, David Carradine, Chad McNight, Maggie Blye
St. Anthony Main 1 - 7:00 PM - Sun., Oct. 17th
Atlanta, GA ~ 95 minutes

Filmmaker Present to Introduce Film

On November 7, 2000, the people of Nebraska went to the polls to vote on ballot initiative 416, which proposed amending the Nebraska state constitution to ban gay marriages, civil unions, and domestic partnerships. In a landslide, 70 percent of Cornhuskers cast their ballot to make Nebraska the first state to forbid gay couples the rights enjoyed by straight couples. At a time when Minnesota and the rest of the country is considering similar legislation, Jim Fields - a documentary filmmaker from Omaha - talks firsthand with Nebraskans on both sides of the issue about the fight over 416, and how its enactment changed their lives. Frank, curious, and homespun, Field's film is as much a portrait of Nebraska - one of the most conservative states in the country - as it is a wide-eyed attempt to give both sides of the argument equal time. Interspersed with scenes like the Omaha Gay Pride parade on the one hand, to a room-by-room state capitol prayer vigil on the other, 416 explains the new law by showing us the people - on both sides - who made the law. They aren't perfect; they don't agree, but they have one thing in common: they love Nebraska and they want their whole country to be like their home state.

Director: Jim Fields
Producer: Jim Fields
Cinematographer: Chris Ahrens, Ling Tsai "Leo" Chen, Jim Fields, Sang-eon Han
Editor: Chris Ahrens, Jim Fields
Music: Mark Nelson, Melanie Lewandowski
St. Anthony Main 5 - 10:30 AM - Sat., Oct. 16th
St. Anthony Main 4 - 9:45 PM - Sat., Oct. 16th

Omaha, NE ~ 81 minutes

Flowers From The Heartland

When San Francisco began issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples, a few Minnesotans decided to show their love and support for the brave newlyweds at the San Francisco Courthouse by sending flowers to someone - anyone - in line. A movement was born. Daulton captures tender and deeply moving scenes inspired by the kindness of strangers.

Director: Peter Daulton
25 minutes

TRT: 106 minutes

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Gentlemen...Start your livers! Since the best beer in America is locally-made and available, Brooklyn filmmaker Paul Kermizian and four friends hit the road to visit a button-busting 38 breweries in 40 days! In the 1970's, there were only 50 major beer bottlers in the U.S. Today there are over 1,700 individual brewmasters throughout the country bottling their personal experiences as tinkerers, closet brewers, cooks and
entrepreneurs in the form of unique beer recipes. Some of these former you-name-its have become the most recent captains of industry; others might better be described as drunks! All their stories about beer and beer-making are inspired: crazy ingredients, brewing in basements, starting from scratch, sampling the wares, fighting the big three brewers, and of course, the perfect cure for hangovers. And speaking of hangovers,
don't forget about our road-tripping, glass-tipping lads behind the camera. From Maine to Oregon, they must sample at least five pints of the best beer in America each night for over a month! That adds up to a lot of drinks, drunks, chucks, cheeseburgers, naps and new belt notches. Can our fearless filmmakers get to New Orleans before cirrhosis sets in! In the true, ahem, spirit of Central Standard, American Beer amusingly shows how much more interesting, inspired, and rewarding America is once you tap into a keg of our subculture and, well, flush the mainstream!

Director: Paul Kermizian
Producer: Paul Kermizian
Cinematographer: Jon Miller
Editor: Paul Kermizian
Music: Bob Gilligan
Featuring: Jeremy Goldberg, Paul Kermizian, Jon Miller, Robert Purvis, Richard Sterling
St. Anthony Main 4 - 1:45 PM - Sat., Oct. 16th
St. Anthony Main 5 - 10:00 AM - Sun., Oct. 17th

Brooklyn, NY ~ 100 minutes

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Everybody in Seattle knows who Richard Peterson is. He's an autistic savant street musician ("No Canadian Coins Please") who has put out four albums named Richard Peterson's First Album, Richard Peterson's Second Album, etc. On each album Richard plays piano and trumpet in a unique lounge style that homages his burning obsession: 60's television theme songs like the theme to Sea Hunt. He has other obsessions too. Celebrities. Each time Richard meets a specific celebrity (mostly local Seattle Djs) he adds a storey to their skyscraper in an illustrated city he is forever drawing and updating. His architectural drawings are beautiful, and his songs have inspired many of the major bands from Seattle, like Pearl Jam and the Stone Temple Pilots. And then there's Richard's obsession with Johnny Mathis - Richard even wrote Mathis a song, "Love on the Golf Course." From hundreds of hours of footage - including original interviews with Jeff Bridges (Son of the star of Sea Hunt) and Johnny Mathis - Seattle filmmakers Todd Pottinger, Scott Milam and Ken Harder have fashioned the story of a legendary character with a disturbing childhood and an all-American dream: to get off the streets and become a star! Big City Dick won the Audience Award at the 2004 Slamdance Film Festival.

Directors: Scott Milam, Ken Harder, Todd Pottinger
Producers: Scott Milam, Ken Harder, Todd Pottinger
Cinematographers: Scott Milam, Ken Harder, Todd Pottinger, Brad Wood, Richard Peterson, Rod Hatfield
Editor: Scott Milam
Featuring: Richard Peterson, Jeff Bridges, Johnny Mathis
St. Anthony Main 5 - 2:15 PM - Sat., Oct. 16th
St. Anthony Main 4 - 10:30 AM - Sun., Oct. 17th

Seattle, WA ~ 120 minutes

BUFFALO BILL'S DEFUNCT: stories from the new west
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On a fading old photograph from the forties, taken out in the country, Bill and his wife are labeled as "Buffalo Bill and Calamity Jane"; the young couple looks very happy. But in the present, Bill's wife is dead and the grass growing on Bill's Pacific Northwest farm seems like it will overtake everything. Bill is almost unable to care for himself, and has impulsively decided to tear down a wooden barn on his land. As the old structure gradually comes down, his extended family gathers together for one of the last times on their childhood farm. A happy, interesting group - Bill's family represents a range of ages and personalities - facing childhood, first love, marriage, child-rearing and death. As they are living and laughing, so has Bill done; as he is loving and dying, so will they do. Buffalo Bill's Defunct is the work of two masterful storytellers: Eliza Fox and Matt Wilkins. Improvisational, subtle, and documentary-like, Buffalo Bill's Defunct is sentimental while avoiding sentimentality, and nostalgic while remaining immediate. It will make you want to laugh because you're sad and cry because you're happy.

Director: Matt Wilkins
Producer: Eliza Fox, Michael Seiwerath
Cinematographer: Erich Volkstorf
Editor: Andrew McAllister
Music: Jonathan Sampson
Cast: Earl V. Prebezac, Frances Hearn, Keith Fox
St. Anthony Main - 4 5:45 PM - Sat., Oct. 16th
St. Anthony Main - 5 1:30 PM - Sun., Oct. 17th

Seattle, WA ~ 83 minutes

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If you're a woman and you've ever thought, "What's the deal with breasts?", or you're a man and you've ever thought, "What's the deal with breasts?", Busting Out is the film for you!

Documentary filmmaker Francine Strickwerda lost her mother to breast cancer at about the time she herself began to "develop," so she always wondered: are they supposed to be good or bad? Busting Out is her answer. Part personal documentary, part socio-political documentary and part pop documentary, Strickwerda and Smith's film guides us through the history and politics of the breast in American culture and in other cultures around the world. Ideal breast size, shape, prominence, exposure and even functions (secondary: sexual stimulation, primary: feeding babies) are predominantly determined by current gender politics. Men standing in the cold shouting "Show us your rack!"; a mother taking her daughter to buy her first bra; John Ashcroft's obsession with the bared breasts of a statue; the new frankness about cancer scars - all are shown and explained in Strickwerda and Smith's film. Bittersweet, provocative, tantalizing and funny, Busting Out offers everybody a revealing glimpse into the world of being female.

Directors: Francine Strickwerda, Laurel Spellman Smith
Producers: Francine Strickwerda, Laurel Spellman Smith
Cinematographer: Roy Wilson
Editor: Roy Wilson
Music: Erik Aho
St. Anthony Main 3 - 8:00 PM - Sat., Oct. 16th
St. Anthony Main 4 - 4:30 PM - Sun., Oct. 17th

Seattle, WA ~ 57 minutes

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Deadpan Wes Slack lives with his divorced dad in a sprawling housing complex in Austin, Texas. Wes is 17 years-old and he has a problem: he's never had sex. What's worse, everyone around Wes is obsessed with sex: his ever-absent father has drawers filled with porn; his former best friend sends him letters detailing sexual escapades, and Wes's loner neighbor Dusty writes for "Dear Pillow," a "hot letters" publication filled with made-up fantasies supposedly from women. Wes wants to write for "Dear Pillow" too, and he has a secret weapon: through his apartment walls he "listens" to women having phone sex. Austin filmmakers Bryan Poyser and Jacob Vaughan's Dear Pillow astutely observes the stark differences between sexual fantasy and sexual intimacy. In the lonely, person-filled apartments of America, what you dream up by yourself might be a lot more strange than what's actually happening next door.

Director: Bryan Poyser
Producer: Jacob Vaughan
Cinematographer: Jacob Vaughan
Editor: Jacob Vaughan
Music: Jeff McLaughlin
Cast: Rusty Kelley, Gary Chason, Viviane Vives, Cory Criswell, John Erler
St. Anthony Main 5 - 9:30 PM - Fri., Oct. 15th
St. Anthony Main 5 - 10:15 PM - Sat., Oct. 16th

Austin, TX ~ 85 minutes

Note: Dear Pillow contains very explicit sexual descriptions. Come see for yourself why a film that has intrigued audiences at film festivals around the world is too hot to find a distributor!

Sponsored by Sundance Channel

Dirty Work follows three men who deal with our unpleasant business. Darrell Allen pumps sceptic tanks; his company's motto: "U Dump it, we Pump it." He knows he's a necessary part of people's lives, and always will be. "[Y]ou ain't gonna get no computer to run out here and dig this [sceptic tank] hole..." Russ Page is at a different stop on the cycle of life. He's a bull semen collector - you might really love meats and cheeses, but wait 'til you see what Russ does for a living! Finally there's Bernard Holston, an embalmer at a funeral home. He observes that people know the body deteriorates, but they don't want to know, "That's what they're paying thousands of dollars for." David Sampliner and Tim Nackashi's portrait of three invisible professions is both thought-provoking (So that's how they do that!) and touching. Far from being ashamed of their work, viewers will leave with a sense that each man felt a profound calling to his work. "I never wanted to be on no fire engine. I didn't wanna build buildings - I wanted to put bodies back together." Dirty Work premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

Director: David Sampliner, Tim Nackashi
Producer: David Sampliner, Tim Nackashi
Cinematographer: David Sampliner, Tim Nackashi
Editor: Tim Nackashi, David Sampliner
Music: Tim Nackashi
Featuring: Russ Page, Darrell Allen, Bernard Holston
St. Anthony Main 5 - 4:45 PM - Sat., Oct. 16th
St. Anthony Main 3 - 12:15 PM - Sun., Oct. 17th

Athens, GA ~ 60 minutes

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Floating on a skateboard through the wet streets of Seattle and Portland in the small hours of the night, Nick is like a prophet who denies the existence of the world. A high-school aged graffiti artist with no family or friends, Nick steals what he needs, sleeps where he becomes tired and wanders the city at night with no other idea than perfecting his tag, "Rupture." So when Nick meets another tagger and they start up a friendship, his hopes and desires are like the art he has left on back street buildings, abandoned railroad cars and lonely walls: beautiful, but hidden. Working at the top of their professions, writer-director James Bolton and cinematographer Sarah Levy found their equal on the other side of the camera in the sensitive, storytelling eyes of newcomer Ruben Bansie-Snellman. Highly reminiscent of the classic Le Samourai, The Graffiti Artist evokes the city - and its nocturnal protagonist's place in it - with such hypnotic, Chandleresque grace that story and dialogue seem effortlessly to spring from setting. Simply put, The Graffiti Artist is cinema: a perfect fantasy world of people, pictures, movement, romance, possibility.

Director: James Bolton
Producer: James Bolton
Cinematographer: Sarah Levy
Editor: Elizabeth Edwards
Music: Kid Loco
Cast: Ruben Bansie-Snellman, Pepper Fajans
St. Anthony Main 4 - 9:00 PM - Fri., Oct. 15th
St. Anthony Main 4 - 11:45 AM - Sat., Oct. 16th

Portland, OR ~ 80 minutes

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Miles Ahead is an entrancing portrait of Miles Williams' last summer before college. Miles (Ben Allison, recently seen in Cold Mountain) and his father are alone - his mother has long since died - and Miles longs to meaningfully arrange his feelings by becoming a writer. He likes the Beat writers, but different from them, he can never seem to get on the road and cross the mountains that surround his home town. Imaginatively shot on widescreen 35 mm film in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina by cinematographer Kenneth Wilson II (2nd Unit on George Washington and All The Real Girls), filmmakers Dylan Trivette and Matt Zboyovski push the boundaries of the cinematic medium to erase the line between inner and outer landscapes. As Miles moves forward into his young life, viewers sense his emotional movement in the things he sees and hears: mountainous summer clouds, the bleats of a Miles Davis song, prismatic autumn leaves, a beguiling river of flying birds. Like a memory warped and improved by time, Miles Ahead transcends traditional filmmaking - connecting pace, place and tone - to become a thing of rare, perfected beauty.

Director: Dylan Trivette, Matt Zboyovski
Producer: Jonathan F. Mertz, Dylan Trivette, Matt Zboyovski
Cinematographer: Kenneth Wilson II
Editor: Joseph Hahle
Music: Joshua Chase
Cast: Ben Allison
St. Anthony Main 5 - 7:30 PM - Fri., Oct. 15th
St. Anthony Main 3 - 2:00 PM - Sat., Oct. 16th

Claremont, NC ~ 83 minutes

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Originally shown at the South by Southwest Film Festival, Mojados - Through the Night takes us on a ten-day journey with four men as they attempt to illegally immigrate from their native village of Michoacan, Mexico to Austin, Texas. For millions of Mexicans, fulfilling the "American" dream means spending years away from home, evading the law, working for illegally low wages, and undertaking the dangerous odyssey depicted in Mojados. Leaving crying wives and children behind, "Bear," "Tiger," "Handsome," and "Old Man" will travel by bus, van, taxi and raft to the American banks of the Rio Grande. From there, it is almost two hundred miles across the unforgiving Texas desert to the appointed safe house. If they don't become lost, the men can expect at least four days of dehydration, barbed wire, thunderstorms, sub-zero temperatures, rattlesnakes, and the US Border Patrol before reaching the next stage of their journey. To get an authentic portrait of this infamous trip, filmmaker Tommy Davis worked without a crew, carrying his own camera equipment, food, and water - and suffering the same privations as the men he was filming. In the end, the men become desperate, and we learn firsthand why so many of illegal immigrants die every year trying to find work in the U.S.A.

Director: Tommy Davis
Producer: Tommy Davis
Cinematographer: Tommy Davis
Editor: Tommy Davis
Music: Sin Panache
Featuring: Guapo, Oso, Tigre, Viejo, Mario Agundez, James Chism, Dave Evans, George Morin
St. Anthony Main 5 - 12:30 PM - Sat., Oct. 16th
St. Anthony Main 5 - 12:00 PM - Sun., Oct. 17th

Austin, TX ~ 64 minutes

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Think screwball comedy meets Cartesian philosophy. Henry Rawitchser is an erudite 34 year-old philosophy student at the University of Washington. For almost a decade he's been writing a vast and complex dissertation literally about the meaning of life, specifically, how do we know we exist without use of the five senses. Frustrated, burnt out and not infrequently drunk or hung over, Henry spends a lot of time asking waitresses and friends to somehow prove to him that they exist. So it isn't surprising when a fantastical pregnant woman on a bike crashes into him one night then disappears, that Henry is left wondering if she's real or just a figment of his increasingly overburdened mind. In fact Henry still doesn't know if she exists even after they begin dating. And when his Thesis Advisor tells Henry he'll have to finish his dissertation by the baby's due date, it's no longer clear if he thinks, therefore he is, or he thinks, therefore he's just overanalyzing everything. As rare as a finished dissertation in its intelligence, humor and erudition, The Naked Proof includes interstitial narration by American playwright August Wilson.

Director: Jaime Hook
Producer: Eden Mackay
Cinematographer: Charles Peterson
Editor: Joe Shapiro
Cast: Michael Chick, Arlette Del Toro, August Wilson
St. Anthony Main 3 - 7:15 PM - Fri., Oct. 15th
St. Anthony Main 4 - 3:45 PM - Sat., Oct. 16th

Seattle, WA ~ 96 minutes

Note: writer-director Jamie Hook founded Wiggly World Studios in Seattle before recently moving to the Twin Cities to helm Minnesota Film Arts.

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From the brilliant mind of Chicago playwright Hurt McDermott comes the superb script for Nightingale in a Music Box - a fast-clip, no-budget thriller to rival Memento and The Usual Suspects. Things start fast in Nightingale in a Music Box. Robin McAlister is a real estate agent living a normal life in Chicago with two kids and a husband who travels a lot for work. Or at least that's who she thinks she is. The strange vividness of her memories has led UN operatives to believe Robin may have been given a new, false identity using the top-secret memory altering technology patented by a company called New Garden Technologies. They fear she may actually be a "nightingale": someone whose memorization abilities are enhanced in order steal and convey top-secret scientific code in long form. But unknown to Robin, nightingales are dangerous, and disposable. For this reason a "music teacher" - an expert mental re-programmer - may have placed Robin into a seamless set of new memories called a "music box." If legendary microbe-technology agent Burke can't find out who Robin was, and what she knows, Robin may be trapped forever in a life not her own, where memory doesn't shift, or self-identity ever evolve. Nightingale in a Music Box recently dazzled audiences at the Slamdance Film Festival.

Director: Hurt McDermott
Producer: Leigh Jones, Todd Slotten
Cinematographer: Michael Dunne
Editor: Hurt McDermott
Music: Robert Fripp, Brian Eno
Cast: Kelley Hazen, Andrzej Krukowski, Catherine O’Connor
St. Anthony Main 5 - 8:15 PM - Sat., Oct. 16th
St. Anthony Main 3 - 3:45 PM - Sun., Oct. 17th

Chicago, IL~ 96 minutes

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New filmmaking technology has always affected which stories get told and how. As cameras and microphones became smaller and lighter, films moved off of the studio backlots and out into the places where stories were supposed to take place. Now, handheld DV cameras make it possible to capture the truest, most raw stories in film's history. Equipped with only a 24p Panasonic DVX100, writer-director Eugene Martin hit the streets and schools of Philadelphia to make a film that showed life as it was lived: The Other America is that film. Ari, Cassie and Jackie are in summer school classes together. Each has big dreams for the future: Ari wants to be an artist, Cassie's memorizing a monologue from Norma Rae, and Jackie's secretly in love with Ari. But these teens aren't privileged, or even middle class. For them, the future holds more menace than promise as they struggle to feed, clothe and shelter themselves. In the America they live in, everyone's on their own. The Other America was a finalist for the best "work in progress" award at the 2003 IFP Market in New York.

Director: Eugene Martin
Producer: Eugene Martin
Cinematographer: Eugene Martin
Editor: Eugene Martin
Music: Tom Whitman
Cast: Tobias Segal, Irene Longshore, Vicky Wang
St. Anthony Main 5 - 6:15 PM - Sat., Oct. 16th
St. Anthony Main 4 - 2:30 PM - Sun., Oct. 17th

Philadelphia, PA ~ 83 minutes

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In places like Israel-Palestine and India-Pakistan, what might be the saddest thing in the whole world happens: children are taught to hate each other. Based on intangibles like religion, history, and national identity, kids on both sides of a conflict are corrupted by their elders into believing it is better to die for an idea than to live together. Seeds documentary filmmakers Marjan Safinia and Joseph Boyle take us to the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Maine, where kids from opposite sides of national conflicts gather together for three weeks each summer to share their dreams and fears, listen to opposing views and weigh the merit of their prejudices. For these young people who have always learned to equate peace with treason, emotions in the camp run high, progress is heartbreakingly slow, and failure is more likely than not. But for children anything is possible. With the laughter, humor, and hope native to children everywhere in the world, these teenage seeds of peace set themselves to finding their common humanity. As one young person describes their task, "In order to make peace with your enemy, you have to go to war with yourself."

Directors: Marjan Safinia, Joseph Boyle
Producers: Mandy Safavi, Hana Alireza, Wael Binali, Margan Safinia, Joseph Boyle
Cinematographer: Jim De Seve
Editor: Yana Gorskaya
St. Anthony Main 4 - 7:00 PM - Fri., Oct. 15th
St. Anthony Main 3 - 4:00 PM - Sat., Oct. 16th

Midcoast, MA ~ 92 minutes

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It's a gray day at the landfill. Everyday is gray in rural Western North Carolina in winter. All the world feels mean and dark: the back roads, strip malls, trailer parks, abandoned mines, convenience store parking lots. And things are about to get even worse for Jason Griffin. His backhoe just turned up the body of a dead woman at the landfill. When the cops show up to investigate, they just tell Jason to forget he saw anything. If the good things in life feel like they're falling out from under Jason, it's because they are. North Carolina writer-director Paul Schattel wanted to capture the "wonderfully bleak" look and feel of life in the economically depressed rural areas of his home state - "the dark heart of the South." With unflinching starkness reminiscent of Kubrik's Full Metal Jacket - and an uncommon eye for seeing the sublime in the ordinary - Schattel and his talented players expertly guide us down into the invisible underworld of rural methamphetamine-use, and the subtle, cascading effect of bad choices. It's a long way down.

Director: Paul Schattel
Producer: Paul Schattel
Cinematographer: Steve Agnew
Editor: Paul Schattel
Music: Jason Smith
Cast: Bryan Marshall, Robin Spriggs, Kelly O’Neal, J.R. Hooper, Patrick Green, Caitlin Rose
St. Anthony Main 3 - 9:30 PM - Sat., Oct. 16th
St. Anthony Main 5 - 3:30 PM - Sun., Oct. 17th

Arden, NC ~ 98 minutes

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Earning an average of just $6,436 per person in 1994, the rural, African-American fishing community of Bayview, Virginia was among the poorest in the state. But when Virginia's Republican Governor proposed building an unpopular new prison there, several defiant Bayview women decided to educate themselves and their town on how to make their voice heard in the Richmond legislature. And though they were initially as unorganized as they were poor, the residents of Bayview defeated the prison. This Black Soil poetically chronicles what happened next: inspiration. Drawing upon their shared history as a source of strength, the people of Bayview pushed forward to form the Bayview Citizens for Social Justice - a non-profit which brought worldwide attention and millions of dollars to their town; now they could begin the work of rebuilding their homes, lives and lost history. A potentially incisive template for social activism, Teresa Konechne's This Black Soil spans almost a decade and stands as a heartening shot across the bow for everybody who imagines the poor can't come together to seize power.

Director/ Producer: Teresa Konechne
Editors: Teresa Konechne, Rebecca Parks
Music/Sound Composition: Teresa Konechne
Sound Engineer: John Sims
St. Anthony Main 4 - 10:15 AM - Sat., Oct. 16th
St. Anthony Main 4 - 1:00 PM - Sun., Oct. 17th

Coastal, VA ~ 58 minutes

Note: The Twin Cities film community recently gained filmmaker Teresa Konechne as one of it's own.

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From the opening frames of Up For Grabs, sports fans, and fans of the human comedy, will be utterly engrossed in this felicitous new gem of a documentary from Mike Wranovics. Record-setting home run balls are rare, but they can be positively identified and auctioned off for huge sums because of their importance in baseball history. In 1998 Phil Ozersky sold Mark McGwire's record-setting 70th home run ball for 2.7 million dollars. But before anyone can cash in, you have to get the ball! On the final day of the 2001 baseball season, Barry Bonds hit his record-setting 73rd home run of the season. Incredibly, two men claimed to have the ball! More incredible still, the catch was captured on videotape! With two different accounts of a single moment, and two totally different personalities involved, the controversy captured worldwide attention. Ultimately the owner of the baseball, and the huge sum of money it would fetch, would be decided by a judge. And that's just the beginning of the story told in this award-winning hit of the festival circuit. Reporter Wayne Freedman summed up this collision of the American game and the American dream as follows, "Tension, two good characters, lawyers, an event captured on video...It had all the elements to make a great story."

Director: Mike Wranovics
Producers: Mike Wranovics, Michael Lindenberger, Josh Keppel
Cinematographer: Josh Keppel, Zack Richard
Editor: Dave Ciaccio
Featuring: Alex Popov, Patick Hayashi, Josh Keppel
St. Anthony Main 4 - 7:45 PM - Sat., Oct. 16th
St. Anthony Main 3 - 1:45 PM - Sun., Oct. 17th

San Fancisco, CA~ 108 minutes


Jessie's upstate New York hometown seems haunted, like a dream set to the tinkling of a far-off wind chime, and seen through a sad prism. At least to her. She's the 18 year-old small town bad girl; she smokes and drinks and shoplifts and has sad, overly-religious parents, who don't like each other, or themselves anymore. So when a common sparrow visits Jessie's bedroom window one morning at dawn and informs her that she's pregnant and she's carrying the baby of God, it's hard to tell where reality ends and being young, female, and totally alone begins. Filmmaker Deborah Kampmeier formed Full Moon Productions to make films by, for and about women. Virgin stars Elisabeth Moss as Jessie, and features the music of Ani Di Franco and Lucinda Williams; it was executive produced by Robin Wright Penn, who also plays Jessie's mother. Nominated for two IFP Independent Spirit Awards, Virgin is a beautiful, polaroid snapshot-like story that is unafraid to show the sadness, beauty and mortal danger of being a young woman in America.

Director: Deborah Kampmeier
Producer: Sarah Schenck, Raye Dowell
Cinematographer: Ben Wolf
Editor: Jane Pia Abramowitz
Cast: Robin Wright Penn, Elisabeth Moss, Daphne Rubin Vega, Socorro Santiago
St. Anthony Main 3 - 9:15 PM - Fri., Oct. 15th
St. Anthony Main 3 - 10:15 AM - Sun., Oct. 17th

Upstate, NY~ 108 minutes


(1920 silent film)

Representing the oldest surviving film made by an African-American director, Oscar Micheaux, Within Our Gates was deemed “culturally significant” by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. It has been reconstructed from film elements acquired from the Filmoteca Espanola in Spain in 1993, and has been restored in its entirety, save one short sequence that has been summarized with an intertile frame.

The film is about an educated southern black woman, Sylvia (Evelyn Preer), who remains in the North following a violent breakup with her fiancé. There she discovers less prejudice in her new school for impoverished black youth. She soon learns the school is going broke, and after hearing people say that the black culture should remain uneducated and unrefined, she becomes driven to help save it.

Within Our Gates is an arresting counterpoint to the films that preceded it, most notably D.W. Griffith’s racist “Birth of a Nation” from 1915. In “Gates,” Micheaux deals with issues of race relations, lynching, romance, rape, violence, and heroism from a vastly different perspective, creating a movie world far different than those that had been seen before.

Central Standard is proud to present this Original Regional, a silent film made in Kansas in 1920. The screening will include a live organ accompaniment by Karl Eilers on the Heights’ original WCCO Radio Wurlitzer organ.

Director: Oscar Micheaux
Starring: Evelyn Preer (Sylvia), Flo Clements (Alma), James D. Ruffin (Conrad), Jack Chenault (Larry)
The Heights - 12:30 PM - Sun., Oct. 17th
Topeka, KS ~ 80 minutes

This screening was made possible with the support of The Library of Congress. The Library of Congress Motion Picture Conservation Center is charged with actively conserving, preserving and restoring film held in the collections of the Library’s Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Since 1970 the MPCC has preserved over 18,000 feature films, television programs and short subjects, making the Library the largest publicly funded motion picture preservation organization in the United States.

Filmmaker Present to Introduce Film

Central Standard is pleased to debut the latest project from Minnesota filmmaker and Central Standard Alumnus Matt Ehling. Security and the Constitution sets up its argument by exploring the historical erosion of American civil liberties during wartime: most notably Lincoln's suspension of the writ of Habeus Corpus, the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, and McCarthyism in 1950's Cold War America. After the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Bush Administration moved quickly to cast the conflict as a permanent war, "...one that will not end in our lifetime." But with the implementation of permanent executive wartime powers guaranteed by the Patriot Act, prominant figures, such as FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley and Stansfield Turner, identify several lasting threats to American Civil Liberties. These include, as in the case of Jose Padilla, holding American citizens indefinitely without bringing charges or access to a lawyer. At a time when many Americans say they would relinquish some of their rights to feel more safe, Security and the Constitution asks, "As a nation, have we learned anything from past mistakes?"

Following this screening there will be a open forum with Michael Andregg (Adjunct professor, University of St. Thomas and University of Minnesota), Peter Erlinder (Teacher of Constitutional Law at William Mitchell), and Coleen Rowely (Special Agent, FBI - Minneapolis). Ms. Rowley is appearing in her personal capacity and her views do not necessarily reflect those of the FBI.

Director/ Producer: Matt Ehling
Associate Producer: Karen Manion
Camera: Matt Ehling, Adrian Danciu, Robin Harris, John Springer, Lisa Fischer, Adam Pemble,
Asst. Editor: Michael Sutz
Featuring: Coleen Rowley, Stansfield Turner , Michael Andregg, Peter Erlinder, Tom Heffelfinger, Tony Bouza
The Heights - 2:00 PM - Sat., Oct. 16th
St. Paul, MN ~ 55 minutes

Filmmaker Present to Introduce Film

Strange as Angels is about the sweet mysteriousness of love. When Marilyn, Rodney, Lena and Earl first meet at a diner in Chicago, they call themselves "four strangers together." They soon become better acquainted, and we find out a few, superficial details about each. Marilyn is stinging from a recent break-up, Lena has hardened herself to love, Rodney longs to connect with someone, and Earl looks at love as a contact sport. But the most important things about each character remain hidden. In darkened city apartments and on ethereal nighttime walks, the ineffable mysteries of experience, self-identity and personal desire intermingle with the mystery which is other peoples' souls. In the end, Strange As Angels posits that we know almost as much about a stranger as we do about ourselves and our lovers. Filmed on a shoestring budget in St. Paul and Chicago, Minnesota filmmaker Steven Foley assembled an all African-American cast for a story vibrantly photographed in the empty style of an Edward Hopper painting. But Foley's story is full, as his character Marilyn intones, "There's so much more to the world than just what we see around us."

Director/Writer: Steven J. Foley
Producers: Michael Moylan, Steven J. Foley
Cinematographer: Christopher Rejano
Cast: Marie-Françoise Theodore, Christian Payton, Jamila Anderson, Inny Clemons, Mimi Ayers, James Craven, Herschel McPherson, Karin Smith
The Heights - 2:30 PM - Sun., Oct. 17th
St. Paul, MN ~ 100 minutes


Karen Friedberg’s The King of the Tango (IL) 16 minutes
Dough's a teenager who feel's like he's in hell. Actually, he's in a farcical trailer park with a sexually-frustrated older brother, a father who's a ghost, and El Rey - a nude Tango-dancer.

Bill Kersey and Edward Kim’s Garpenfargle (AZ) 5 minutes
After his master leaves the apartment, the world's cutest dog struggles to do the right thing in this dog's-ear view of the world.

Josh Thacker’s Stale Mate (MN) 8 minutes
Fun people can have fun with anyone. Even with someone dead. This hilarious, pitch perfect short was completely produced by Fight 12 Collective in under 48 hours.

Matian's Daubit Crigh (WI) 5 minutes
Matters of foremost importance to an agent of The Southern Chapter of The DAUBIT CRIGH RESISTENCE CORE are being discussed in a Wisconsin diner. Pay close attention...

Douglas Pensak’s Reflex (PA) 13 minutes
Imagine what would happen if reality only existed when a film crew was there to make it exist. It happens everyday, actually, but never quite like this.

Mike Rivard’s Ice Fishy (MN) 2 minutes
Many people think ice fishing is an absurd sport; Minnesota filmmaker Mike Rivard probably wouldn't disagree.

Aaron Greer’s Not Color Blind, Just Near-Sighted (AL) 5 minutes
When the subject of this animated short is asked to describe his race for a driver's license application, he says..."honeydew!"

Kat Candler’s Roberta Wells (TX) 8 minutes
Roberta is barely a presence at her family's get-together - her children and grandchildren are too busy for her and she is withdrawing from their world too. But a small, thoughtful gesture speaks volumes about family.

Gary Henoch’s The Puppeteer (MA) 32 minutes
Igor Fokin was a puppeteer who brought the tradition of Russian street theater to Harvard Square. His grotesque little creatures danced to scratchy old Slavic folk songs, and delighted all who saw them. When he couldn't perform anymore, people felt the world had lost a rare type of person, and a rare kind of magic.

St. Anthony Main 3 - 10:00 AM - Sat., Oct. 16th
TRT: 94 minutes


Steve Collins’ Gretchen and the Night Danger (TX) 26 minutes
From Texas, a funny and poignant short about Gretchen, a would-be flower who has to watch R-rated movies with her divorced mom while her would-be boyfriend smokes and makes out with other girls at the video store. Starring Courtney Davis and John Merriman of last year's Central Standard fav, My Name is Buttons.

Jake Yuzna’s Between the Boys (MN) 4 minutes
Eric and Paul live together, shower together, and wrestle together; they're in a relationship. But not the one you think!

Mike Seely’s Hush (CA) 5 minutes
Hush introduces a society in California devoted to preserving an endangered phenomenon: natural sound, or the presence of the sounds of nature apart from the sounds of human beings.

David Barker’s Seven Days (TX) 10 minutes
Richard Nixon is the President of the United States. He's kicking ass in Cambodia, but he can't seem to send his dog King a clear and decisive message.

Kevin Obsatz’s Exploding (MN) 16 Minutes
On a midwinter night, between passing Amtrak trains, a young man and his ex-girlfriend drive around the Twin Cities and talk about the past, the future, and moving on.

Joel Denyes’ bent (in the meantime) (MI) 9 minutes
In this non-narrative movie-poem, an old man visits upon the meaning of his life. Eerie and fantastical, the images in bent are as affecting as the story is disturbing.

Larry Blackhorse Lowe’s Shush (AZ) 10 minutes
From Navajo filmmaker Larry Blackhorse Lowe, a combustible story about family and fury, and the broken yellow line that connects them. Shush played at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

Jay Rosenblatt's I Like It A Lot (CA) 4 minutes
One little girl. One chocolate ice cream cone. One less outfit.

Todd Cobery's Blind Date (MN) 6 minutes
Girl dreams of wedding day. Boy dreams of sexual intercourse. Girl meets boy.

St. Anthony Main 3 - 12:00 PM - Sat., Oct. 16th
TRT: 90 minutes


Ted Passon's Robot Boy (PA) 19 minutes
It's hard to be an individual in the suburbs. Especially when you're half robot.

Ryan Wood's Edible Love (MN) 5 minutes
Written, shot and edited in less than two days as part of the 2004 48 Hour Film Project, Edible Love's got time travel, liquid mother's love, and backwards-English!

Bill Kersey's 87 Topaz (AZ) 8 minutes
The filmmaker fondly remembers his grandfather's life through his letters and the cars he drove, including a 1987 Mercury Topaz - a make and model mostly in weed-grown junkyards now.

Michael Fisher's Falls (VT) 8 minutes
A New England farmer looks on helplessly as his beloved daughter’s steely ambition to walk the tightrope seems to lead her down the same road that destroyed her mother.

Cindy Stillwell's A Season on the Move (MT) 13 minutes
The flickering, floating sights and sounds of wheat and wool production, from Montana filmmaker and Central Standard Alumnus Cindy Stillwell.

Jeff Hopkins' Draw the Pirate (MN) 7 minutes
Submit a drawing of a pirate to an art school academy advertised on a matchbook. Sound easy? Minnesota filmmaker Jeff Hopkins' protagonists draws so many pirates he goes off the deep end.

The Zellner Brothers’ The Virile Man (TX) 7 minutes
Gary's in the closet - literally. He's talking to a phone psychic about a sexual encounter he had with another man. But it's not Gary and it's not the psychic who best sees what's in the cards.

Barry Jenkins' My Josephine (FL) 8 minutes
A laundromat love story. Aadid yearns for his beautiful co-worker as they pass the night cleaning American flags. In Arabic with English subtitles.

David Van Hooser's The Funeral Man (TN) 16 minutes
Dedicated to "the real funeral man of Waverly, Tennessee," David Van Hooser tells the story of a mysterious man who came to every funeral in Waverly to comfort the bereaved.

St. Anthony Main 3 - 6:00 PM - Sat., Oct. 16th
TRT: 91 minutes


Kevin Obsatz’s AN IMMACULATE HOUSE (MN) - 15 minutes
The Body Cartography Project's SEAWALL (MN) - 4 minute (excerpt)
Tom Schroeder’s VUURWERK (MN) - 2 minutes
Marjorie Thieman’s FIRST MEMORY (MN) - 6 minutes
Myron Berdahl’s MEDEA’S GUILT (MN) - 10 minutes
Todd Hemker and Morgan Williams’ FOOL THROTTLE (MN)–6 minutes
John Baird and Richard Shelton’s EYE OF THE WORLD (A Revisionist
History of Television)
(MN) - 6 minutes
William Scott Rees and JoEllen Martinson’s TRI (MN) - 5 minutes
Sayer Frey’s MIRAGE (MN) -36 minutes
Jila Nikpay's KEEPERS OF THE GARDEN (MN) - 8 minutes

The Heights 4:00 PM Sat., Oct. 16th
TRT: 89 minutes

Cine-Magic & Milkhouse productions host the FFF

This one-of-a-kind event compiles footage from videos that were found at garage sales, estate sales, in warehouses and dumpsters throughout the country. The Found Footage Festival collects a number of obscure and all-but-forgotten treasures of outsider (or inadvertent) art. From the curiously produced industrial training video, to the forsaken home video taken by your neighbors the FFF champions them all in a fond homage. A Film Threat reviewer recently described the fest, stating "This is the true underground cinema - If you want to see something truly different and disturbing, the Found Footage Festival has what you’re looking for en masse".

Filmmakers Lounge (adjacent to Pracna restaurant - St. Anthony Main) 7:30 PM Fri., Oct. 15th
TRT: 90 minutes