'12 Years a Slave' director adds 2nd Minnesota appearance

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Film fans who were unable to get into the Walker Art Center's special screening of "12 Years a Slave" and dialogue with director Steve McQueen are getting another opportunity, the Star Tribune reports.

McQueen has scheduled an appearance at the Regal Brooklyn Center Stadium 20 theater Saturday afternoon.

The event includes a 12:30 p.m. screening of "12 Years a Slave," followed by a question-and-answer session with the acclaimed filmmaker. Tickets are $8 for adults and $7.50 for seniors and children.

The second screening and Q&A opportunity with McQueen comes after a group of local activists and artists wrote an open letter to the Walker that questioned the museum's programming practices.

The writers claimed in the letter that black people were not given equal access to the regional premiere of “12 Years a Slave" at the Walker on Oct. 30 or the Nov. 9 Walker Dialogue with McQueen.

The open letter also requested another screening and dialogue with McQueen, and it appears the plea made a difference with the film's distributor, Fox Searchlight.

According to Minnesota Public Radio, the distributor arranged the Brooklyn Center session with McQueen.

Meanwhile, the Walker Dialogue with McQueen will take place Saturday night at the museum's theater.

Co-produced by Minnesota filmmaker Bill Pohlad, “12 Years a Slave” took the Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and is already attracting Oscar buzz.

The film tells the true story of Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man in the pre-Civil War era United States who was abducted from upstate New York and sold into slavery in the deep South.

Now playing in select theaters, "12 Years a Slave" also stars Michael Fassbender, Alfre Woodard, Benedict Cumberbatch and Brad Pitt.

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