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Minnesota filmmakers score big Independent Spirit Award nominations

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Minnesota filmmakers Bill Pohlad, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen and Michael Starrbury all scored major nominations Tuesday for the 29th annual Independent Spirit Awards, Variety reports.

The Pohlad-produced historical drama "12 Years a Slave" led all contenders with seven nominations, including bids for Best Feature, Best Director for Steve McQueen, and Best Male Lead for Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Pohlad shares his nomination for co-producing the Best Feature nominee with six other filmmakers, including co-star Brad Pitt.

The Coen brothers' folk music tale "Inside Llewyn Davis" also nabbed a Best Feature nomination, which specifically calls out the Coens and Scott Rudin as the film's producers.

Oscar Isaac, who plays the title character, also earned a nomination for Best Male Lead.

Starrbury, who was nominated for a prestigious Humanitas Prize in July, earned a Spirit Award nomination for Best First Screenplay for his drama "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete."

The Independent Spirit Awards, voted on annually by the members of Film Independent, will be handed March 1 during a ceremony on the beach in Santa Monica, California, and broadcast on cable's IFC later in the evening.

Meanwhile, a documentary film chronicling a concert featuring some of the musicians in "Inside Llewyn Davis" is being prepared for released on the cable channel Showtime, according to CinemaBlend.com.

Isaac, John Goodman and Carey Mulligan are among the "Llewyn Davis" stars featured in the documentary, which is titled "Another Day Another Time."

The concert also features such acclaimed musicians as Jack White, Joan Baez, Marcus Mumford and Patti Smith.

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