Just in time for Halloween, the Twin Cities Film Fest is rolling out some frightening fare for the event's final weekend -- including the independent horror feature "Delivery," made by two native Minnesotans.
Woodbury natives Brian Netto and Adam Schindler co-wrote the found footage-inspired thriller, while Netto handled director's duties and Schindler served as producer. Told in flashback, the film chronicles a couple's pregnancy gone horribly awry during a shoot for a reality TV show, because the wife suspects her unborn child is possessed by the devil.
The longtime friends met in middle school in Woodbury and began making films on videotape, and continued on with their aspirations to become filmmakers after graduating from college. After moving to Los Angeles, the pair toiled in the movie business for 11 years before completing "Delivery," which has been shown at several film gatherings since its debut at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June.
“We love the idea to come back home and show family and friends what we’ve been doing for the last couple years and spending our time,” Netto told me in a recent interview. “It’s really going to be a pretty exciting moment to share our film with everyone.”
"Delivery" will screen at the TCFF Friday night at 9:45 p.m.
While the pair wants audiences to see their film, Netto asks pregnant women to stay away. Try as he might, though, he knows his warnings can only go so far.
"My sister came out for the LA Film Festival and at that point she was just a few months along," Netto recalled with a nervous laugh. "She'll be there again for the Twin Cities Film Festival and she'll be about 7 months by that time."
Netto and Schindler made their first film together in sixth grade on VHS -- a knock-off movie of the possessed doll thriller "Child's Play." The best doll they could get to stand in for the red-headed "Good Guy," Chucky, though, was a Cabbage Patch doll.
"I don't know why that idea popped into our heads -- probably just easy access," Schindler said. "We had all the right stuff on hand to do the movie ... we didn't say at the time we wanted to do it for a living. We were just doing it because it was fun."
While Netto says he went to an average number of movies as a kid (he was raised in New Jersey before his family moved to Woodbury when he was 9), Schindler says he developed a love of film early on -- almost by accident.
"When I was growing up, my sister used to dance in Maplewood, and the drive there from Woodbury was about 30 minutes depending on traffic," Schindler recalled. "So my dad and I had to take her to dance lessons, and instead of going home and coming back, we would always just go across the street to the Maplewood Theatre. We used to watch three or four movies a week, so for me, personally, I think that's where the bug came from. Movies became a part of me."
If "Delivery" doesn't scare TCFF audiences enough, the festival is also screening the psychological thriller "Nothing Without You" on Saturday night at 8:45 p.m.
The film -- which stars Twin Cities-based actress Emily Fradenburgh -- will close out the festival.
"We are honored that our film was chosen as the closing night film at the 2013 Twin Cities Film Fest," director Xackery Irving said in a statement. “To screen with such films as Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska' and 'August: Osage County' is a thrill, but to have our film showcased in such a way means so much to everyone involved in making the film."
Fradenburgh and Irving met in Minneapolis when the filmmaker was living here producing the A&E documentary series "The First 48."
The TCFF, which got underway Oct. 17, exceeded audience attendance expectations after the first weekend, KARE 11 reports.