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Twin Cities Film Fest already shoots past attendance estimates

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The Twin Cities Film Fest, which got underway Thursday in St. Louis Park, has already exceeded the expectations of the fest's executive director, KARE 11 reports.

Jatin Setia tells the station that in the first three days of the 10-day event, attendance was up 30 percent over estimates.

Setia says he believes word is getting out about the TCFF as a mainstream festival, and thinks it could "potentially rival the Tribeca Film Festival and the Cannes."

The Alexander Payne drama "Nebraska" -- which is already attracting Oscar buzz -- opened the festival Thursday night.

Other big draws at the TCFF over the weekend were the comedy romance "Screwed" -- starring Minnesota natives Brianna Brown and Kurt David Anderson; and the drama "Winter in the Blood," starring "Twilight Saga" actor Chaske Spencer.

"Kurt and I went to St. Olaf together. We did a play my freshman year and his senior year in college and became buds, ” Brown told Bring Me The News Friday. “After I went out to LA, he came out the year after and reached out to me. We’ve had a great friendship for many, many years."

Brown, Anderson and Spencer were among the several artists who appeared at the festival in the opening days.

The TCFF will feature 75 films in all -- 20 of them that were shot and produced in Minnesota.

Also coming in for the festival are Woodbury natives Brian Netto and Adam Schindler, the co-writers and director and producer, respectively of horror thriller "Delivery" (Oct. 25) -- which has earned huge buzz on the film festival circuit. Look for an interview with Netto and Schindler on Bring Me The News later this week.

Still on the TCFF docket are such studio films as the historical drama "Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom" (Oct. 25), and the Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep drama "August: Osage County" (Oct. 26).

The Twin Cities Film Fest runs through Oct. 26 at ShowPlace ICON Theatre in St. Louis Park.

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