The Twin Cities Film Fest wraps up in Minneapolis Saturday night with the premiere of the comedy drama "Lumpy," with star Justin Long and Minnesota-born director Ted Koland in attendance, the Star Tribune reported.
The festival, held at the ShowPlace ICON Theaters at the West End in St. Louis Park, showcased 60 films in nine days -- from studio productions to locally made independent films and documentaries.
Shot in various parts of the state, "Lumpy" tells the tale of newly-married couple Scott (Long) and Kristin (Jess Weixler), whose honeymoon plans are upended when Scott's best man and lifelong friend Lumpy (Tyler Labine) dies unexpectedly after their wedding reception.
The film marks the directorial debut for Koland, a St. Olaf graduate.
"The advantage of writing the script was not only knowing the story backward and forward, but knowing Minnesota backward and forward," said Koland. "I'm here several times a year, and I had really specific ideas about how to use my home."
Long said he was enjoying his return trip to Twin Cities for the festival.
"I love it here. I never had been to Minnesota before the movie," Long said. "One of the factors in doing the movie was the chance to spend some time in Minneapolis, which I've heard so many good things about. Plus, as an actor, I just love traveling and seeing different parts of the country. I'm so glad I came here."
See video of Koland talking with WCCO-TV about the Twin Cities Film Fest below.
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