OITNB actress, activist Laverne Cox in town for Twin Cities Film Festival

Cox will give a Q&A on the final day of the festival.

Orange Is the New Black star and LGBT activist Laverne Cox will join in for the finale of the Twin Cities Film Festival (TCFF).

Cox will hit the red carpet fresh after the premiere of the HBO documentary Trans Listand just before two showings of the locally-made film Free CeCe!

Breakthrough actor Dominic Rains will also join in the TCFF festivities. 

Free CeCe!: film and ongoing battle against the prison industrial complex

Free CeCe! tells the story of survivor and leader CeCe McDonald who was incarcerated in a men's prison after a brutal attack in Minneapolis in 2011.

According to a Rolling Stone interview after her release, McDonald fought for her life after a late-night grocery store run with friends and a man ended up dead. Cox and McDonald use their voices as trans women of color to tackle topics including race, gender and violence.

The film will be showing at both 2:45 and 3:15 p.m. on October 29, the final day of TCFF. After both showings, Cox will guide a Q&A session.

Here is a promotional trailer for Free CeCe! 

The last time Cox was in Minnesota was to give the 11th Annual Carol Ortman Perkins lecture on women empowerment and trans issues at MSU Mankato in February 2015.

Dominic Rains appears opposite James Franco

As a newcomer, Rains is a superstar in his own right as he appears in not one, not two, but three films this year.

One is a thriller called The Loner and another is a comedy ironically called Funeral Day.

However, his most notable performance is in Burn Country, where he acts alongside James Franco and Melissa Leo. Franco plays a former war journalist who is banned from Afghanistan. He lands a job with a local paper in a small city in Northern California, but gets caught up in local corruption.

TCFF runs October 19-29 and a full schedule and tickets can be found here: twincitiesfilmfest.org.

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