Twin Cities Film Fest under way; 60 films to play in 9-day event

The feature film directorial debuts of "The Sopranos" creator David Chase and Oscar-winning film icon Dustin Hoffman are among the films screening at the Twin Cities Film Fest, which begins Friday and runs through Oct. 20. The 60-film event also includes the world premieres of films shot in Minnesota, and attendance by several filmmakers and actors.

The feature film directorial debuts of "The Sopranos" creator David Chase and Oscar-winning film icon Dustin Hoffman are among the films screening at the Twin Cities Film Fest, reported the Star Tribune website Vita.mn.

The nine-day, 60-film event begins Friday and runs through Oct. 20, with all the films playing at the ShowPlace ICON Theaters at the West End in St. Louis Park.

Chase's "Not Fade Away" (Oct. 19 ) tells the story of 1960s rock band from New Jersey trying to hit the big time, while Hoffman's "Quartet" (Oct. 14) is a dramedy set in a retiree home for opera singers.

The festival also includes the world premieres of several locally-produced films, as well as Twin Cities debut Oct. 16 of the critically acclaimed dramedy "The Sessions" -- which has already earned Alexandria native John Hawkes frontrunner status for a Best Actor Oscar nomination.

Also scheduled is special screening of director Steven Spielberg's "E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial" (Oct. 14), the 1982 classic starring Henry Thomas and Dee Wallace.

Among the locally-flavored features playing at the festival are "The Rhymesayers European Tour" (Oct. 16), which peers into the lives and music of the Twin Cities’ Rhymesayers record label. Festival organizers say several Twin Cities filmmakers will be in attendance for Q&A sessions after their respective screenings.

Kicking off the festival Friday night is "A Place at the Table," a documentary that examines the hunger experience by millions of Americans; and closing the festival is the comedy "Lumpy," which was filmed in Minnesota.

"A Place at the Table" director Lori Silverbush will attend the opening night event, while "Lumpy" stars Justin Long and Addison Timlin are scheduled to attend the closing night gala Oct. 20.

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