TCFF19 Horror/Thriller Reviews: Puppet Killer + Scream, Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street + 3 Day Weekend

We’ve already reached halfway of the film fest!! You can search TCFF2019 for ALL of the posts we’ve done so far this year. Check out the recap from Saturday (thanks to our media producers + TCFF interns!): https://vimeo.com/367529505 Well, since it’s almost Halloween, here are a trio of horror/thriller reviews of films screening at TCFF!… Continue reading TCFF19 Horror/Thriller Reviews: Puppet Killer + Scream, Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street + 3 Day Weekend

TCFF19: DAY 3+4 Reviews: Greywood’s Plot + Documentaries: The Truth About Marriage & Salvage

It’s already Day 4 at TCFF! Well, time sure flies when you’re having fun! Here’s a video recap from Saturday, courtesy of TCFF’s awesome media producers Ellie Drews & Kirstie House: https://vimeo.com/367401324 Greywood’s Plot Greywood’s Plot, directed by MN-based director Josh Stifter (whom Ruth interviewed for his film The Good Exorcist), is a fantastically fun and… Continue reading TCFF19: DAY 3+4 Reviews: Greywood’s Plot + Documentaries: The Truth About Marriage & Salvage

TCFF19: DAY 2 Recap + Reviews: Well-Groomed doc | Black Hat + Misdirection (short)

Hi everyone, it’s Ruth, the official blogger. It’s another gorgeous Autumn day for the second day of TCFF! It’s an extra special day for me as the short film I helped produced last year, MASTER SERVANT was screened last under under the ALL THE WRONG PLACES short block, which was sold out! In fact, TCFF… Continue reading TCFF19: DAY 2 Recap + Reviews: Well-Groomed doc | Black Hat + Misdirection (short)

TCFF19: DAY 1 Recap + WORKING MAN (2019) review

Hi everyone, it’s Ruth, the official blogger. So it begins!! Today is the start of Twin Cities Film Fest’s 10th Anniversary… the first of eleven-day film festivities descends upon Kerasotes ShowPlace ICON Theatres at The Shops at West End. Thankfully our opening night happens to be on a lovely Autumn evening, the sun hasn’t set… Continue reading TCFF19: DAY 1 Recap + WORKING MAN (2019) review

TCFF 2018 Indie Film Spotlight: THE BEST PEOPLE & Interview w/ writer Selina Ringel

BLOG POST BY RUTH MARAMIS FlixChatter.net We’re on a roll! Today we’ve got yet another insights into an indie film screening at TCFF. This time we’re featuring the writer of The Best People, Selina Ringel, a solid dramedy our reviewer calls ‘a must-see at TCFF.’ An emotional roller-coaster in the best possible way, it’s a story… Continue reading TCFF 2018 Indie Film Spotlight: THE BEST PEOPLE & Interview w/ writer Selina Ringel

TCFF 2018 Indie Film Spotlight: LEZ BOMB & Interview w/ writer/director Jenna Laurenzo

BLOG POST BY RUTH MARAMIS FlixChatter.net Year after year, Twin Cities Film Fest supports women filmmakers, as well as LGBTQ-friendly films. Lez Bomb is written and directed by a woman, Jenna Laurenzo, who also stars in the film, talk about a triple threat! It’s also one of the few indie films playing at TCFF that… Continue reading TCFF 2018 Indie Film Spotlight: LEZ BOMB & Interview w/ writer/director Jenna Laurenzo

TCFF 2018 MN Film Spotlight: AMERICAN TENDER & interview w/ filmmaker C.J. Renner + lead actor Frank Foster-Bolton

BLOG POST BY RUTH MARAMIS FlixChatter.net I’m thrilled that I get to see not one but TWO films by talented filmmaker C.J. Renner this year. Earlier this Summer, TCFF showed the gangster thriller GUNN as part of their Insider Series in June. This time, C.J. and his longtime producing collaborator Sasha Michelle come up with another… Continue reading TCFF 2018 MN Film Spotlight: AMERICAN TENDER & interview w/ filmmaker C.J. Renner + lead actor Frank Foster-Bolton

TCFF 2018 Film Spotlight: SAVING FLORA & interview with writer/director Mark Taylor

BLOG POST BY RUTH MARAMIS FlixChatter.net Since we’ve past the halfway mark of the Twin Cities Film Fest, I think I have seen enough movies to indicate which ones have been my favorites. Well, Saving Flora is definitely one of those that I thoroughly enjoyed and I can see myself watching again! Thank you Mark… Continue reading TCFF 2018 Film Spotlight: SAVING FLORA & interview with writer/director Mark Taylor

2018 TCFF Reviews – Belong To Us + Through The Windmill documentary

BLOG POST BY RUTH MARAMIS FlixChatter.net We’ve actually past the halfway mark for TCFF 2018! Wow, where has the time go? I can’t thank my blogging team enough for helping with the reviews and interviews! Special shout out to Holly Peterson for today’s pair of reviews! We’ve got a family film that’s in keeping with… Continue reading 2018 TCFF Reviews – Belong To Us + Through The Windmill documentary

2018 TCFF Reviews – Across The Waters and The Testament

BLOG POST BY RUTH MARAMIS FlixChatter.net We’re almost the halfway point of TCFF 2018 and today we’ve got a pair of reviews of two powerful, beautifully-told WWII-themed films. Thank you Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival for sponsoring both films! Reviews by Holly Peterson … ACROSS THE WATERS (Fuglene Over Sundet) Director: Nicolo Donato Writers: Per Daumiller,… Continue reading 2018 TCFF Reviews – Across The Waters and The Testament

TCFF 2018 Indie Film Spotlight: RICH KIDS & interview w/ filmmaker Laura Somers

BLOG POST BY RUTH MARAMIS FlixChatter.net One of the things I love most about blogging for Twin Cities Film Fest is getting the opportunity to see so many indie gems, as well as insights about making them from the filmmakers themselves. Filmmaker Laura Somers has been such a personal inspiration to me as a newbie… Continue reading TCFF 2018 Indie Film Spotlight: RICH KIDS & interview w/ filmmaker Laura Somers

TCFF 2018 Indie Film Spotlight: NOAH WISE & Interview w/ writer/director Ben Zuckert

BLOG POST BY RUTH MARAMIS FlixChatter.net The best part about attending film festivals is you get to see indie gems you normally won’t be able to see on the big screen. Twin Cities Film Fest celebrates indie films and indie filmmakers from all over the globe. And TCFF loves alumni! Ben Zuckert is back to… Continue reading TCFF 2018 Indie Film Spotlight: NOAH WISE & Interview w/ writer/director Ben Zuckert

TCFF Indie Film Spotlight: STRANGE NATURE + Interview with writer/director James Ojala

BLOG POST BY RUTH MARAMIS FlixChatter.net An eco thriller based on a true story AND it has a Minnesota connection? Well, even in a throng of fantastic indie feature films playing at the TCFF, this one is definitely a must-see! The film is an eco-thriller, the first to cover the deformed frog phenomenon that began… Continue reading TCFF Indie Film Spotlight: STRANGE NATURE + Interview with writer/director James Ojala

TCFF 2018 Documentary Spotlight: INVENTING TOMORROW & interview w/ filmmaker Laura Nix

BLOG POST BY RUTH MARAMIS FlixChatter.net Every year TCFF has put together an amazing lineup of documentaries and Inventing Tomorrow that tick all the boxes of what makes an inspiring, fascinating AND entertaining film. Considered the Olympics of high school science fairs, ISEF is the largest gathering of high school scientists in the world, attracting approximately… Continue reading TCFF 2018 Documentary Spotlight: INVENTING TOMORROW & interview w/ filmmaker Laura Nix

Twin Cities Film Fest’s 2018 OPENING NIGHT: Time For Ilhan Documentary & Green Book Reviews

BLOG POST BY RUTH MARAMIS FlixChatter.net What a day! What a night! It’s the ninth year I’m covering TCFF (yep that’s right, I’ve been with this amazing film fest since its inception) and they’ve done it again. They had not one but TWO opening night film and they’re both amazing! The 11-day film fest is… Continue reading Twin Cities Film Fest’s 2018 OPENING NIGHT: Time For Ilhan Documentary & Green Book Reviews

2017 TCFF AWARD WINNERS!

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TWIN CITIES FILM FEST UNVEILS 2017 AWARD WINNERS; ‘THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI’ NAMED BEST FEATURE Martin McDonagh’s new drama leads TCFF’s 2017 honorees. Other top awards go to “Human Flow,” “The Year of Spectacular Men,” “Instructions for Living” The inaugural Fun is Good Bill Murray Comedic Shorts Award goes… Continue reading 2017 TCFF AWARD WINNERS!

2017 Awards Finalists Announced!

PRESS RELEASE                     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TWIN CITIES FILM FEST ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR 2017 AWARDS ‘The Florida Project,’ ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,’ ‘Human Flow’ and ‘The Bachelors’ lead 2017 contenders; winners to be announced Saturday St. Louis Park, MN (October 27, 2017) – The Twin Cities Film Fest announced more… Continue reading 2017 Awards Finalists Announced!

Birth of a Story

The past 10 months have been arduous, rewarding, frustrating, challenging and most of all, an education.  Here are the ten things I learned from writing Betta Fish. If you’re producing the script you’re writing, make the budget of the film first. This will allow your script to be tailored to the budget.  This is key… Continue reading Birth of a Story

‘SPLIT’ Review: ‘The Horde’ will bring you to the ‘Light’

By Jatin Setia Earlier this week at a preview screening, as I grabbed my seat in the theater awaiting the start of the newest M. Night Shyamalan’s production, ‘Split,’ I caught myself already predicting the ‘twist’ that usually accompanies Mr. Shyamalans’ films. The first frame hadn’t even hit the big screen yet and I was… Continue reading ‘SPLIT’ Review: ‘The Horde’ will bring you to the ‘Light’

Flick’n’Friends Review: Lion

Review Lion Directed by Mark Davis Written by Luke Davies A young orphaned boy from India is adopted by a loving Australian family, but, as a young man, finds himself compelled to find the mother and brother he feels he left behind in the based-on-a-true-story drama Lion—an incredibly impressive first feature effort from director Mark… Continue reading Flick’n’Friends Review: Lion