The Solstice Film Festival begins today, and continues through the 25th. I think it is way overdue that Minnesota has it’s own celebration of film, for the following reasons:
- There are many talented local people here in ‘flyoverland’. Actors, filmmakers, musicians, audio producers… And there are even a few without issues and egos who can put together a decent film.
- The world should be made aware that Minnesota is NOT LIKE ICELAND. In Iceland, all there is to do is drink, fish, and write progressive rock music. In Minnesota, we drink, fish, write progressive rock music AND make independent films. If you ever get confused just remember Iceland has Bjork, Minnesota has Anna Lee, Prince, and the Replacements. Oh and Eddie Money too.
- Network television is a pitiful abomination.
Devin Halden and Bobby Marsden (ringleader of the local Fearless Filmmakers showings) have worked their tails off to help bring the Solstice Film Fest together. Anyone with an interest in independent film should check it out.
Soon the rest of the world will be calling Minneapolis “MinneWood” (wait a minute, that isn’t such a great name after all.) OK, maybe it can be called “WinterWood” or something. Fine, maybe it should just stay Minneapolis, but at least the world should recognize that we have other talents besides our amazing ability to tolerate temperatures of -1 degree Kelvin.