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“The Talkies” With Guy Maddin Tonight in Minnesota

No offense to Minnesota, but it comes as a welcome surprise to learn that with both BAMcinemaFEST and Silverdocs in full swing, tonight’s most enticingly awesome movie event might very well be taking place at the Heights Theatre in Columbia Heights. Former Jacksonville Film Festival programmer Tim Massett has relocated his yummily awesome “The Talkies” program to that part of the country, and the latest edition features Guy Maddin vocally accompanying a 9pm screening of The Saddest Music in the World. Word on the street is that Maddin will present a live reading of his short film The Heart of the World before Saddest begins.


Along those lines, Massett has taken over as programmer of a new theater in Duluth that sounds like an indie film lover’s dream. He sent me an email recently, which I’m including here. Attention all indie filmmakers: send Tim your films!

the cinema in duluth is opening august 14th. i would encourage anyone you may know that hasn’t had so much luck obtaining distribution that they may find a home for a short theatrical run in this near mythical town, duluth mn. screeners of work (if anyone is interested) can be sent to:

Zeitgeist Arts

Attn: Tim

222 E Superior St., Suite 302

Duluth, MN 55802

— Michael Tully

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Michael Tully is an award-winning writer/director whose films have garnered widespread critical acclaim, his projects having premiered at some of the most renowned film festivals across the globe. He is also the former (and founding) editor of this site. In 2006, Michael's first feature, COCAINE ANGEL, chronicling a tragic week in the life of a young drug addict, world premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film immediately solidified the director as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film,” a reputation that was reinforced a year later when his follow-up feature, SILVER JEW, a documentary capturing the late David Berman's rare musical performances in Tel Aviv, world-premiered at SXSW and landed distribution with cult indie-music label Drag City. In 2011, Michael wrote, directed, and starred in his third feature, SEPTIEN, which debuted at the 27th annual Sundance Film Festival before being acquired by IFC Films' Sundance Selects banner. A few years later, in 2014, Michael returned to Sundance with the world premiere of his fourth feature, PING PONG SUMMER, an ‘80s set coming-of-age tale that was quickly picked up for theatrical distribution by Gravitas Ventures. In 2018, Michael wrote and directed the dread-inducing genre film DON'T LEAVE HOME, which has been described as "Get Out with Catholic guilt in the Irish countryside" (IndieWire). The film premiered at SXSW and was subsequently acquired by Cranked Up Films and Shudder.

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