'1968 Film Festival' screens Saturday

The 2010 "1968 Film Festival" will take place tomorrow at the Minnesota History Center, showcasing short films triggered by any and all things related to that crucial turning point in American history; the year 1968. And the best part is, it's sure to be educational, enlightening, and it is definitely free. 

During the event, attendees can watch screenings from noon to 4 p.m. of 10-minute short films created by filmmakers from all experience levels in culmination of the annual competition.

Each visual artist took on the weighty endeavor of creating a film about any aspect of 1968. Whether it's a personal story, political commentary, or inspired by pop culture, the films all touch on a year in which our nation was in a constant tidal wave of change. After watching the films, audience members will have a chance to ask questions, as each screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. 

Some of the short films on tap this year will cover topics like the American Indian Movement, Boeing 747s, the West Bank music scene of Minneapolis, civil rights, war, and a cleaning lady's experience the day Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. 

Following the final screening, the competition will come to an end with awards given for the Best Film, the Emerging Filmmaker Award, Revelation Award, Eyewitness Award, and Generations Special Focus Award. To gear up for the festival, the 2009 award-winning films are available for viewing on the 1968 Project website, along with the 2010 film festival schedule.

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