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Four cool local movies at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

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As is implied by its name, the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival features movies from all over the world. 

But it also makes for a nice launching point for movies made in, or about, Minnesota. A few films are entirely local productions, while some others saw Hollywood hotshots drawn to our state to tell important stories.

Here, we preview five of the best local movies that will be screened during the 35th annual film festival. 

The Seventh Fire
This documentary tells the story of how gangs, guns, and drugs have ravaged the lives of Ojibwe tribe members living on the White Earth reservation. With executive producers Natalie Portman and Terrance Malick, this is one of the more sophisticated takes on a local theme. It also looks unsparingly at drugs and violence, as told through the lives of gang leader Rob Brown and a 17-year-old underling who wants to succeed Brown as the baddest man on the reservation.

Screening: April 23 (closing night), 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
More information here.

THE SEVENTH FIRE - Official Trailer from Jack Pettibone Riccobono on Vimeo.


Women Outward Bound
Back in 1965, young women were expected to be housewives-in-training. That was a little too boring for the adventurous ladies featured in this documentary. A group of 24 women and four girls became the first-ever all-female Outward Bound program, effectively integrating an outdoors education program previously reserved for men and boys. The movie uses archival home movies documenting their original trip, and reunites the women for a look back at what they did some 50 years before.

Screening: April 20, 2 p.m. (Minneapolis), 7 p.m. (Rochester)
More information here.

Women Outward Bound Trailer from Nick Clausen on Vimeo.


The World Has No Eyedea
The drug overdose death of Micheal "Eyedea" Larsen in 2010 shook the local hip-hop scene and saddened rap fans around the world. This movie takes an inside look at the life and times of the soulful freestyle god, through interviews with music friends (including his Rhymesayers labelmates DJ Abilities and Slug from Atmosphere) and family, plus amateur movies of Eyedea onstage and off. 

Screening: April 18, 7 p.m.; April 20, 9:20 p.m.
More information here.




How Love Won
With gay marriage legalized throughout the country by the Supreme Court, it all seems long ago when Minnesota fought its own battles over gay marriage. It wasn't: Back in 2012, Minnesota voters had the chance to pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. This movie tells the inside and personal stories of people involved in the Vote No campaign that successfully defeated that ballot initiative. Those activists then seized on the same momentum to push for legalizing gay marriage, which was passed and signed into law in 2013.


Screening: April 12, 7 p.m.; April 16, 1 p.m.
More information here.