Minneapolis Underground Film Fest celebrates its third year this weekend

Besides counting down to the new year, another significant countdown is the one on the Minneapolis Film Festival's website. "This weekend, prepare to have your mind blown!" announces an introductory video on the festival's website. When the ticker hits zero on December 3, the festival will commence showing 60 films in just three days at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

"The underground film movement in Minneapolis is an organization of film revolutionaries dedicated to creating new and original work," says festival founder Greg Yolen on his Vimeo site. "The film festival was born out of a need to show that new work." He also points out that over half of the films at this year's event are locally produced. Audiences will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite filmmaker; the winner will get seven days of soundstage time, valued at $10,000, to go toward making their next film.

The following are just a small selection of films that will be shown at this year's festival.


Saturday December 4

2:45 p.m.: The Unattainable

The Unattainable is Minneapolis-based Loonar City Production's first feature-length film. The story follows three characters as they are suddenly faced with the fact that the world is going to end in 10 days. How will they spend their time?

4:00 p.m.: Vixen Highway

This year's screening marks the 10th anniversary for this locally-produced film, which is a tribute to director Russ Meyer. Featuring local actors Stephen D'Ambros and Charles Hubbell, as well as a soundtrack with local musicians, the plot involves three sexy ladies on a mission to deliver, via their 1968 Starfire muscle car, a liver to a rock star in desperate need of a new one.

5:30 p.m.: The Telephone Game

Script? What script? This film's dialogue was entirely improvised by the cast. Follow the story of Marco DeGarr as he tries to keep his theatrical vision from going by the wayside as a result of a difficult, demanding cast. Not to mention his love for the lead actress.

Sunday December 5

4:30 p.m.: Eddies: The Documentary

Six groups of people work to create a piece to submit to an amateur Canadian beer commercial competition. In addition to a gold statue, the winning team takes home $10,000. Now that's a lot of beer money.

5:45 p.m.: My Art School Summer (parental advisory)

This hand-drawn film for grownups follows an art student on campus during her summer break.

On Friday night from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. there will be an opening night party for the festival at Eat Street's Jasmine26. The award ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 5. Tickets are $9 per movie or $49 for a festival pass, which includes one free drink. The event starts on December 3 and runs through the 5. For a full schedule or to purchase tickets, go to