Two films made in Minnesota heading to Sundance

Two films made in Minnesota heading to Sundance
Dear White People

Out of 12,000 entries, 16 U.S. films have been chosen to compete in the 2014 Sundance Film festival. Of those that made the grade, two flicks, Dear White People and Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, were made in Minnesota.

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter tells the story of a Japanese woman, played by Pacific Rim's Rinko Kikuchi, who comes to the United States in search of the Steve Buscemi's character's buried treasure from the movie Fargo. The piece was directed by David Zellner and written by his brother Nathan Zellner. The flick comes with high praise from the Sundance board.

"They've been doing what they do for so long, staying true to their visions, no compromising, and here they are in our competition. That one I'm really excited about," says Trevor Groth, Sundance's director of programming.

Dear White People, directed by Justin Simien, examines race in our "post-racial" society. A satire, the movie follows four black college students at an Ivy League college, where tensions peak as a group of white students plan an "African American"-themed party.

The work, some of which was filmed in the same building as City Pages, was produced this summer under Snowbate, a business incentive intended to bring more film productions to Minnesota.

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival takes place January 16-26 in Park City, Utah.

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