Twin Cites film fests and events

Dean Martin and Dorothy Malone in Artists and Models
Dean Martin and Dorothy Malone in Artists and Models
Paramount Pictures


Earlier this month, a group of adventurous Minnesota filmmakers was given 48 hours to write, shoot, and edit short films in a randomly decided genre and incorporating a specific character, prop, and line of dialogue in their movie. The best work from that frenzied two days of filmmaking will be shown at the Riverview Theater later this month. For more information, visit

  • 48-Hour Film Project Premiere Screenings: June 12-14 at 7 and 9 p.m.
  • Best of the Minneapolis 48-Hour Film Project: June 21 at 7 p.m.

Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.729.7369


The pub continues its annual summer series of great British films, shown on the rooftop garden Monday evenings from August 6 through 27. The films are free and screen at 8:30 p.m. The movie lineup is still being determined. For more information visit

Brit's Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332-3908


The summer movie series in Stevens Square Park offers free films, activities, live music, and presentations by community leaders. Feature films will be screened at dusk after the music on Wednesday evenings through July 11. Music begins at 8 p.m. More information at This year's lineup (bands in parentheses):

  • June 6: Jurassic Park (Nightosaurs)
  • June 13: The Blues Brothers (Me and My Arrow)
  • June 20: The Goonies (Birthday Suits)
  • June 27: Ghostbusters (Zoo Animal)
  • July 11: Minnesota Short Film Night (Kristoff Krane)

Stevens Square Park, 1801 Stevens Ave. S., Minneapolis


The Riverview Theater in Minneapolis will show late-night movies on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer, beginning at 11:30 p.m.

  • June 15-16: Ghostbusters
  • June 22-23: Harold & Maude
  • June 29-30: The Princess Bride
  • July 6-7: Shaun of the Dead
  • July 13-14: Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • July 20-21: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • July 27-28: Back to the Future
  • August 3-4: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • August 10-11: Serenity
  • August 17-18: Office Space
  • August 24-25: The Big Lebowski
  • August 31-September 1: Labyrinth

Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.729.7369


The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board presents more than 60 popular movies at parks throughout the city. The free screenings, running from June 9 through August 25, begin 15 minutes after sunset. They include movies for a wide range of interests, from new releases (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Footloose) to old favorites (Shrek, Avatar) to scary movies (Fright Night, The Ring). Parks include the Lake Harriet Bandshell, Powderhorn Park, Harrison Park, Phelps Park, and many others. Visit for a list of parks and movies.


Free films are shown on the lawn of the library's Kellogg Boulevard Courtyard (bring your own chair or blanket). This year's program is still being determined. Visit for more information.

St. Paul Central Library, Kellogg Boulevard Courtyard, 90 W. Fourth St., St. Paul; 651.222.3242


Hollywood favorites screen on the roof of Solera Restaurant, Sundays and Tuesdays at dusk.

  • June 10: Blazing Saddles
  • June 12: Field of Dreams
  • June 17: Seabiscuit
  • June 19: The Shining
  • June 24: Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
  • June 26: Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • July 1: Footloose
  • July 3: Apollo 13
  • July 8: Anchorman
  • July 10: Captain America
  • July 15: Dirty Dancing
  • July 17: Casablanca
  • July 22: Sherlock Holmes
  • July 24: Citizen Kane
  • July 29: Moneyball
  • July 31: The Big Lebowski
  • August 5: Green Lantern
  • August 7: Chicago
  • August 12: Mary Poppins
  • August 14: Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • August 19: Catch Me If You Can
  • August 21: The Blind Side
  • August 26: Talladega Nights
  • August 28: E.T.
  • September 2: Star Trek
  • September 4: Flashdance
  • September 9: Easy Rider
  • September 11: Back to the Future
  • September 16: Vertigo
  • September 18: Men in Black 3
  • September 23: Rocky
  • September 25: The Big Lebowski
  • September 30: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Solera, 900 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.338.0062


The Walker Art Center continues its hugely popular summer entertainment series in Loring Park (July 30 to August 13) and the Walker Open Field (August 20). The Monday evening events are free and will showcase bands from the Twin Cities' diverse music scene, followed by an outdoor movie. This summer's series is titled "In Dreams," with films that correspond thematically with the Walker's Midnight Party exhibition. Music begins at 7 p.m., with films at dusk, except on August 20, when the program begins at 8:45. The movies and musicians (in parentheses):

  • July 30: Spellbound (Night Moves)
  • August 6: Artists and Models (Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits)
  • August 13: The City of Lost Children (Rogue Valley)
  • August 20: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Brute Heart)

Loring Park, Willow Street at 14th Street West; Minneapolis

Walker Art Center Open Field, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis


Take-Up Productions, the nonprofit that operates the 50-seat Trylon, continues to offer retrospectives on iconic filmmakers or themed film series, plus ongoing series like the so-bad-it's-good B-movie programs of Trash Film Debauchery, the Sound Unseen music documentaries, and "The Defenders," in which local artists pick out and justify their own celluloid cult favorites. This summer Take-Up is planning film series (at the Trylon and at the Heights Theatre) on comic-book movies, Deanna Durbin, great comedy teams, and filmmaker Sam Fuller. For a complete list of films, visit

  • June 7: It Started With Eve (Heights)
  • June 8-10: Persepolis
  • June 14: First Love (Heights)
  • June 15-17: Fritz the Cat
  • June 21: Because of Him (Heights)
  • June 22-24: Flash Gordon, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • June 28: Christmas Holiday (Heights)
  • June 29-July 1: Crumb
  • July 5: Can't Help Singing (Heights)
  • July 5, 7, 8: The Godfather
  • July 13-15: The Bride Wore Black, Mississippi Mermaid
  • July 20-22: Sherlock, Jr.; Seven Chances
  • July 27-29: Foxy Brown, Jackie Brown
  • August 2: Way Out West (Heights)
  • August 3-5: Pickup on South Street
  • August 9: A Night at the Opera (Heights)
  • August 10-12: Shock Corridor, The Naked Kiss
  • August 16: Hold That Ghost (Heights)
  • August 17-19: House of Bamboo, Forty Guns
  • August 23: Adam's Rib (Heights)
  • August 24-26: White Dog, The Crimson Kimono
  • August 30: Pillow Talk (Heights)

The Trylon, 3258 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis; 612.424.5468

Heights Theatre, 3951 Central Ave. NE, Columbia Heights; 763.788.9079

The City of Lost Children
Sony Pictures

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