Another film festival?

header_mid_logo.gifYes indeed. We went from having no festivals to a few small ones to a ton of them in just a few short years. I already know of another one happening this fall. This looks like it could be kind of fun. I hope all of these festivals don’t crowd each other out. Granted, I haven’t attended very many movies at these festivals, but I just like saying our city has them. Not only is there movies, there are lots of parties and real life movie stars onhand for a few of the flicks. There are around 30 films and short films that will be shown during the festival. I was even an extra in one of them last year. The movie is called “Fall Into Me’ and it plays at 6:00 on Friday. Continue to read on below for info given to us directly from the festival committee.

June 21-25, 2006 Downtown St. Paul, MN 2006 Opening Gala June 21, 2006 • Opening Gala Presentation and Film • Opening Gala Ball • Opening Gala Presentation and Film (6:00pm-9:00pm) i. Shoot in Minnesota Presentation: Gala Attendees will be entertained with several speakers, including the Shoot in Minnesota group. Shoot In Minnesota is a non-profit film industry trade association organized for the purpose of improving the state of the film industry in Minnesota. They will advocate for legislation that will grant incentives to producers of films, commercials and television that choose to shoot in Minnesota using Minnesotan crew, talent and services. ii. Other speakers to be added. iii. 2006 Opening Film: Mini’s First Time. “Mini’s First Time” stars Nikki Reed, Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Carrie-Anne Moss, Rick Fox and Svetlana Metkina. Majority of the cast will be in attendance for the screening. Edward Bass, Evan Astrowsky, Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti produced the film through the Trigger Street and Bold Films banners. Michel Litvak, Gary Michael Walters and Dan Grodnik exec produced. Dark comedy follows a teen who’s attracted to the seedier side of L.A. nightlife. After she begins a sexual relationship with her stepfather, the duo scheme to have the teen’s mother committed to a mental institution. • Opening Gala Ball: (9:15pm-12:00?pm) i. Immediately following the Opening Gala presentations and film screening. ii. Hosted by the Christo’s Union Depot Place. iii. The Gala Ball will have a “Fire & Ice” theme. iv. Fire Dancers to perform outside CUDP while Gala attendees arrive and enter the party. v. Ice sculptures designed by Solstice and sculpted by a SFF sponsor. vi. Live entertainment and DJ. vii. Open Bar hosted by our sponsors. June 22, 2006 • VIP Boat Party (5:30pm-9:00pm) i. Boat party attendees will enjoy a trip down the Mississippi River aboard the Harriet Bishop Padelford Packet boat. ii. Open Bar iii. Great appetizers iv. Casino tables v. Live entertainment June 23, 2006 • Lowry Dinner Theater Wrap Party • Burlesque show • Live Entertainment • Appetizers • Cash Bar with drink specials provided by our sponsors. June 24, 2006 • Nightly Wrap/Film parties hosted by the bars and restaurants of Downtown St. Paul. 2006 Closing Awards Ceremony June 25, 2006 • 2006 Awards Presentation • 2006 Closing Film • Closing Gala • 2006 Awards Presentation • Category Awards presented to award recipients. 1. Best Narrative Feature 2. Best Documentary 3. Best Short 4. Best Animation 5. Best New Director 6. Best New Talent 7. Best Actor/Actress 8. Most Innovative Filmmaker 9. Best in Minnesota 10. Jury Award 11. Audience Award • 2006 Closing Film  Closing Film: 10 MPH: 10 MPH is a comical documentary that follows a pair of aspiring filmmakers as they quit their jobs and turn a friend’s ludicrous idea into a movie. The impulsive purchase of a two-wheeled Segway scooter sets this story in motion when the two friends decide to travel from Seattle to Boston at 10 MPH in an attempt to change their lives forever… What ensues is a road trip like none other with a haphazard cast of characters you could only find on a zany 100-day trek through America’s back roads. Each poignant story the two friends discover along the way inspires a craving inside to go out and do that thing you’re supposed to do. • Closing Gala: Matty B’s Supper Club: Get your tickets now for the Closing Gala party hosted by Matty B’s. Attendees will enjoy drink specials, world renown DJ and a great St. Paul “Gangster” atmosphere while the 2006 Solstice Film Festival winds down to a close.

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