Nov 4, 2010
The 2010 Asian Film Festival
Max Sparber previews some of the offerings at this year's Minneapolis/St. Paul Asian Film Festival, presented by the Mpls/St. Paul Film Society at St. Anthony Main Theatre from November 3 - 13.
Oct 13, 2010
Inside the Producer's Art
Filmmaker and writer Marsha Trainer profiles producer Christine Walker (HOWL, LIFE DURING WARTIME), co-founder of the Mpls-based film production company WercWerkWorks, to get to the heart of the question, "What does a film producer actually do?"
Oct 8, 2010
The Ear is the Place, Man
For a second essay in his new series on jazz, co-presented by mnartists.org and the Walker Art Center, musician and writer Jeremy Walker argues in defense of the idiosyncratic, ever-shifting, individual listener's ear.
Sep 8, 2010
Storytelling by Design in a Digital Age
Marsha Trainer chats with Martha Stewart Living Omni, Inc. chief creative & editorial director Gael Towey and her husband, acclaimed designer Stephen Doyle. Both will be at the W Hotel - Foshay on September 9 as part of the "Design Conversations" series.
Apr 26, 2010
Alison Morse profiles composer Tom Hambleton and animator Tom Schroeder, both of whom have become adept at the art of sound design in animation, using the complex interplay of sound and image to create "visual music."
Apr 12, 2010
On Location in "Cubicle"
Camille LeFevre has been watching Skewed Visions' monthly webcast, "Cubicle," and finds the series' genre-bending ruminations on place, work, and life in the modern office to be, on the whole, both intriguing and enlightening.
Apr 2, 2010
Saving the World One Gamer at a Time
Camille LeFevre reports back from a recent conference at the U of MN, the first in a proposed series called "Design Intersections." The symposium focused on crowdsourcing solutions for some of the world's most pressing problems through online gaming.
Apr 1, 2010
Envisioning an Art Ecology
Writer and landscape architect Diane Hellekson outlines a dynamic model for thinking about cultivation of the arts in Minnesota -- specifically, she makes the case for seeing the health of state's arts and artists in ecological rather than economic terms.
Mar 24, 2010
Poetry in Motion
Writer Alison Morse checks out a collaboration spearheaded by acclaimed poet Todd Boss and animator Angella Kassube, "Motionpoems," which aims to use moving images to "embed poems in people's consciousness," and to create a larger audience for both forms.
Dec 10, 2009
Choreography for Body and Camera
Lightsey Darst profiles the Dance Film Project, a yearly festival which aims to build a dance film community in Minnesota. The second annual festival was organized by John Koch and Vanessa Voskuil, and will be at Intermedia Arts Dec 11-12.
Oct 1, 2009
A Poet's Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain
Britt Aamodt profiles the documentary, "Cold Mountain: Han Shan," by filmmakers Mike Hazard and Deb Wallwork and poet Jim Lenfestey. The story is at once personal and historic, about kinship that crosses centuries and one man's quest to honor his muse.
Aug 18, 2009
Love, According to Dave
Britt Aamodt offers an in-depth profile of emerging screenwriter turned playwright, David Ash -- the local writer/director of the underground film festival favorite, "Love: A Documentary," and a new play, "Connected."
Jul 20, 2009
Telling Stories from the Inside Out
Andy Sturdevant seeks out Gudrun Lock, an under-the-radar video artist whose work offers a fresh vision on the ties that connect people, places, and stories together.
Jul 2, 2009
Tony Nelson Captures the Mad Ripple's Milieu
Maggie Sandford offers an engaging look into photographer Tony Nelson's new exhibition of work documenting the local artist community behind Jim Walsh's (aka The Mad Ripple) weekly Hootenanny nights.
Jun 25, 2009
Tilting at Windmills in St. Cloud
Writer Jennifer Kohnhorst profiles an intriguing, talented musician in St. Cloud--a one-man creative dynamo whose audience size has yet to catch up to his talent. Read on for Ganderson's story and to lend your ears to his appealingly quirky take on pop.
May 18, 2009
MN Filmmakers Invade Cannes Today--Tomorrow, the World
Writer Maggie Sandford speaks with the motley crew behind the 48-Hour Film Project success story, "Birthmarked for Death," about their many film projects and the team's new endeavor, "Nation Undead."
Apr 21, 2009
A Fan's Notes -- MSPIFF 2009: Opening Weekend
The latest in a series of dispatches by Max Sparber from this years Mpls/St. Paul International Film Festival (April 16-30). Read on for his take on a couple of love stories he saw opening weekend: "500 Days of Summer" and "Just Another Love Story."
Apr 15, 2009
4 Track Films: Movie Production, MN-style
Ann Klefstad's engaging profile of the filmmakers behind Duluth's 4 Track Films, whose fearlessness and comedic chops are getting real critical notice. Their new film, "White Man's World," will screen at this year's MSPIFF April 24.
Apr 13, 2009
A Fan's Notes - MSPIFF 2009: Minnesota Made
Over the next few weeks, Max Sparber will file a series of on-the-ground dispatches giving his impressions of the films, the conversations, and the vibe among filmgoers at this year's Mpls/St Paul Int'l Film Fest (April 16-30).
Feb 16, 2009
A Fresh Eye on Minnesota Hip-Hop
Daily Planet Arts Editor Jay Gabler profiles B Fresh (aka Rebecca McDonald), a young woman who's quickly becoming the photographer of record for our region's exploding hip-hop scene.
Jan 22, 2009
2008 YEAR IN REVIEW: Theater, Music and Dance
Compiled by Susannah Schouweiler
Minnesota actors, dancers, choreographers, and theater-goers respond to the year that was, taking stock of the moments, both personal and public, from the last year in performance that are lingering with them into 2009.
Jan 8, 2009
2008 YEAR IN REVIEW: The Lists
Compiled by Susannah Schouweiler
Local art luminaries Frank Gaard, Emma Berg, and Ruben Nusz offer a grab-bag of their picks for the high (and low) points and the love-'em/hate-'em memorable moments from the year just passed