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2021 TCFF ANNOUNCES A ROBUST LINEUP OF FILMS!


TWIN CITIES FILM FEST UNVEILS STAR-STUDDED 2021 LINEUP FEATURING MORE THAN 100+ MOVIES SET TO SCREEN & STREAM IN OCTOBER — BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH HEADLINES OPENER THE ELECTRICAL LIFE OF LOUIS WAIN; KENNETH BRANAGH’S FESTIVAL HIT BELFAST NAMED 2021 CLOSING NIGHT SELECTION

TCFF returns next month with a hybrid program showcasing a wide-ranging catalog of acclaimed studio award contenders, memorable shorts, thought-provoking documentaries and exhilarating independent feature films. The 2021 program will showcase Minnesota-connected productions, BIPOC voices, female
filmmakers and includes a special “Changemaker Series” spotlight on projects that address mental wellness.


Minneapolis, Minnesota (Sept 23, 2021) — The Twin Cities Film Fest announced its complete lineup of 2021 films and events Thursday, featuring more than 100 movies set to screen and stream in a
hybrid format that will run Oct. 21-30. The festival’s in-person program will return to the Showplace ICON Theaters at The Shops at West End, with some 45 screenings set to take place at the St. Louis Park venue. More than 50 films will simultaneously debut online via the TCFF STREAMS platform at www.twincitiesfilmfest.org. 2021 marks the 12th anniversary for the nationally recognized non-profit,
celebrating independent stories and diverse voices through film arts.

“As we work to support and elevate emerging filmmakers, underrepresented voices and cinema that aims to inspire social change, we’re aiming to be much more for this community than just a festival,” says Jatin Setia, TCFF’s Executive Director. “We aspire to play an active role in the future of impact storytelling. TCFF is a diverse community of film artists, industry partners and patrons who are driven to elevate the narratives that shape our realities. When stories aren’t shared, change can’t happen. TCFF provides a
platform which engages audiences in immersive film experiences enabling conversations that align and amplify the voices of our generation.”

Amazon Studios’ The Electrical Life of Louis Wain is set to open the festival on Oct. 21st, telling the story of the Victorian-era artist whose widely published drawings of anthropomorphized cats transformed
them from mysterious to irresistible. Director Will Sharpe’s masterful visuals and creative use of color convey Louis’s complicated mind, immeasurable talent and consuming love and loss. This year’s closing night gala will celebrate Belfast, Kenneth Branagh’s drama featuring Jamie Dornan, Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Ciarán Hinds and newcomer Jude Hill. The film, which takes place during The Troubles, sectarian conflict between Protestants and Catholics in 1969 Ireland, is a page from Branagh’s own life and his most personal film to date. The film received the coveted people’s choice award at the Toronto International Film Festival, instantly catapulting it into the Oscar conversation.

Other notable entries: Jesse Moss’s documentary Mayor Pete, which follows Secretary Pete Buttigieg during his 2020 run for president and has been chosen as TCFF’s official 2021 Centerpiece; C’mon
C’mon, Mike Mills’s black-and-white production built around a heartfelt performance from Joaquin Phoenix and a notable debut from newcomer Woody Norman; The French Dispatch, Wes Anderson’s newest project featuring an all-star cast including Bill Murray, Timothée Chalamet and Tilda Swinton; Encounter, a sci-fi thriller directed by Michael Pearce and starring Riz Ahmed; The Humans, directed by Stephen Karam in his directorial debut, and based on his one-act play of the same name starring Richard Jenkins, Jayne Houdyshell, Amy Schumer, Beanie Feldstein, Steven Yeun and June Squibb; and Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America, directed by Emily Kunstler & Sarah Kunstler and written by Jeffery Robinson TCFF STREAMS, the festival’s proprietary online platform at TwinCitiesFilmFest.org, will feature premieres of award-winning narratives, documentaries and shorts curated from all across the country in the HER Series (films by/for/about women), MN-Connected Series, EMPOWER Series (focused on BIPOC voices) and the OUT Series (LGBTQ community). Twin Cities Film Fest utilizes the power of film to spotlight a Social Cause each year through its
Changemaker Series. In 2021, the focus will be on ‘mental wellness.’ The films in the series will bring attention to our collective emotional, psychological and social well-being.

TCFF’s complete 2021 schedule is listed below. Tickets will go on sale next week, beginning Oct. 1. To learn more about the lineup, please visit www.twincitiesfilmfest.org. Ticket prices range from $9 online
to $12 in-person. Opening/Centerpiece/Closing films will all be $20 with a handful of films available to view at no cost. A ‘Streaming Pass’ is available for $50 and a ‘Hybrid Pass’ for $150. TCFF 2021 will be following health guidelines as put forth by the State and CDC. All TCFF employees/volunteers will be vaccinated. All guests/audience members are asked to wear a mask during any in person experiences (in the theater and TCFF lounge) regardless of vaccination status. TCFF wants to ensure and prioritize safety for all attendees and use film arts as a way to continue bringing our community together.


ABOUT TWIN CITIES FILM FEST
Twin Cities Film Fest (TCFF) is a Minneapolis-based 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization founded by Executive Director, Jatin Setia. We change perspectives, transform lives, and strengthen our communities by supporting and spurring on the art of filmmaking. TCFF’s vision is to cultivate immersive experiences that amplify communities of creation, celebration, and change. To learn more about TCFF, events, film submissions or to donate, visit twincitiesfilmfest.org.

ABOUT KERASOTES SHOWPLACE ICON THEATRES
Founded in 1909 with a single storefront nickelodeon, Chicago-based Kerasotes Showplace Theatres introduced a “new era of moviegoing” with its Showplace ICON Theatres. For more information, please visit us online at http://www.showplaceicon.com.

ABOUT THE SHOPS AT WEST END
The Shops at West End is an exciting mixed-use development located in the highly affluent suburb of St. Louis Park, just minutes from downtown Minneapolis. Located at the intersection of I-394 & 100, The Shops at West End features restaurants such as CRAVE and THE LOCAL, and various retailers. For a complete list of West End tenants, please visit www.TheShopsAtWestEnd.com.


2021 TWIN CITIES FILM FEST LINEUP

39 Seconds; Paul Irmiter
A Fire Within; Christopher Chambers
A Hero; Asghar Farhadi
A Hidden Star; Mary Elizabeth Gentle and Alia Tarraf
A Northeast Passage; Tyler Hudson & Gregory Paape
Acid Test; Jenny Waldo
After Antarctica; Tasha Van Zandt
American’ish; Iman Zawahry
BEDLAM Kenneth; Paul Rosenberg
Being; Ian Bennett
Being Thunder; Stephanie Lamorre
Belfast; Kenneth Branagh
Black Feminist; Zanah Thirus
Bough Brothers; Nickolaus Swedlund
Breaking Them Up; Scott Dow
Broken Diamonds; Peter Sattler
Chasing Childhood; Margaret Munzer Loeb and Eden Wurmfeld
C’mon C’mon; Mike Mills
Driveways; Andrew Ahn
Drunk Bus; John Carlucci & Brandon Laganke
DUSTWUN; Genevieve Anderson
Encounter; Michael Pearce
Everything in the End; Mylissa Fitzsimmons
Faking a Murderer; Stuart Stone
Following The Ninth: In The Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony; Kerry Candaele
Her Name Was Jo; Joe Duca
I Am Lisa; Patrick Rea
Incompleteness, Part 1; David Ash
Jockey; Clint Bentley
Kling; Demetrius Matthews
Land Of My Father; Matthew Kosmirl
Leaves of Grass: Illuminated; Mark Wojahn
Live Free. Skate Hard.; Legrand McMullen
Mayor Pete; Jesse Moss
Nevertheless; Sarah Moshman
Night at the Eagle Inn; Erik Bloomquist
Open Field; Kathy Kuras
Outside The House; Darnell Lamont Walker
Paradise Strong; Jonathan Vinson
Patient No More; Diana Fraser
Pieces of Us; Cheryl Allison
Playing With Beethoven; Jenn Page
Pretty Boy; Marcel Walz
Project Bike; Alec Schwandt
Rural By Choice; Micah & Jenna Kvidt
Sapelo; Nick Brandestini
Sold Out; Tim Dahlseid
Storm Lake; Jerry Risius, Beth Levison
Tapeball; Joe Nyquist
Terminally Optimistic; Andres Parra
That’s Wild; Michiel Thomas
The Bobcat Boys; Mac Alsfeld
The Book Keepers; Phil Wall
The Curse Of Raven Heights; Blair Smith
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain; Will Sharpe
The French Dispatch; Wes Anderson
The Humans; Stephen Karam
The R-Word; Amanda Lukoff
The Turkey; Liz Kaar
The Universality of It All; Andrés Bronnimann
Trusted Messenger; Chris Newberry
Try Harder!; Debbie Lum
Uprooted – The Journey of Jazz Dance; Khadifa Wong
Waikiki; Christopher Kahunahana
Wet House; Benjamin May
Who We Are – A Chronicle of Racism in America; Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler
Wuhan Wuhan; Yung Chang
Youth V Gov; Christi Cooper