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Twin Cities Film Festival to feature online and in-person screenings, some for free

2October 2020

The 11th annual Twin Cities Film Fest will take a hybrid approach with online on-demand screenings and a handful of socially distanced in-person screenings.

Tickets for online films are $9 or $50 for an all-access pass that provides access to more than 70 films. Tickets for in-person screenings at ShowPlace ICON Theatres at The Shops at West End are available to donors, members and sponsors. For further details, see twincitiesfilmfest.org. The festival runs from Oct. 22 through 31.

“There was never a doubt that TCFF was going to take place this year,” said executive director Jatin Setia in a news release. “We know the positive impact that film arts, independent storytelling, and unique perspectives can have on the fabric of our culture and community. … I’m so proud of my team and our supporters in making sure that TCFF not only happens this unprecedented year, but it leaps forward and innovates new ways to bring a cinematic community together to share a vision — and a conversation.”

The festival opens with the documentary “Black Boys,” an intergenerational story that offers insight into black identity and opportunity. Director Sonia Lowman will appear in a pre-recorded conversation. This year’s closing night selection is “Nomadland,” Chloe Zhao’s festival award-winning drama starring Frances McDormand as a displaced widow who chooses a nomadic lifestyle. The film won the people’s choice award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Each year, TCFF programs a special series of films to call attention to a specific social issue. This year’s cause is affordable living and the film series includes stories spotlighting housing, healthcare, childcare and eldercare. Thanks to several local sponsors, those films will be available for free online screenings.

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