Schedule Announced

The 2004 CSFF schedule is now up on our site - check it out NOW. Get a good look at the 2004 festival line-up before the programs hit the streets. Also All-Access Festival Passes and Four Packs are now available at our ticketing partner Ticketworks.

Check back often for the latest news regarding the 2004 Central Standard Film Festival.

Opening Night Party
Featuring the acoustic gypsy jazz of Reynold Philipsek and Robert Bell
And the psychedelic acoustic folk of Nikki Matteson and Rich Rue
The party begins at 9:00 PM on Thursday, October 14 at the Depot Hotel, 225 3rd Ave. South, Minneapolis.
complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.
Sponsored by KFAI & 770 Radio K.
(following Wellstone! screening)
Closing Night Party
The party begins at 9:00 PM on Sunday, October 17, at the Pracna on Main, 117 S.E. Main Street, Minneapolis.
(following Last Goodbye screening)

Friday, October 15

The Central Standard Film Festival will again host a number of informational seminars involving visiting and local filmmakers and composers with the goal of enhancing the film screenings and allowing participants to meet the artists. Admission is $8 per seminar and free to All Access festival pass holders.
Location: The Depot Hotel, 225 Third Avenue South (at Washington), Minneapolis.

Alternative Distribution: It’s High Time!
10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
There are an estimated 500 to 1,000 feature films released worldwide each year. About 100 of those make their debut on cable and satellite specialty channels, and several dozen other titles appear on the direct-to-video shelves of your local movie rental outlet. What happens to the rest of them? Although digital technology has evolved to a point where production is both affordable and high quality, what guarantees are there you’ll land a distribution deal and make any money? James Bolton (The Graffiti Artist) presents his new vision for assisting indie filmmakers in getting their work out and taking advantage of alternative revenue streams. Minneapolis filmmaker Mark Wojahn also discusses his distribution plan for his current film What America Needs: From Sea to Shining Sea, which City Pages voted this year’s “Best Film of the Twin Cities.”

Music & Film Series – Presented in Partnership with Springboard for the Arts

Film Music Composition: The Creative Process
11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Some of the region’s most talented musician/songwriters who compose for film—including Sundance Institute Composers Lab fellow Gary Louris of the Jayhawks, Chan Poling (Bill’s Gun Shop) and Christopher Cunningham (Holy Land)—show examples of their work and discuss effective film scoring, the choices made to use music, and the director/composer relationship.

Film Music Licensing: It’s the Law!
1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
When do you need to get a music license for film? What kind of license(s) do you need? What is a synchronization license and how is it different that a master recording license? How do you get a license and how long does it take? Unless you have a substantial production budget that allows for megabucks to be spent on licensing of copyrighted music for your film, you’ll probably need to provide your own original music. But if your project absolutely requires two minutes of “The Girl From Ipanema,” entertainment law attorney Dan Satorius will tell you all you need to know about securing the rights to it!

Note: one admission fee entitles you to attend both Music and Film Series seminars.

Socio-Political Documentaries: Storytelling in a Climate of Fear
2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
What are the risks and rewards documentary filmmakers face telling their stories in the post 9/11 environment of distorted, fear-based news media; where civil liberties are threatened and speaking out can be viewed as unpatriotic? And are their films reaching their target audiences? CSFF documentary filmmakers Jim Fields (416); Tommy Davis (Mojados – Through the Night); Matt Ehling (Security and the Constitution); Marjan Safinia (Seeds); Teresa Konechne (This Black Soil); and Lu Lippold, Dan Luke and Laurie Stern (Wellstone!) discuss their connection to their films’ subjects and the role of the documentary filmmaker in today’s political climate.

SEA Meets MSP: How Filmmaking Practices in the Evergreen State Can Apply Here
3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
This year’s Central Standard Film Festival includes four feature films made in or near Seattle. Jaime Hook (The Naked Proof); Scott Milam (Big City Dick – Richard Peterson’s First Movie); Matt Wilkins (Buffalo Bill’s Defunct: Stories from the New West); and Laurel Spellman Smith and Francine Strickwerda (Busting Out) discuss the production methods and resources—from location scouting to filming to postproduction—that have proven efficient and cost-effective in the Pacific Northwest and can be applied to Midwest production.

Central Standard Film Festival’s sponsor, IFP Minneapolis/St. Paul, is the only IFP chapter incorporating a photography program.  In celebration, CSFF presents two photography programs.

STILL FILM, a display of production and film stills from several of the films presented at the Festival. These photographs will be on exhibit in the lobby of St. Anthony Main Cinemas at 115 Main SE Street in Minneapolis during the Festival’s run.

STILL PHOTOGRAPHY, a collection of fine arts photographs by members of IFP MSP.  This digital program may be viewed in the CSFF Lounge at the Aster Cafe nearby CSFF’s main theatrical venue in the St. Anthony Main complex (see above address).

Photo: Stockholm From Below by IFP MSP member, Stefan Peterso

Cine-Magic & Milkhouse productions host the FFF

This one-of-a-kind event compiles footage from videos that were found at garage sales, estate sales, in warehouses and dumpsters throughout the country. The Found Footage Festival collects a number of obscure and all-but-forgotten treasures of outsider (or inadvertent) art. From the curiously produced industrial training video, to the forsaken home video taken by your neighbors the FFF champions them all in a fond homage. A Film Threat reviewer recently described the fest, stating "This is the true underground cinema - If you want to see something truly different and disturbing, the Found Footage Festival has what you’re looking for en masse".

Filmmakers Lounge (adjacent to Pracna restaurant - St. Anthony Main) 7:30 PM Fri., Oct. 15th
TRT: 90 minutes