This year the Twin Cities Film Fest is showcasing eight feature films and over 20 short films with Minnesota connections, most of which were shot here in MN and will have cast/crew in attendance during their screenings. On this panel we're featuring three directors with films playing during the 9 day fest. Chars Bonin and Mark Wojahn, both MN residents, will be premiering their respective feature (FINDING HOME) and short (GETTING LOST IN MY OWN ART) films. Included on the panel with them is former MN resident Tim VandeSteeg, who will be here with the new film he produced, THE EYES OF THAILAND. Jane Minton, a local independent film devotee and the former Executive Director at IFP Minnesota, will moderate.
Chars Bonin (writer/director - FINDING HOME) Chars' low-budget film FINDING HOME was shot in 10 days with a small cast and crew at the remote Camp Olympia in northern Wisconsin during September 2010. The film will be premiering at the festival on Monday October 15th at 7pm. You can learn more about Chars and the film by watching the TCFF promo video here.
Tim VandeSteeg (producer - THE EYES OF THAILAND) is a multi-award-winning Director, Producer and Filmmaker. He is also the founder and CEO of Indiewood Pictures, an independent film and documentary development and production company. Over the past decade and a half, Tim's development, production and business experiences have included: narrative and documentary films, promotional television shows, interstitials, promos, commercials and behind-the-scenes. Prior to working on EYES OF THAILAND, Tim directed and produced the 10-time award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary MY RUN, narrated by Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton. On March 31, 2011 MY RUN screened in 535 movie theaters nationwide as a one night only Fathom Event in 140 of the top U.S. markets and received over 200 million impressions. www.eyesofthailand.com/
Mark Wojahn (GETTING LOST IN MY OWN ART - director)
Mark Wojahn is a filmmaker, an art dept lead and a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has been active in the Twin Cities film and art scene since the early 1990's. Mark Wojahn's artwork has been shown in the Midwest in galleries and is in many private collections. His films have toured several times across the U.S.A. and have been exhibited as far as Holland and the Czech Republic. Mark's commercial art dept. work has brought him work all over the Midwest and to California.
As former director of IFP Minnesota, Jane oversaw all management and program activities of the organization. Jane has been in arts administration for over 20 years and has a B.A. in Speech/Communications from the University of Minnesota. She has served on numerous panels for foundations, film festivals and markets including the Rockefeller Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, National Endowment for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, IFP Market in New York, SXSW and Sundance. In 2002 she was elected President of the National Board for IFP. She has been responsible for numerous innovative programs at IFP MN throughout the years and is known for her expertise on issues affecting independent filmmakers and nonprofit administration.
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