Cinema

‘Freeland’ Screening in Virtual 2021 Fargo Film Festival

March 15th, 2021

by Greg Carlson

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An engrossing portrait that takes viewers deep into the world of marijuana farming in Northern California’s Humboldt County, “Freeland'' rumbles along on the strength of a lovely central performance by Krisha Fairchild as Devi, a one-time hippie and last-woman-standing from the idealistic commune of the title. Fairchild, who played the fictionalized character who shares her name in nephew Trey Edward Shults’s debut feature “Krisha,” has…

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Tom Brandau (1960-2021)

March 8th, 2021

Tom Brandau (1960-2021)

By Greg Carlson

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When I first made his acquaintance, I didn’t think I liked Tom Brandau.

And I was certain the feeling was mutual.

Following the unexpected death of Minnesota State University Moorhead film studies professor Ted Larson -- a mentor to me and to Rusty Casselton and to many others -- Rusty left Concordia to direct the film program at MSUM and I moved from MSUM into Rusty’s spot at Concordia.

Tom arrived a few years later to…

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Collecting Movies with Dava Whisenant

March 1st, 2021

By Greg Carlson

gregcarlson1@gmail.com

19 February 2021

Photo courtesy Mari Mur.

Dava Whisenant received the Best New Documentary Director Award at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival for her feature debut “Bathtubs Over Broadway,” which opened the 2019 Fargo Film Festival. Whisenant continues to collaborate with Steve Young, and their short comedy “Photo Op” is part of the 2021 Fargo Film Festival, which is being held as a virtual event from March 18 to 28.

Greg Carlson: How did you get…

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Siren Song: Sabrina Doyle’s “Lorelei” Part of Virtual Fargo Film Festival

February 23rd, 2021

By Greg Carlson

gregcarlson1@gmail.com

19 February 2021

Filmmaker Sabrina Doyle’s “Lorelei” aims for hardscrabble, working-class romance. Good onscreen chemistry between Jena Malone and Pablo Schreiber lifts the filmmaker’s debut feature out of traps set by occasionally mundane dialogue and predictable complications. Tonal and stylistic swings trade off between grim realism and dreamy expressionism. Savvy viewers will be able to say they’ve seen most of this world before -- in…

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Stalking Chernobyl: Exploration After Apocalypse

February 16th, 2021

By Greg Carlson

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18 February 2021

Filmmaker and activist Iara Lee’s “Stalking Chernobyl: Exploration After Apocalypse” ventures into the sites and surroundings of the abandoned Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, introducing an assortment of “stalkers” drawn to the growing popularity of this upside-down variant on eco-tourism.

Lee incorporates excellent, pre-disaster archival footage that emphasizes a constructed, utopian, Soviet-era idealism. And she balances…

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Considering Reality: Rodney Ascher’s “A Glitch in the Matrix”

February 11th, 2021

By Greg Carlson 

gregcarlson1@gmail.com

2/5/21


Rodney Ascher’s previous two nonfiction features, “Room 237” and “The Nightmare,” played out like the cinematic equivalent of staying up late with friends to swap scary stories, conspiracy theories, and the kind of half-remembered word-of-mouth urban legends that have only grown more potent in the internet age. The filmmaker’s new movie premiered at Sundance last week and debuts February 5, 2021. “A Glitch in the Matrix”…

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Matie Alberdi’s “The Mole Agent” Goes Undercover

February 11th, 2021

By Greg Carlson 

gregcarlson1@gmail.com

1/26/21

Maite Alberdi’s “The Mole Agent” is currently enjoying some award season love, with late January recognition from the National Board of Review in the Foreign Language Film group and steady buzz as a possible feature…

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Collecting Movies With Tucker Lucas

February 11th, 2021

By Greg Carlson 

gregcarlson1@gmail.com

1/14/21

Tucker Lucas works in media production for H2M in Fargo, North Dakota and is an ensemble member of Theatre B.

Greg Carlson: What is your collecting philosophy?

Tucker Lucas:

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Emerald Fennell and Carey Mulligan Team Up for ‘Promising Young Woman’

January 20th, 2021

By Greg Carlson

gregcarlson1@gmail.com

Talented hyphenate Emerald Fennell, the season two “Killing Eve” showrunner, unleashes one of the most audacious and provocative films of the year with “Promising Young Woman,” the writer-director-producer’s feature debut. A pitch-black commentary on the unrelenting and insidious misogyny that keeps a tight grip on the culture even in the face of head-on confrontation and critique, Fennell’s uproariously funny film showcases a powerhouse…

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Collecting Movies with Alicia Coombs

January 11th, 2021

By Greg Carlson

gregcarlson1@gmail

27 December 2020

Alicia Coombs is an archivist and the head of business affairs for the American Genre Film Archive in Austin, Texas. Outside of watching and collecting movies, she likes to drink coffee, read about cults, and turn down plans so she can hang out with her cats instead.

Greg Carlson: How did you get into movies?

Alicia Coombs: I was raised to love movies. There are a lot of collectors in my family. My uncle, who I am really close to, is a…

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