News Archive

FilmNorth Member Ken Rance’s THRILLER Gets Netflix Release

April 19th, 2019

Minnesota WGA screenwriter/FilmNorth member Ken Rance’s movie Thriller, co-written with director Dallas Jackson, has received distribution by Netflix.

The movie was initially sold to Fox 2000 back in 1998 and given the green light for production in Baltimore, MD with a $11.5M budget. Usher and R&B singer Aaliyah were considered for the lead roles. Then the Columbine shootings occurred, and many movie projects depicting any form of school violence were tabled by studio execs, following a congressional hearing on the subject. For 19 years the Thriller script bounced around Hollywood until Dallas Jackson got Divide/Conquer—a subsidiary of Blumhouse Productions (Us, Get Out, The Purge, Whiplash, BlacKkKlansman)—on board. Continue reading »

FilmNorth Student’s First Film Accepted to MSPIFF

April 9th, 2019

FilmNorth student Pete O’Keefe’s first film TO MY SON @ 21 was accepted to the 2019 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. The short-form memoir film, in which Pete gathers old photographs and reflects on his son’s 21-year journey into adulthood, was made through FilmNorth’s very first Stories 55 program class, Creating a Short Video Memoir, taught by Pam Colby last spring. Congratulations, Pete! More info here.

Youth Summer Camps Open for Registration

February 6th, 2019

FilmNorth is offering 15 camps for youth ages 10-18, plus our expanded 3-week FilmNorth Academy for more experienced filmmakers ages 17-24. Whether you’re into screenwriting, narrative filmmaking, music video, animation, or photography, there’s a camp for you! Full schedule here.

2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards Screenings

The Film Independent Spirit Awards celebrate the achievements of today’s most compelling filmmakers. For this exclusive program, members of the Walker, Film Independent, and FilmNorth have the chance to see 20 of the year’s finest indie films—nominees for Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best Documentary, and the John Cassavetes Award—at no charge. Information, schedule, and RSVP here.

Eighth Grade, 2018. (Photo courtesy A24 Films)

2018 FilmNorth Gala Honorees

December 14th, 2018

Two industry icons were honored at FilmNorth’s annual Gala on November 15: Oscar® nominated writer/director Debra Granik, whose masterfully crafted films touch and inspire cinema lovers around the globe, and local favorite Al Milgrom, who has changed the cultural landscape of the Twin Cities through his lifetime of film programming and advocacy. The following day Ms. Granik’s film LEAVE NO TRACE was nominated for 4 Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and in early December she was named Best Director by the L.A. Film Critics Association. The FilmNorth Gala was hosted by Twin Cities media legend Robyne Robinson.