It’s that time of year again, where filmmakers and moviegoers flock to the Fargo Theatre to rejoice in moving pictures. The theatre was finished being built on March 15th, 1926, making opening night of the festival its 90th birthday! The Fargo Theatre is an historic, art deco, movie theatre and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Fargo Film Festival (FFF) has been taking place there since it started in 2001.
The FFF is something filmmakers of the area strive for, and quite a few students get their start showing their student projects at the festival. The High Plains Reader recently said, “the student category is by no means a lesser category. ‘Many of [the films] would stand up against professional filmmakers’ said Karen Olson, student films jury chair.” As an MSUM alum, I know firsthand that the FFF was always something to work for. It’s like showing your stuff to the people who helped you meet your goals; home court advantage. Local Fargo filmmaker Kayla Duffney has been accepted into the festival with her film, Identity, a music video about the female identity shown through ballet and contemporary dance. When asked how it felt to be accepted into the festival, she said “I think it’s nice to be able to be recognized in your community, so I suppose you could say honored, but I would say I feel more appreciated to be a part of the film community and to be accepted into this festival.”
This year’s’ lineup of films offer a lot to look forward to. Welcome to Leith, the story of white supremacist Craig Cobb as he tries to take over a small town in North Dakota, is by far one of the films I am most excited to see. Supermoto, also filmed in North Dakota (Fargo to be exact) is the coming of age story about young women becoming the hero of her story with the help of a supermoto motorcycle. Actors and crew from the film (Supermoto) are MSUM alum, or currently in school, which is really awesome to see. Another one of my favorite parts of the festival is the 2 Minute Movie Contest is the showing of films that can only 2 minutes or less. These movies can include animation, narratives, horror stories, and documentaries.
Whether you’re interested in documentaries, animated shorts, or emotional, heart wrenching narratives, the Fargo Film Festival has something to offer you. It starts Tuesday March 15th, and goes until Saturday, March 19th. Get out and support local films!
Welcome to Leith: Friday, March 18th at 7:00 PM
Supermoto: Saturday, March 19th at 3:15 PM
2 Minute Film Festival: Friday, March 18th at 9:45 PM