The 2017 Frozen Film Festival kicks off today and runs through this Saturday night in downtown Saint Paul. Frozen Film Festival plays host to both feature length and short length features in the categories of drama, comedy, and documentary. In addition, short films by students are also presented at the event. The festival kicks off tonight with a party at Sakura in downtown Saint Paul. The main venues for the event are F.K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium at 75 W. 5th St. and TPT Street Space at 172 East Fourth Street. Tickets for the event are available on the website, along with a full schedule of films showing each day. If you’re interested, VIP passes are also still available for sale. Continue reading →
On September 20, 1956, director William Wyler‘s Friendly Persuasion was released in theaters in the United States. Based on the book by Jessamyn West, the story revolves around a Quaker family in 1862, whose faith and belief in non-violence is tested when Confederate troops come sweeping through their land and the family must decide whether to fight or to remain complacent. The film was written by screenwriter Michael Wilson (A Place in the Sun, Planet of the Apes), and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenwriting. It wasn’t until 2002, however, that Wilson would receive legitimate recognition for his work on the film. Continue reading →
Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke, who achieved stardom as a child actress for starring as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (1962), has passed away at the age of 69. Duke was featured on her own television show, The Patty Duke Show, from 1963-1966 and went on to be a star of television shows and movies, as well as a number of big screen productions. Duke struggled, not only with drugs throughout her career, but also with inherent mental illnesses. She eventually overcame her demons and became a mental health advocate and president of the Screen Actors Guild. Her talents and contributions to film and mental health will be missed.
RoomAlive is a brand new interactive gaming system that allows you to transform your living room into a video game. By installing the interactive projectors, they will automatically map out your living room allowing for the unique experience to work. When gaming, you can shoot, touch walls, dodge and even control a character with the system. While we are still a long shot from having these in our homes, this is one cool concept that could very much be real in the near future.
At first glance you might not think this camera, is actually a phone. Panasonic’s newly released point and shoot camera features powerful specs as both a phone and camera. Why exactly are we featuring this clunky phone/slimmed down digital camera? Well, lets just let the stats do the talking.
2.3Ghz Snapdragon 800 processor
4.7-inch 1080p screen
2GB of RAM
Gigantic 1-inch sensor is a full 20 megapixels!!!
Leica F/2.8 28mm lens
DSLR-style manual controls for exposure, aperture, and ISO compliment
4K video shooting.
Last thing, this device will be priced at just over $1000
Errol Flynn was an adventure actor in Hollywood’s silver-screen era, starring in action films from the early 1930s until his death in 1959. Flynn had developed a reputation in Hollywood for his flirtatious lifestyle and reputation as an action hero in movies like The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Murder at Monte Carlo (1935), and Edge of Darkness (1941) and had worked with some of Hollywoods greatest talents of the time, like director Michael Curtiz and actress Olivia de Havilland. But perhaps what the actor is most famous for in modern times was his elicit affair with a young Hollywood starlet in the latter years of his life. The new biopic from directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, The Last of Robin Hood, follows the story of Flynn’s affair with Beverly Aadland, an up-and-coming actress in Hollywood in the 1950s. Flynn, who was an aging talent and active drunk by the time of his death, kept the affair fairly low key with the help of Aadland’s mother, who actually encouraged the affair, until it finally came into public awareness just before his death. The actor suffered a heart attack while in Canada in October, 1959, but it was also revealed that he had been suffering from heart disease, spinal osteoarthritis, and cirrhosis of the liver from years of alcohol dependency. The Last of Robin Hood features Academy Award winners Kevin Kline as Flynn and Susan Surandon as Florence Aadland, and Dakota Fanning as young starlet Beverly Aadland, and is expected to be released sometime in the fall of this year.