Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival / Alumni Films Featured

The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival runs April 12–May 3 and will show more than 300 narrative, documentary, and short films to an expected total audience of more than 45,000 people.

In its third decade, the festival is the largest, most anticipated film event in the Upper Midwest.

Films by MCAD Alumni

Feature Films


Friday, April 13, 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Joe Dressel ’07

Renegade guidance counselor Tony Hope has declared war upon illicit drug use by the student body at Andrew Jackson High, often resorting to extreme methods to enforce his one-man prohibition. When a rising young drug dealer Vincent de Chapelle begins slanging a potent new strain of marijuana in the hallways of the suburban secondary school, Hope is faced with a question: How far must one go to send a permanent message to evil doers? A dark comedy in the vein of Dazed and Confused and Taxi Driver.

Journey to the Fallen Skies

Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Mong Vang ’07 and Bryan Vue

A story of a Hmong-American man who, after being diagnosed with a terminal illness, returns to Laos to pay tribute to his late father, whom he never knew. There he struggles to make sense of the mysterious encounters with a dark figure, who follows his every move. This is a powerful and emotional film about what it means to be human and to confront death. The revelatory and moving ending leaves the audience in tears.


Marvin Seth and Stanley

Friday, April 27, 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Stephen Gurewitz ’06
Produced by Britni West ’08

A serious comedy of failure, deceit, and stilted emotions, Marvin Seth and Stanley is an authentically American character study of a family that can’t stand to admit they need one another. Prompted by their estranged father, Marvin, Stanley, an insecure aspiring actor, and Seth, an overbearing L.A. careerist, return home for a weekend camping trip in Northern Minnesota. Lulled through the endless car ride by Marvin’s jazz cassette collection, the weekend getaway begins to unravel as a history of harbored and carefully nurtured grudges are exposed. Marvin’s ineptitude as a father figure coupled with Seth’s impending divorce begins to put even more pressure on the dynamic as their trip, aimed at reconciliation, swerves unexpectedly into a deluge of daytime drinking, bickering over motel continental breakfasts, and polka dancing at the American Legion.


Short Films


Monday, April 16, 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Ethan Holbrook ’11

Chris, a reformed pill popper with manic tendencies, becomes obsessed with the idea of running his own bible study. Observed by his stoner roommate, Chris’s life spirals out of control as his plans become more outsized and obsessive.

Farming in a Lilac Shirt

Monday, April 16, 7:00 p.m.
Directed by S. Catrin Magnusson, MFA

An aging farmer has lost his sense of self. With the arrival of a lilac shirt, he begins to connect to the beauty of the everyday experience and find peace within himself.

Great Lakes Surfer

Tuesday, April 17, 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Brandon Boulay ’10

An introspective look at Great Lakes surfing culture and what possesses these athletes and enthusiasts to dive into the icy waters of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan.

Juiced and Jazzed

Monday, April 16, 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Justin Weber ’08

In prohibition era 1920s, a stuffy young woman named Lulu stumbles upon a flask. Against her best judgment, she takes a swig out of curiosity, transforming her into a wild flapper.

Little Wolf

Thursday, April 26, 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Christopher Peck ’11
Written by Ethan Holbrook ’11

While trying to escape from two deadly hillbillies, Lowell and baby Samantha seek refuge in the most unusual place, ultimately being pinned against humanity, empathy, and faith.

The Well

Thursday, April 26, 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Christopher Jopp ’10
Written by Ethan Holbrook ’11

A detached young outsider has trouble interacting with anybody, instead preferring to simply observe. When he follows his fellow classmate into the woods, he discovers a secret of hers involving an old well, and he decides to investigate further.


Music Videos

I Got You on Tape

Tuesday, May 1, 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Maria Juranic ’05

Laying and Lying

Tuesday, May 1, 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Kevin Russell ’08

Lonely Child

Tuesday, May 1, 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Timmer O’Phelan ’10

My Simple …

Tuesday, May 1, 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Maria Juranic ’05

So Alive

Tuesday, May 1, 7:00 p.m.
Directed by Maria Juranic ’05


Workshops and Panel Discussions

Conversation with Minnesota Feature Directors

April 29 Panelists include:

Joe Dressel ’07, Hope
Stephen Gurewitz ’06, Marvin Seth and Stanley
Susan Marks, Of Dolls and Murder
Mong Vang ’07 and Bryan Vue, Journey to the Fallen Skies

Hands-on animation station!

Saturday, April 21, 10:30 a.m.
Minneapolis Central Library

Make your own stop-motion animation with Katie Maren ’06,
then enjoy a selection of international short films for ages 3+.