Just as Minneapolis battles the migration of its population to the suburbs, the film industry is waging a war against the increasing inclination of Americans to sit at home on their couches to watch movies. The two crusades intersect in the 23rd annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival through Saturday, April 16 at Block E's Crown Theater, 600 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minnesota Film Arts Executive Director Jamie Hook said his group turned down offers to screen movies in the suburbs.
"[The festival] is a civic benefit of living in the Twin Cities," he said. "People asked us, 'Do you want to be in Edina? We'll give you a screen in Edina.' We actually said no because it's really important to us that we make this a benefit of being a city dweller of Minneapolis and St. Paul. If you're going to drive in from the suburbs, we welcome you, but we want all of screens to be in the Twin Cities' limits."
Crown Theater will present days full of out-of-the-mainstream films, part of the fest's 163 offerings.
Tickets range from $9 for an adult general admission ($7 for seniors; $6 for Minnesota Film Arts members), to a festival-wide, every-film-and-every-event platinum pass for $180 ($150 for MFA members).
Call 331-3134 or 331-7563 for more information, or visit www.mnfilmarts.org.