Journalist David Carr was back in the Twin Cities in conjunction with the documentary “Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times.” Other opening-night films included “The Troll Hunter” and “Score,” a hockey movie from Canada.
The opening night triple feature of Scandinavian horror (Norway's giant- beast extravaganza "The Troll Hunter"), substantive social-issues documentary ("Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times"), and an all-singing-all-skating hockey musical (Canada's "Score") offered options for every taste.
Fest officials and a few filmmakers gathered to greet opening-night guests at a reception and post-movie tent party on a chilly Mississippi riverfront. Among them were "Page One" director Andrew Rossi, and David Carr, the New York Times media columnist (and one-time Twin Cities journalist) who is at the center of the newspaper documentary.
"We're excited to broaden our view of the world and see viewpoints we have not encountered before," said Steve Smith, an emergency room physician at Hennepin County Medical Center.
"I'm most interested in seeing films about places I've never been and never will be," added Smith's wife, Deborah Zvosec.
The festival runs through May 5. For further information, call the festival offices at 612-331-7563.
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