Emergency responders at the scene of the 1-35W bridge collapse. /Brian Peterson
The online-only version of the annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival is heading into its final weekend on a high.
Dubbed "MSPIFF 39, Redefined," the 39-year-old festival is in the black and has sold out several of its 50 or so features. (Initially, there was a limit of 250 tickets per title, but distributors have allowed the fest to add "screenings" of sold-out films, so tickets should be available to nearly all titles).
One of the festival's most-watched movies, "Bridge," will be part of an interactive event Friday, May 22 at 7 p.m. Director Spencer Patzman will answer questions in a q-and-a on Zoom. The documentary checks in with survivors and others involved in the I-35W bridge collapse in 2007.
There's also a q-and-a for another documentary with local ties. "Women in Blue" Director Deirdre Fishel will discuss her film, a portrait of three female police officers in Minneapolis, at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 23. (The "special presentation" only can be viewed from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. Most titles can be streamed at any time during the festival.) That's the fest's closing night, which means it's also the last chance to stream "Stories I Didn't Know," "Arab Blues," "I Am Not Alone" and other popular titles.
For the full schedule, visit mspfilm.org/festivals/mspiff/.