Opening night came and went as we now prepare for day 2 of the 2012 Twin Cities Film Fest. I was in attendance last night as they screened Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush‘s documentary A Place at the Table. I’d liked to note that I rarely even watch documentaries in theaters, because I’m just not a fan of the genre, but when I heard that a film tackling first-world hunger was going to be opening the fest, I knew I had to check it out.
The film has names like Jeff Bridges and Tom Colicchio (co-director Lori Silverbush‘s husband) attached to draw in the crowds, but it’s the actual eye-opening reveal of the issues at hand that keeps you glued to the screen. I can’t dive into a review because of the embargo (and because I didn’t get to see the entire film), but I can say that it had me wanting more.
Unfortunately the fest had some malfunctions with the digital projector (long live film projection!) and the film abruptly stopped around the halfway point. It’s worth noting that almost the entire crowd sat in the dark as they scrambled to get things up and running. I’m saying this because usually people get up and leave at the first sign of trouble, but not for this one. People wanted to see the rest of the film and were willing to wait it out as long as possible. It’s that engaging.
Things switched gears as co-director Lori Silverbush took the stage and led a Q and A session that helped us learn a bit more background on the project and about Silverbush as a filmmaker and a person. She’s clearly a passionate individual and I think it’s great that she was able to lead such an informative Q and A session, despite everyone not being able to see the film in its entirety.
Last I heard the good folks running the show were going to try and slot her film for another time during the fest, so I’ll make sure to update you on that as I find out more.
I’d say overall I had a blast at the opening night show. I went there not knowing what to expect, because I’ve never actually attended the Twin Cities Film Fest and I walked out excited for more. It kind of sucked not being able to see the entire opening night film, but it mostly made me eager to go out and do some research on the matter. Make sure to visit Take Part‘s website to learn more about hunger and how we can stop it!
Also, make sure to come back and check out day 2 of the 2012 Twin Cities Film Fest. Here’s a list of films playing:
Call Me Kuchu (10:25am)
The Sapphires (12:30pm)
The Iran Job (3:00pm)
The Eyes of Thailand (5:30pm)
It’s A Disaster (7:15pm)
I’ll be attending The Sapphires and Bro’!
Here’s a few links regarding the opening night film, in case you’d like to know more about it:
Check out a trailer for the film below (previously titled Finding North):