It has been delayed by five months, but a home version of the Fargo Film Festival will roll out this week.
Organizers announced 44 films slated for the FFF, originally scheduled for mid-March, would be available to stream as part of a virtual festival, running Wednesday through Sunday. The films are bundled together, ranging from $15 for each of the six short film packages to $15 for each of the three feature-length films. The All Movie Pass covers all 44 films for $80. Interviews with filmmakers and behind-the-scenes looks at productions are also included in the programs.
After canceling the in-person festival, The Fargo Theatre closed its doors March 18 to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak and remains closed, but plans to reopen when safe.
The Fargo Theatre’s Executive Director, Emily Beck, and Development and Engagement Manager, Sean Volk, picked a few of the highlights they are looking forward to seeing.
“Likely to be an audience favorite. The night before his wedding, a groom thinks he is privately sharing some cold feet angst on social media, but it goes viral. He must then face the wrath of his bride and her entourage,” Beck says.”If you’re a newly engaged person, such as myself, this might feel more like a horror film than a comedy.
Shorts program 1, light-hearted selections
“Mind My Mind”
“A beautifully animated short film about a young man on the autism spectrum navigating a new romantic relationship. It's a frank and heartwarming look at finding love,” Volk says. “Because it is animated, the film is able to take audiences inside the head of the main character to see how he processes information and understands the world."
Shorts program 3, animated choices
“An utterly unique experiment, this feature-length comedy was made with a two-person crew,” Beck explains. “Hannah Leder and Alexandra Kotcheff wrote, directed, starred in, and provided almost all of the production duties in this quirky story of an unlikely friendship between a reclusive telemarketer and a homeless woman with multiple personalities. It is delightfully offbeat, a must-see for fans of films like ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ or ‘Ghost World.’”
“A powerful documentary short about Dr. Richard Antoine White, the principal tubist of the New Mexico Philharmonic,” Volk says. “Dr. White’s story is so inspiring. He experienced homelessness when he was growing up and now he is one of the most accomplished tuba players in the United States.”
Shorts program 2, documentaries
“The Neighbors’ Window”
"As the 2020 Academy Award winner for Best Live Action Short and the FFF 2020 recipient of Best in Show: Best Picture, this is the crown jewel of our festival. I believe it is one of the most moving, relevant, and perfectly-crafted films we’ve shown in the festival’s 20-year history,” Beck says. “Humorous and heartbreaking, it follows a middle-aged couple who are stuck in the doldrums of daily life. When two free-spirited, passionate 20-somethings move in across the street, the couple becomes enthralled with lives that seem so much more exciting than their own. But of course, nothing is ever as it seems. In a time when we’re all yearning for connection, this film gets to the heart of what makes us human.”
Shorts program 4, dramas
“A family in Tunisia is reunited with their estranged son when he returns home from Syria in this Academy Award-nominated short film,” Volk says. “This is a tense and devastating film about a family in crisis. The story is so layered and intense that by the end I felt like I was holding my breath. It’s a masterful piece of filmmaking.
Shorts program 5, dramas