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Fargo Film Festival rolls out, Fargo Theatre announces endowment

FARGO - The Fargo Film Festival kicked off Tuesday, March 15, marking the Fargo Theatre's 90th birthday with a big gift.Margie Bailly, the theater's past executive director, announced that an endowment had been started for the establishment. Bail...

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Fargo Theatre Executive Director Emily Beck (far left) opens the 2016 Fargo Film Festival with a press conference on Tuesday, March 15. The press conference featured (from left) Aaron Hill of Fargo Brewing Company, and festival organizers Margie Bailly, Matt Olien, Tom Speer and Greg Carlson. John Lamb / The Forum

FARGO - The Fargo Film Festival kicked off Tuesday, March 15, marking the Fargo Theatre’s 90th birthday with a big gift.Margie Bailly, the theater’s past executive director, announced that an endowment had been started for the establishment. Bailly said $44,561.68 had been raised so far, but hoped that number would reach $45,000 by the end of the day.The announcement came at an opening press conference where organizers said the festival could be the biggest yet. Fargo Theatre Executive Director Emily Beck said ticket sales for the fest were already good.The 2015 film festival drew 7,102, while previous festivals drew around 5,000. Similarly the 2015 fest raised over $62,000, compared to 2014 which raised about $25,000.“This festival is richer, broader and deeper than ever before,” Bailly said.The five-day festival includes more than 100 films to be screened, not including about 50 offerings during the 2-Minute Movie Contest on Friday, March 18. “The festival continues to grow every year,” Beck said.Over 300 submissions came in, representing every continent except Antarctica, Beck said. Jack James of Northhampton, England, and Michael Toubassi from Los Angeles, were among the estimated 50 filmmakers scheduled to attend the festival “It’s a really strong festival,” said James, who is showing the dark dramatic feature, “Malady” at 1:30 p.m. Friday.James heard about it from the filmmakers of last year’s hit, “The House on Pine Street.” As he further researched the festival and saw that director John Waters was a special guest in 2015, he was more intrigued.
Toubassi, who directed the short comedy “Team Work” was selective about which festivals to enter.“Fargo came up as one we thought would be worth attending, worth being a part of,” Toubassi said. The workplace satire screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, and 4:10 p.m. Thursday, March 17.Fargo Brewing Co. tapped into the celebrations to announce its limited time run of a new twist on their flagship IPA, Wood Chipper with Blood Orange. Aaron Hill, brewery co-founder, said the new beer was in honor of the 20th anniversary of the movie “Fargo” and would be for sale at select film fest events. Wednesday highlights1:35 p.m. -- Student film selection, “Don’t Touch Me” by Fargo filmmakers Tyler Looysen and Aaron Thuen2 p.m. -- Narrative short honorable mention “Birthday” 7 p.m. -- “Team Work” kicks off a comedy double-header with the feature “The Sabbatical”FARGO - The Fargo Film Festival kicked off Tuesday, March 15, marking the Fargo Theatre’s 90th birthday with a big gift.Margie Bailly, the theater’s past executive director, announced that an endowment had been started for the establishment. Bailly said $44,561.68 had been raised so far, but hoped that number would reach $45,000 by the end of the day.The announcement came at an opening press conference where organizers said the festival could be the biggest yet. Fargo Theatre Executive Director Emily Beck said ticket sales for the fest were already good.The 2015 film festival drew 7,102, while previous festivals drew around 5,000. Similarly the 2015 fest raised over $62,000, compared to 2014 which raised about $25,000.“This festival is richer, broader and deeper than ever before,” Bailly said.The five-day festival includes more than 100 films to be screened, not including about 50 offerings during the 2-Minute Movie Contest on Friday, March 18. “The festival continues to grow every year,” Beck said.Over 300 submissions came in, representing every continent except Antarctica, Beck said. Jack James of Northhampton, England, and Michael Toubassi from Los Angeles, were among the estimated 50 filmmakers scheduled to attend the festival “It’s a really strong festival,” said James, who is showing the dark dramatic feature, “Malady” at 1:30 p.m. Friday.James heard about it from the filmmakers of last year’s hit, “The House on Pine Street.” As he further researched the festival and saw that director John Waters was a special guest in 2015, he was more intrigued.
Toubassi, who directed the short comedy “Team Work” was selective about which festivals to enter.“Fargo came up as one we thought would be worth attending, worth being a part of,” Toubassi said. The workplace satire screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, and 4:10 p.m. Thursday, March 17.Fargo Brewing Co. tapped into the celebrations to announce its limited time run of a new twist on their flagship IPA, Wood Chipper with Blood Orange. Aaron Hill, brewery co-founder, said the new beer was in honor of the 20th anniversary of the movie “Fargo” and would be for sale at select film fest events.Wednesday highlights1:35 p.m. -- Student film selection, “Don’t Touch Me” by Fargo filmmakers Tyler Looysen and Aaron Thuen2 p.m. -- Narrative short honorable mention “Birthday” 7 p.m. -- “Team Work” kicks off a comedy double-header with the feature “The Sabbatical”

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Tan Pierce Jansen and Tara Copeland Eastwick star in "Team Work," shown at the Fargo Film Festival 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16. Special to The Forum

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