We are proud to announce the launch of The 2018 Duluth Superior Film Festival. The Duluth Superior Film Festival could not be more pleased to bring this festival of film, music and art to the twin ports for the 9th year! DSFF will take place at various venues around the city including Zinema, Teatro Zuccone, Clyde Iron Works, Blacklist Artisan Ales, and The Comet Theater in Cook, MN.
Much like our previous festivals, of this year’s line-up will focus on regional productions. For 2018 as many as a dozen feature films and all of the short films will have some sort of regional influence. The 2018 DSFF will also draw special focus to hot button issues surrounding the Indigenous and Women’s communities, with woman centered productions and films with a Native influence occupying a special portion of the programming.
Additional announcements of The 2018 Duluth Superior Film Festival are that every single film screening will be FREE OF CHARGE. Simple as that. It is free. Donations will be accepted at multiple points around each of the screening venues and special events.
DSFF will once again strive to bring The Twin Ports a wide array of Local, Regional, National and International Festival film hits, offer musical performances, and showcase artists of all kinds. “DSFF will provide a relaxed and intimate setting for an international group of filmmakers, producers, directors, writers, media, students and film enthusiasts to enjoy the independent film scene,” said Richard Hansen, DSFF’s Festival Director.
Opening Night Presentation
Wednesday, May 30th, 2018
Clyde Iron Works - Doors at 7PM / Film at 8 PM
Diretor Daniel Stine and Lead actress Aurora Perrineau present!
Childhood friends Addison and Lyle are reunited years after a tragedy that robbed them of their mysterious and inspirational little friend Virginia. The three young girls had lived at Larsmont Bluff, the grand, forbidding mansion overlooking Lake Superior, which served as a private home for children from troubled families. Now Moira Phoebus, the surviving owner of Larsmont has died, and she has left instructions to bring back all the girls who had lived there at the time of the tragedy, so they can be present for the reading of her will. Addison, who had feared and hated Moira, refuses to join the others, forcing Lyle to drive to Grand Marais and convince her to come. After an awkward reunion, Addison finally agrees, and the two girls set off on a strangely illuminating, overnight journey where they revisit childhood memories and mystical local legends, and discover the long-forgotten gifts that young Virginia had shared so many years before.
**Post screening reception in the Clyde Iron mezzanine with complimentary appetizers provided by Clyde Iron Works and free beer provided by Lake Superior Brewing.
Centerpiece Film Presentation
Friday, June 1st
7PM at Zinema 2
DAMSEL (MN Premiere)
Writer/Directors: Nathan & David Zellner Cast: Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, David Zellner
Samuel Alabaster, an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American Frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope. As Samuel traverses the Wild West with a drunkard named Parson Henry and a miniature horse called Butterscotch, their once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain and damsel. A loving reinvention of the western genre from the Zellner brothers, DAMSEL showcases their trademark unpredictability, off-kilter sense of humor, and unique brand of humanism.
Closing Night Film Presentation
Sunday, June 3rd
7PM at The Comet Theater in Cook, MN
Deep in the wilderness of rural middle America, 12-year-old Florence is eager to undergo the rite-of-passage of her first deer hunt. A tradition passed down through many generations of women in her family, the act of killing a deer symbolizes the transition into adulthood. As Florence is taught how to shoot a gun and skin a deer, she gains a deeper understanding of life and death. When Florence finds herself alone during a hunt, however, expectations dissolve into chaos as she must rely on her instinct and training to follow through with her decisions, pull herself together, and face becoming an adult.