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Duluth Superior Film Festival schedule

May 23, 2013

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May 23--Wednesday

Clyde Iron Works

7 p.m.: "The Last Gladiators" -- Director Alex Gibney looks at the NHL enforcers, especially the career of Chris "Knuckles" Nilan.

9 p.m.: Opening reception with music by The Crunchy Bunch

May 30

Zinema 2

6:30 p.m.: "Venus of Mars" -- Transgender Minneapolis glam rocker Venus de Mars and her wife negotiate the frontiers of love and gender. Venus de Mars and Lynette Reini-Grandell will be at the screening.

8:30 p.m.: "Off Label" -- This movie looks at the medication in America through the lives of eight people haunted by the commercialization of medicine and personal identity.

Teatro Zuccone

7 p.m.: "Wild Bill's Run" -- This documentary by local filmmaker Mike Scholtz considers the life of adventure and crime of Wild Bill Cooper, a man who attempted a trans-world snowmobile expedition and, after that failed, went on to a life of crime. It includes old footage by members of the crew of men who tried to travel with Cooper from Minnesota to Moscow. Director Mike Scholtz will be at the screening.

May 31

Zinema 2

5:20 p.m.: "Memorial Day" -- Sgt. Kyle Vogel leaves a handwritten note in his car, grabs a gun and heads into the Minnesota forest. Flash back to Vogel's life. Director Samuel Fischer will be at the screening.

7 p.m.: "Meeting Charlie Parr" -- Duluth-based folk singer Charlie Parr is highlighted in this documentary about his 15-year career. Director Francois Xavier Dubois will be at the screening.

8:30 p.m.: "Hide Your Smiling Faces" -- This film depicts the lives of brothers as they come of age after experiencing a friend's death.

Sons of Norway

6:45 p.m.: "Headhunters" -- This is the story of a headhunter and charming scoundrel who steals expensive art.

8:30 p.m.: DSFF Regional Shorts

June 1

Zinema 2

4:45 p.m.: "Girl Meets Bike" -- A high school shop teacher buys a motorcycle with her wedding dress money and shifts from her controlling fiance to a new group of friends. Director Eric Tretbar and actor Ruth Menard will be at the screening.

7 p.m.: Crispin Hellion Glover's Big Slide Show followed by film "It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE." -- Steven C. Stewart stars in a semi-autobiographical, psycho-sexual tale about a man with cerebral palsy and a fetish for girls with long hair. This event includes Glover performing a one-hour dramatic narration of eight illustrated books. Tickets are $20. The show is not included as part of the $30 all-access pass.

10 p.m.: "Empty Hollow Echo" -- Sean wakes up in the night and locks himself out of his apartment. No one is on the streets, none of his friends answer their doors and no one in his building is available. Director Adam Sekuler and actor Sean Ryan will be at the screening.

Sons of Norway

6:45 p.m.: "Flimmer" -- A retro-tinged workplace comedy about life at Unicom. This has drawn comparisons to "Office Space" and movies by the Coen brothers.

8:30 p.m.: "Waltz," directed by local filmmaker Johnathon Olsen -- This is the story of a relationship as seen in moments.

Teatro Zuccone

6:15 p.m.: "Fifty Lakes One Island" -- Chicago filmmaker George Desort spent 80 nights on Isle Royale, a wilderness island on Lake Superior, and brought only what he could fit in a kayak. Desort will be at the screening.

7:15 p.m.: "Northern Light" -- This is stories of recession set against the backdrop of a town's annual snowmobile race. Producer Lisa Kjerulff will be at the screening.

8 p.m.: "The Price of Sand" -- This documentary starts when Jim Tittle heard about plans to put an open-pit silica mine in his mother's rural Minnesota neighborhood. After asking a few questions, he ended up in Wisconsin, where he encountered the "frac sand gold rush."

June 2

Zinema 2

3 p.m.: Reel Youth Film Fest Shorts, free

5 p.m.: "The New Land" -- This Swedish movie chronicles the struggles of immigrants settling in the New World.

7 p.m.: "In Winter" -- This work-in-progress screening shows footage from a movie that was filmed in Duluth and Cloquet this past winter.

The Underground

5:30 p.m.: "Iron Will" -- This movie is about Will Stoneman, who, improbably, set off on a 522-mile sled-dog race. This is a special reunion screening for members of the film crew.

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