Minnesota writer/director Christopher R. Mihm’s, “Guns of the Apocalypse,” a tongue-in-cheek homage to early ’60s Italian Westerns, premieres Wednesday, Sept. 26, 7:30 pm; doors open at 6:30 pm, at The Heights Theater, 3951 Central Ave. NE, Columbia Heights. Billed as a “post-apocalyptic spaghetti midwestern,” this will be Mihm’s 14th feature film. Mihm, the Twin Cities’ most prolific feature filmmaker, specializes in producing loving homages to the classic black and white horror and science fiction films of the ’50s and ’60s.
The night will feature classic era-appropriate newsreels, previews of coming attractions, a silent auction of film memorabilia, and a raffle of valuable prizes. Tickets are $10, available in advance at sainteuphoria.com/merch. A very limited number of tickets will be available at the door.
The Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul and the Capri Theater present a stellar 2018-19 season of First Thursday Films @ the Capri, in a new partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS). While the Capri is closed for expansion and renovation, screenings will take place at North Community High School, 1500 Irving Ave. North in Minneapolis.
The first film of the 2018-19 season is “In the Heat of the Night,” starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger, at 7 pm Thursday, Sept. 6. The film, first released in 1968, about an African American police detective who is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town, won five Oscars including Best Picture. Each First Thursday Films screening is followed by a passionate discussion of the movie. The discussion leader for “In the Heat of the Night” is to be named. Tickets to First Thursday Films are $5 and can be purchased in advance at mspfilm.org or at the door the night of the show.
Sept. 6: In the Heat of the Night. Narrative. Speaker: TBA.
Oct. 4: Through The Banks of The Red Cedar. Documentary. Speaker: Maya Washington, director.
Nov. 1: Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Story. Documentary. Speaker: John Whitehead, director.
Dec. 6: Detroit. Narrative. Speaker: TBA.
Jan. 3: Crime and Punishment. Documentary. Speaker: TBA.
Feb. 7: Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami. Documentary. Speaker: TBA.
March 7: Black Panther. Narrative. Speaker: D.A. Bullock.
April 4: 2019 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. Film Selection/Speaker: TBA.
Note: The Capri Theater closes for construction this fall. The new Capri will offer exceptional programs and spaces including a newly renovated theater, a new Great Hall with seating for over 100, a Best Buy Teen Tech Center, community spaces and much more when it reopens in the fall of 2019. For more information on the Capri’s expansion and renovation contact James Scott, Director of the Capri, 612-643-2024 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, June 2 in the merchants’ parking lot south of 29th Ave. and Johnson St. NE, local artisans will set up for the shopping experience known as Johnstock. But the fun starts before that. Friday, June 1 as dusk falls, the movie Toy Story will be shown in the merchants’ lot. (No parking after 5 pm.) Movie starts at about 8:30 pm. Bring chairs and blankets. Enjoy the Pillsbury School Carnival at Windom Park, 5-8 pm, then head on over for the movie.
Saturday morning, June 2, 8:45 am, kids and their adults can gather at the Gustavus Adolphus Church parking lot next to the church to decorate their bikes, scooters, wagons and themselves for the Kiddie Parade that will step off around 9:30 am to take the two-block walk to the merchants’ lot.
“Woody from Toy Story” will entertain the kids starting at 10 am Saturday, June 2. After the kids’ show, there will be a live music lineup arranged by the curator of The Coffee Shop NE’s recent Open Mic nights. It’s a backdrop in the parking lot for more than 30 craft artists, Northeaster newspaper selfie station (bring your phones and cameras), chair massage and more. Souvenir T-shirts will be sold.
The Johnstock craft fair with music in the parking lot runs from 10 am to 4 pm. In the event of rain Friday, June 1, the movie would be cancelled; the decision would be posted on the Johnson Street Merchants Facebook page at 6 pm that night. Events on Saturday, June 2nd will be held rain or shine.
Casket Cinema gets literary with their next film, “Robert Bly: A Thousand Years of Joy.” “This thoughtful and lovely documentary is a biopic of one of Minnesota’s most loved poets. It was a crowd pleaser at the Minneapolis International Film Festival. The video covers a lot of ground to show the life of Bly, from a young man breaking out as an activist poet in the 1960’s, to his days as a well known translator, to his time galvanizing the men’s movement of the 80’s and 90’s. Special guests for this Casket will be Minnesota producer of the film, Dominic Howes and the artist Dougie Padilla, who knew Bly well in the men’s movement. They will talk with Casket Cinema Co-founder Mark Wojahn after the film.” More information on this film is available at robertblyfilm.com.
The screening will take place Thursday, Dec. 1, doors at 7:30 p.m. and film at 8 p.m., at the Casket Cinema, located in the art studio of Mark Wojahn, in the Casket Arts Building, 681 17th Ave. NE #145, in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. For more information call 612-781-5223. Donation of $5-$10 will go to pay the filmmaker. Bring friends and BYOB. Admission is usually by donation unless noted. Rsvp at www.facebook.com/