Minnesota Film Festival is passionate about programming films from filmmakers that are working in their own communities and outside of major film industry hubs. We are excited about films that are being made with limited budgets, from small towns, and from resourceful filmmakers.
‘Daniel’s Gotta Die’
Billionaire Edward Powell has just died, leaving his vast estate to his four children: cold-as-ice Mia, cocaine-fueled Victor, faux-philanthropist Jessica, and good-hearted Daniel. The money, however, comes with one catch: the siblings must spend the weekend together at the family beach house on the Cayman Islands. Daniel sees this as the perfect opportunity to reconnect with his estranged family and introduce them to his fiancé, Emily. Meanwhile, his family sees this as the perfect opportunity to bump-off Daniel and take his share of the inheritance. As the bodies stack up and plans go awry, one thing becomes painfully clear: Daniel’s going to find out what family means, even if it kills him.
After the death of his father, Mitch Anderson returns home after fifteen years. He and his brother Tommy embark on a journey of discovery, reconciliation and healing, while immersed amongst the balsam forests in Northern Minnesota.
‘Finding Her Beat’
In the midst of a frozen Minnesota winter, a Japanese drum master and Korean adoptee from North Dakota join forces to assemble the world’s best Taiko drummers in a bold effort to claim a cultural spotlight that has historically been reserved only for men. Their rhythm revolution includes rock stars from the world of Taiko: Tiffany Tamaribuchi, Kaoly Asano, Chieko Kojima, Megan Chao-Smith, and Jennifer Weir. Through grueling rehearsals, Jennifer weaves together their disparate voices and styles. Vulnerability, pain, and joys are shared—and we quickly see the bonds of friendship form as these talented women navigate their way through differences in culture, age, language, and performing styles. As the clock ticks toward their first performance, it becomes clear that their story has become much larger than Taiko.
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