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March 16, 2014

BLC's Speechless Film Festival catering to local audience this year

BLC's Speechless Film Festival catering to local audience this year

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There will also be a theater dedicated solely as a “lecture hall” with speakers who have varying backgrounds in film. Among them are Ryan Sturgis, who works in film art direction and worked on “Fargo” and “Grumpier Old Men,” among others. Wes Schuck, founder of No Alternative Media and Two Fish Studios in Mankato, will talk about the post-production process in filmmaking.

Steve Corona, a Bethany alum, is a voice and screen actor. He's had bit parts in such shows as “Breaking Bad” and such movies as “Crash” and “The Lone Ranger.” During the festival, he'll provide a behind the scenes look at Hollywood sets.

Paulsen said those special guests and others will give talks that are accessible to a wide audience, and not technical in nature so that they're only of interest to film or production students and professionals.

This year the festival received more than 100 submissions from 27 countries, and about 55 films were admitted to the festival. Judges are faculty from Gustavus Adolphus College, South Central College, MSU, Bethany and United International College in Xhuhai, China.

Student winners in each category will receive $500, and professional winners will receive $1,000 (except for the Made in Minnesota category, for which the prize is $500). There also will be a separate overall high school category with an award of a $2,000 scholarship to Bethany and a camera.

If you go What Speechless Film Festival When/Where Thursday through Saturday at the old Maverick 4 Theatres in Mankato Place For a detailed schedule, visit speechlessfilmfestival.com. Tickets $15 for an all-access pass; $5 for a single showcase ticket; $10 for an all-access pass with a student ID. Tickets are available at both Mankato HyVee customer service desks and at the door.

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