Twin Cities Film Fest lineup features 40 films, 37 shorts

The 2014 Twin Cities Film Fest, running Oct. 16-25 in St. Louis Park, will feature an extensive lineup of films. This year’s festival features top movies from celebrated filmmakers as well as new faces and Minnesota talent. In total, TCFF will feature 40 full-length films and 37 shorts, all at Kerasotes ShowPlace Icon theatres at The Shops at West End.

The festival begins with the Jason Reitman directed film, “Men, Women & Children,” which will open the festival Thursday night. Minnesotan filmmakers will again be featured among award contenders, including 2014 TCFF Centerpiece film “Hunger in America” produced by Minneapolis’ own Tim VandeSteeg and narrated by James Denton. VandeSteeg and Denton will appear at the special benefit with partial proceeds being donated to the St. Louis Park Foodshelf, an organization battling hunger in the Twin Cities Community.

Other highly anticipated films include the hit comedy from the Los Angeles Film Festival, “The Last Time You Had Fun” starring Demetri Martin and Eliza Coupe; “V/H/S: Viral,” the third film in the found footage horror trilogy; and “The Heart Machine,” a romantic mystery that had audiences at South by Southwest talking.

The final days of the festival will feature two critically-acclaimed films, “The Imitation Game” on Oct. 24 and “Wild” on Oct. 25. “The Imitation Game” stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. The film recently took home the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival, immediately positioning it as an awards season frontrunner. “Wild,” based on the NY Times bestselling book by Minnesota native Cheryl Strayed, stars Reese Witherspoon.

Closing the festival will be “Time Lapse,” the story about a camera that takes photos 24 hours in the future which has already won the coveted audience award at the Fantaspoa International Film Festival.

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