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Elisabeth Shue and Thomas Haden Church to Open Solstice Film Festival


“Don McKay,” is a dark tale about a high school janitor (Church) who returns home after receiving a letter from an old flame (Shue). “McKay” will open the fourth annual Solstice Film Festival on June 18th at Suburban World Theatre in Minneapolis, MN. After its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival last month, this will be its only other screening to date.

Minneapolis, MN, June 13, 2009 --(PR.com)-- Independent film starring Elisabeth Shue and Thomas Haden Church opens
this year’s event

“Don McKay”, is a dark tale about a high school janitor (Church) who returns home after receiving a letter from an old flame (Shue). “McKay” will open the fourth annual Solstice Film Festival on June 18th at Suburban World Theatre in Minneapolis, MN. After its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival last month, this will be its only other screening to date.

“A film like this really sets the tone for a fantastic weekend of great films”, said event founder and Executive Director Devin Halden. The film follows McKay as his reunion with his past is entangled in a mystery of lies and murder. McKay struggles to find the truth while wrestling with the reality that he may have been betrayed by the love that he lost 25 years ago. Jake Goldberger, the Director of the film describes it as “a darkly comic thriller.”

Solstice screened hundreds of submissions narrowing down to a selection of twenty-five for this three-day event. Submissions come from filmmakers across the country and world.

All films will be shown at Suburban World Theatre in Minneapolis, MN. The Uptown location allows for attendees to screen films steps away from the high-energy commercial corridor in and around Calhoun Square. The unique theatre setting allows for brew-n-view screenings and free catered hors d’oeuvres all in a centralized location.

Halden created Solstice in 2006 and immediately won accolades for programming including projects that have been picked up for studio development as well as nominated for Academy Awards. His vision is twofold; to provide independent filmmakers and artists a platform and audience to premier their work; and to produce an event that spotlights Minnesota as a backdrop for future studio and independent film productions.

The festival closes on June 20th with the screening of “Our Time”, a documentary that delves into the questions about America’s youth, what we care about, and where we’re headed. ‘It is a passionate portrayal of a generation, a meditation on coming of age in 21st-century America, and a rallying cry against apathy.’

Single passes are $10 for single screenings.

An “All Access Pass” costs $30. It includes:
· Entry into Opening Night Ceremony, Film and After Party on June 18
· Entrance in to all Filmmaker Q and A sessions
· Pass to all films selected to screen at the 2009 Solstice Film Festival
· Admittance to the Spotlight Presentation and Film Friday evening, June 19
· Entry into the Closing Awards Ceremony and Film Presentation on June 20

For more information on the festival and to order passes, visit www.solsticefilmfest.org.

For interview requests for filmmakers and festival directors please contact Andy Salmen (612) 309-3224 or ajsalmen@solsticefilmfest.org. Photos of past events are available upon request.

About Solstice Film Festival
Solstice Film Festival is a non-profit organization committed to bringing the art of filmmaking to the Twin Cities. SFF will offer a varied slate of films, special events and educational initiatives at the festival and throughout the year, presenting Minnesota with an engaging cultural event for both the local population and visitors to the Twin Cities.

Contact:
Andy Salmen
Solstice Film Festival
(612) 309-3224
ajsalmen@solsticefilmfest.org
www.solsticefilmfest.org

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612 309-3224
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