This weekend, six films by revered local documentarian Melody Gilbert will be featured as part of a three-day festival at the Parkway Theater at 48th St. & Chicago Ave. in South Minneapolis. Melody is a terrific filmmaker and a great supporter of local films, so if you're in the area don't miss this special opportunity to see the work of "one of the most fearless filmmakers in contemporary documentary cinema", according to The Documentary Channel.
Ask yourself, when else will you see a movie about wannabe amputees, or getting married at the Mall of America, or people who explore abandoned underground tunnels and buildings, or children who have no sensation of pain? Three of Melody's six films are available on Netflix, but I won't tell you which ones because you should really see them at the theater this weekend. Speaking of which, the Parkway has nicely revived itself over the last few years, and you can bring food and drink from neighboring Pepito's into the theater.
Melody and special guests will be present at each screening. Tickets are available online or at the door (special MG Marathon pass is $25 to see all six films).
Friday, Dec. 3rd
6:00 pm: Disconnected (made with Carleton College students) - TRAILER
7:30 pm: Married at the Mall (w/ new short doc Tami Tushie's Toys) - TRAILER
9:15 pm: Urban Explorers: Into the Darkness - TRAILER
10:30 pm: After-party @ Pepitos w/ half-price apps and 2-for-1 drinks
Saturday, Dec. 4
3:00 pm: Whole - CLIP
4:30 pm: A Life Without Pain (w/ MN family featured in the film) - TRAILER
Sunday, Dec. 5
6:00 pm: Fritz: The Walter Mondale Story - TRAILER
Also, next week (not part of the festival):
Wednesday, Dec. 8th
7:00 pm: Numb (sneak preview/fundraiser)
Numb is a new documentary about antidepressant addiction and withdrawal that Melody is executive producing (directed by Phil Lawrence). This is a sneak preview/ fundraiser that includes: food from Pepitos, mingling with filmmakers, silent auction and a free ticket to the screening of Urban Explorers at 8:00 pm. Your donation will help finish the final stretch of editing. See the trailer.