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Published March 05 2013

Fargo Film Festival has nearly 100 films to check out

FARGO – With about 100 movies playing over the next few days, you’d be forgiven if you can’t make it to all that the Fargo Film Festival has to offer.

To make the five-day event a little more manageable for you, we’ve broken down the festival into a list of highlights to check out.

For a full schedule of films and events, visit www.fargofilmfestival.com.

• Panel discussions: The festival is more than just films, of course. Check out daily luncheons and panel discussions, such as “The International Language of Film” set for noon today at Studio 222 (222 Broadway), or “Guests of the Fest Tell All” at noon on Saturday at Juano’s (402 Broadway).

• Documentaries

Thursday night offers the opportunity to view the festival’s documentary features, highlighted by “Informant” at 8:45 p.m. Named the festival’s best documentary feature and best picture, the film examines a radical activist turned FBI informant.

• “The Brass Teapot”

Starring Juno Temple and produced by Northern Lights Films, a company with Fargo ties, “The Brass Teapot” will be making its national debut Friday night at the festival.

Pick up a copy of The Forum on Friday to read an interview with Northern Lights Films’ Kirk Roos and Raama Mosley, the film’s director.

• Two-Minute Movie Contest

Following “The Brass Teapot” on Friday night, the entrants in this year’s Two-Minute Movie Contest will be screened at 9:30. See which creative filmmakers did the most with such a short production time.

• Best in Fest: Saturday night brings the festival’s award-winning films, directors and actors. “Walk Tall,” named best documentary short, kicks off the night at 7.

The Oscar-nominated “Death of a Shadow,” winner of the festival’s best narrative short and best director awards, will be screened at 7:35. Tom Van Avermaet, director of the film, will be in attendance Saturday night.

“Astronaut: The Last Push,” named best narrative feature, closes the night at 8:30. Khary Payton, who stars in the film, was given the festival’s best actor award, and will also be in attendance.

If you go

What: Fargo Film Festival

When: Today through Saturday; movies start at 10 a.m. each day and run through the evening

Where: Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway

Info: Single-session admission during the morning or afternoon costs $6, or $8 during the evening. An all-access movie pass costs $75. Panel discussions cost $8. For more information, call the Fargo Theatre box office at (701) 239-8385 or visit www.fargofilmfestival.com.

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