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John Lamb, Published March 04 2014

Fargo Film Fest: Fest keeps finances rolling for Fargo Theatre

FARGO – The Fargo Film Festival started rolling on Tuesday and will screen around 150 movies by the end of the night Saturday.

The 14th annual event not only shines a light on emerging filmmakers, it also showcases the hosting Fargo Theatre.

“It’s huge,” says Emily Beck, executive director of the theater. “It’s our largest fundraiser of the year and our largest event. It’s really important to the success of the theater.”

Beck says the festival will bring in more than $30,000 to the nonprofit organization. She added that that figure does not include in-kind donations, theatre memberships sold or the valuable exposure the historic site gains during the event.

Last year 4,000 people attended the five-day festival.

This year’s event features everything from the 50 2-minute movies and student films to international features. The festival closes Saturday night with the screening of “3 Mile Limit,” which won Best Narrative Feature.

The New Zealand film is one of the many foreign films being shown. Thirteen countries are represented with accepted selections and films from 16 states will be shown

About 20 filmmakers are expected to fly in for the event.

Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533

IF YOU GO

What: Fargo Film Festival

When: Screenings start at 9:30 a.m. and continue all day with a noon break for lunch and again from 5 to 7 p.m. before the evening screenings

Where: The Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway

Info: Single session tickets are $6 for mornings and afternoons, $8 for evenings and $5 for students. Passes to parties and films range from $15 to $125. (701) 239-8385.

Today’s highlights

1:30 p.m. – “Meeting Charlie Parr” Portrait of the Duluth, Minn.-based Americana singer/guitarist. (59 minutes)

7 p.m. – “American Heart” Honorable mention documentary feature looks at immigrants and the healthcare system in Minnesota. Q & A with director Chris Newberry follows. (92 minutes)

9:15 p.m. – “The Buffalo King” Documentary of man who saved buffalo from extinction won the Prairie Spirit Award. (60 minutes)