A Movie Vacation


If you like movies, you’ll want to be in Duluth between May 28 to June 1. That’s when the Duluth Superior Film Festival celebrates half a decade in operation.

“The festival started here in Duluth in 2009 as an offshoot of the Sound Unseen Film Festival in Minneapolis,” says festival coordinator Letisha Rice. “In 2012, we became the Duluth Superior Film Festival. We are very excited to be celebrating our 5th anniversary this year.”

Last year saw Crispin Glover (of Back to the Future) visiting town, and an even more famous name is booked for this year.

“The biggest news we have to share is the appearance of Patty Duke, who will join us for the screening of her film You’ll Like My Mother, which was shot here in Duluth at Glensheen in the early 1970s,” Rice says. “She will also be around for other festival events. Her son Mackenzie Astin, the star of Iron Will – another locally filmed movie — is returning this year as a juror.”

“We have a nice variety of movies this time around,” Rice says. “Because there are a few heavy themes, and we have branched out to include a horror film this year, most of our films are geared toward the 14+ audience.”

Good news for those who might be on a tight budget: “As a thank you for all of the great community support over the past five years,” Rice says, “we have decided that this year’s festival will be free of charge. There is no need to purchase tickets – just show up! We will have all-access passes available for $30, which will get you priority seating and access to some special events. And of course we would appreciate and gladly accept any donations to help keep the event rolling along into the future.”

The festival is also looking for volunteers – contact Rice at [email protected]f.com for more info. “Our volunteers this year will be given lifelong passes to the Duluth Superior Film Festival, as well as an awesome t-shirt and our infinite gratitude,” she says.

The full lineup is listed at ds-ff.com, and there are links at that site to the festival’s numerous social-media pages, as well.