FFF 12 Welcomes Special Guest Sarah Hagan


The 2012 Fargo Film Festival is proud to welcome Sarah Hagan, who appears in Jess + Moss, a narrative feature screening on Friday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Sarah Hagan is best known for her beloved recurring roles as Millie Kentner on the cult series Freaks and Geeks and as Amanda, the nerdy potential slayer on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Born in Austin, Texas, she began acting at age six when her mother first signed her up for musical theater. Sarah has appeared on Ally McBeal, Undeclared, Boston Public, Grey’s Anatomy, and Medium.

After a hiatus from acting to study painting and sculpture, Hagan has returned with a supporting role in the comedy Spring Breakdown and the lead performance in Jess + Moss.

Sarah will be joined by her Jess + Moss director Clay Jeter, producer Brian Harstine, and co-star Austin Vickers for a Q&A following the screening. The Jess + Moss team will also participate in a lunch panel at Juano’s on Saturday, March 10 at noon. Admission to the lunch panel is $8.

FFF 12 Welcomes Special Guest Fred Stoller


The 2012 Fargo Film Festival is proud to welcome Fred Stoller. Fred appears in and wrote Fred & Vinnie, a narrative feature that will screen on Friday, March 9 at 4 p.m.

Fred Stoller has appeared on numerous sitcoms, most notably as Ray’s mopey cousin on Everybody Loves Raymond. His film credits include Dumb and Dumber, The Change-Up, and Austin Powers in Goldmember.

A frequent voice actor, Fred could be heard as Steve the Tree on Nickelodeon’s Oswald, Stenographer Fred on ABC’s Science Court, Rusty the Monkey Wrench on Disney’s Handy Manny, and as Fred the Penguin on The Penguins of Madagascar.

As a stand-up comedian, Fred has appeared on HBO, The Tonight Show, and Late Night with David Letterman. Fred was also a staff writer for Seinfeld and has also written for Handy Manny and National Lampoon magazine.

Fred will join Rich Sommer on a lunch panel at Juano’s on Friday, March 9 at noon to discuss the acting and auditioning process. Admission to the lunch panel is $8.

FFF 12 Welcomes Special Guest Matt Walsh



The 2012 Fargo Film Festival is proud to welcome Matt Walsh, director of the narrative feature High Road, which will be screened on Saturday, March 10 at 4 p.m.
Matt Walsh was born in Chicago and attended Northern Illinois University where he received a degree in psychology. After college he moved back to Chicago and quickly began performing comedy. In 1991 he co-­founded the sketch group Upright Citizens Brigade with Matt Besser and Ian Roberts (later joined by Amy Poehler). In 1996 he moved with the group to New York City where they landed a sketch show on Comedy Central and opened a theater.
After three seasons of the UCB sketch show, Matt worked as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart from 2001 to 2002. Matt’s extensive movie credits include The Hangover, Old School, Bad Santa, Due Date, Role Models, and School for Scoundrels. He has also appeared on many TV  shows including Hung, Community, Arrested Development, and Reno 911.

Additionally, Matt will be joined by Rich Sommer live on the stage of the Historic Fargo Theatre at 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 10 for Celebrity, an interactive improv game show where “knowing fame wins the game.”

FFF 12 Welcomes Special Guest Joe Lo Truglio


The 2012 Fargo Film Festival is proud to welcome special guest Joe Lo Truglio, who appears in High Road, a narrative feature screening on Saturday, March 10 at 4 p.m.

Born in Ozone Park, Queens and raised in Margate, Florida, Joe Lo Truglio’s childhood revolved around collecting Mad magazines, shooting horror movies on Super 8, and drawing homemade comics. He graduated from Coconut Creek High School in 1988 and attended NYU film school where he met future colleagues and co-founded the cult sketch group The State. Joe’s extensive TV and movie credits include Wet Hot American Summer, The Station Agent, Superbad, Reno 911, Pineapple Express, Role Models, and Paul.

Joe will join Matt Walsh to participate in a lunch panel discussing the production of independent films on Saturday, March 10 at noon at Juano’s. Admission to the lunch panel is $8.

An Evening with Don Hertzfeldt


The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce that Academy Award-nominee Don Hertzfeldt will appear in person on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 7pm.

“It’s Such a Beautiful Day,” the final chapter in Hertzfeldt’s trilogy about the mysterious Bill, was named Best Animated Film by the Fargo Film Festival jury. Hertzfeldt has also been selected as the 2012 Fargo Film Festival’s Ted M. Larson Award recipient.

Chapter One, “Everything Will Be OK,” received the Sundance Film Festival’s Jury Award in Short Filmmaking and was named by many critics as one of the “best films of 2007.” Chapter Two, “I Am So Proud of You,” received twenty-seven awards, including Best Film at the 2009 Fargo Film Festival, and was described by the San Francisco International Film Festival as, “[his] best yet… even the Hertzfeldt faithful may be too stunned to laugh.”

Nearly two years in the making, the 23-minute “It’s Such a Beautiful Day” is Hertzfledt’s longest and most ambitious, piece to date. Blending traditional animation, experimental optical effects, trick photography, and new digital hybrids printed out one frame at a time, the movie was captured entirely on an antique 35mm animation stand, one of the last operating cameras of its kind left in America.

The Fargo Film Festival will be screening the entire animated trilogy together for the first time via new 35mm prints, immediately followed by a live on-stage interview and audience chat with Don Hertzfeldt.

Hertzfeldt’s website is www.bitterfilms.com.

FFF 12 Welcomes Special Guest Rich Sommer


The Fargo Film Festival is thrilled to announce that actor Rich Sommer will attend this year’s event as a special guest.

Rich is best known for his role as Harry Crane on AMC’s multiple Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Mad Men.

Rich’s stage credits include Todd in Far Away; Mike in A Lie of the Mind; and William Gibbs in Off the Map. Rich has appeared on The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm, CSI, Law & Order, Without a Trace, Ugly Betty, Nikita, Burn Notice, and in several national commercials. His feature film debut was as Anne Hathaway’s drinking buddy Doug in The Devil Wears Prada.

A student, performer and teacher of improvisation, Rich received his training and experience with The Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis and the Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC.

He received a BA in Theatre Arts from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and an MFA in Acting from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Rich and his Mad Men castmates have twice won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

Special Rates at Howard Johnson Inn for FFF 12 Attendees


If you plan to attend the Fargo Film Festival and are traveling from out of town, one excellent and affordable option is the Howard Johnson Inn, located at 301 3rd Avenue North in Fargo, just a short walk from the Fargo Theatre.

The festival has arranged for a discounted rate of $63 dollars per night at the Howard Johnson Inn. Be sure to mention the Fargo Film Festival when you make your reservation. Reservations must be made by February 27, 2012.

You can contact the Howard Johnson Inn by phone at either 888.407.4656 or 701.232.8850 or online here with direct link to their website which is also available under the CONTACT tab above.

Jay and Silent Bob Get Old (at the Fargo Film Festival!)


Jay and Silent Bob, the iconic characters in Kevin Smith’s movies “Clerks,” “Mallrats,” “Chasing Amy,” “Dogma,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” and “Clerks 2” will kick off the opening night of the 2012 Fargo Film Festival at 8 p.m. on March 6 at the Fargo Theatre.

Played by Jason Mewes and Smith, the dope-smoking duo is known for their off-color commentary. In recent years, that commentary has been chronicled in Smith’s ongoing podcasts, including the “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old” series, which is a top-ranked comedy podcast on iTunes.

The duo will be recording a podcast during the Fargo appearance.

Reserved seating costs $35 and $45; fees may apply.  

Admission to this special event is sold separately and is NOT included in ANY festival passes.

Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday, January 27 at the Tickets 300 kiosk, (866) 300-8300 or www.jadepresents.com.

Donny Was a Good Bowler


The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce the

1st Annual Bunny Lebowski Pro-Am Invitational


We know you are supposed to say “inaugural” instead of “first annual,” but it’s our preferred nomenclature. On Thursday, March 8, 2012, join the Fargo Film Festival at Moorhead, Minnesota’s All-Star Bowl to celebrate all things Dude. From 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., enjoy the company of your fellow movie lovers in solidarity with the power of the Coen Brothers’ indispensable little achievement.

A limited number of tickets are available for $10 per person and may be purchased in advance at the Fargo Theatre. Ticket price includes shoe rental and bowling. The 1st Annual Bunny Lebowski Pro-Am Invitational is an all-ages event.

Additionally, the event will include a Big Lebowski-themed costume contest and a Lebowski/Coen-focused trivia contest, with prizes guaranteed to tie your room together. More details to follow.

Mark it, Dudes.


2012 2-Minute Movie Contest


1 Make a movie no longer than 2 minutes.

2 Fill out an entry form.

3 Submit the form and a copy of your movie on a flash drive (as a .mov) or Mini-DV tape to the Fargo Theatre by Saturday, February 11th, 2012.

4 Show up on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 9:30pm at the Fargo Theatre and enjoy the show. Admission is 2 dollars.

Submission Deadline: Movies must be received by Saturday, February 11th, 2012 at the Fargo Theatre along with a completed entry form.

All movies must be entered by the official entry deadline. Submitted movies must have a title. There is no fee to enter and contestants may enter up to two movies per moviemaker.

Moviemakers must hold copyright clearance to all images and music.

Movies must be submitted on flash drive as a .mov file or on Mini-DV tape. The contest does not accept movies on any other format. Entries on DVD will not be accepted. Do not under any circumstances submit your original or master copy. If possible, drives and tapes will be returned to moviemakers at the public showing.

The final program will be selected from the pool of entries and a panel of at least five festival judges will choose the winning movies. Filmmakers will be notified by email if their work will not be screened. The 2-Minute Movie Contest is competitive and not all submissions will be selected for public screening.

Download the entry form here.

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