|Grand Forks movie to screen in Wisconsin festival|
The award-winning North Dakota-made movie, “Miss Mystic,” is scheduled to play the closing afternoon of the 2006 “It Came From Lake Michigan” Film Festival. The festival, which runs the weekend of Oct. 20-21-22, features independent horror, science fiction, and fantasy movies, and is held annually in Racine, Wis. “Miss Mystic” will run at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, in the Racine Civic Centre, 5 Fifth Street. More festival details and a complete schedule of films and movie production workshops can be found at www.itcamefromlakemichgan.com.
“Miss Mystic” was made by UND film lecturer Christopher P. Jacobs, who has produced and directed five feature-length movies in the past five years. It stars veteran Grand Forks actress Lee Barnum and Jamestown College student Nicole Nelson (at the time still attending Lakota High School), along with Grand Forks Fire Hall Theatre regulars Dave Nash, Jared Kinney, and Sharon Reinowski Bures. Scenes were shot in Grand Forks, Lakota, and Devils Lake during late spring of 2004.
The movie puts a unique twist on the popular body-switching fantasy, blending straight drama and psychological subtext with some dark comedy, suspense, and a touch of the supernatural. A teenage girl is astounded to learn the truth about her parents, but she's in for a bigger shock when her eccentric fortune-teller grandmother decides to swap bodies with her - permanently! The movie's soundtrack includes five songs by Grand Forks rock band Whisky Sam.
“Miss Mystic” won the jury prize for “Best Feature” at the 2004 Forx Film Fest in Grand Forks, and received an Honorable Mention at the 2005 Subrosa Studios B-Film Fest in Syracuse, N.Y. Over the past year it has built up a modest international cult following, through both word of mouth and internet forums. Locally it is available for rent at Blockbuster Video in Grand Forks, Videos Plus in Mayville, and Take 2 Video in Fargo. DVDs of “Miss Mystic” and other movies made in this region can be purchased at the Empire Arts Center's gift shop and at Budget Music and Video in Grand Forks.
More information on “Miss Mystic,” including photos and Quicktime trailers, can be found online by doing a web search on: miss mystic movie website.