Unless there's a connection to live stage productions, I don't typically write about film or television as a rule. But since rules are made to be broken, I'm making an exception.
If you live in the New York City area and don't want to brave the freezing temperatures outside over the weekend, may I kindly suggest for your viewing pleasure watching Thirteen/WNET-TV at 11:30 p.m. Saturday night for a quirky little award-winning gem of an indie flick called, "Two Harbors"?
Written and directed by a very unassuming, and downright polite, auteur named James Vculek -- who, by the way, in his spare time does run a fledgling little theatre company in Minneapolis called Partizan Theatre -- this 2005 black and white film is "based on a true story" of "an obsessed sci-fi collecter uses an impressionable young woman in an attempt to lure aliens to earth, with tragic results."
Using the tagline, "Sometimes love can be an alien concept," "Two Harbors" boasts two of the Twin Cities' finest stage actors -- Richard Ooms and Claudia Wilkens -- as well as Catherine E. Johnson, Alex Cole and Ari Hoptman.
An audience favorite at over two dozen different film festivals from coast-to-coast, as well as Down Under and our neighbor to the north, Two Harbors' many honors include:
- 2005 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival (Best Feature)
- 2005 Milwaukee International Film Festival (Best Feature)
- 2006 Eugene International Film Festival (Best Feature)
- 2006 Victoria (Australia) Festival of Motion Image (Best Feature)
- 2006 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival (Silver Eddy Award)
- 2006 Winnipeg International Film Festival (Best Actor - Alex Cole)
- 2005 Austin Film Festival (Honorable Mention)
- 2006 Rural Route Film Festival (NYC) (Honorable Mention)
- 2006 SoCal Film Festival (Huntington Beach CA) (Honorable Mention)
Here's the original trailer for the film:
I had the good fortune to be on-hand for the very first screening of this film and have since made a trip to Milwaukee to see it at the city's iconic new art museum when "Two Harbors" won "Best Feature" at the Milwaukee Film Festival.
Watch it and let me know what you think!
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