In Our September, 2017 Issue:

Film Space brings best in movies to Metro State

Before It Hits Theaters

Film Space will show “Blade Runner 2049” on September 29 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free with Metro State ID. “Blade Runner 2049” stars Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling. It is the sequel to “Blade Runner,” the 1982 sci-fi film based on the popular novel written by Philip K. Dick. “Blade Runner” will be shown at Film Space on September 22 at 7:30 p.m. (UPDATE: The planned showing of “Bladerunner 2049” on September 29 has been cancelled. According to Professor James Byrne, the Northstar Science Film Festival was unable to obtain showing rights for the film.)

What is the only inde­pen­dent the­ater in St. Paul with a Dig­i­tal Cin­ema Ini­tia­tives (DCI) com­pli­ant pro­jec­tor? Metro State’s own Film Space, a 300-​seat the­ater located in Founders Hall.

We have a 7.1 sur­round sys­tem, which other the­aters don’t have,” said Pay­ing Lo, who interned for Film Space. “The sound is really beautiful.”

Film Space offi­cially opened in April 2016 with fund­ing from a $30,000 Knight Arts Chal­lenge grant.

Accord­ing to Pro­fes­sor James Byrne, pro­gram direc­tor for Film Space, very few stu­dents know that there is a film the­ater at Metro State. This means that most of the films shown at Film Space go unno­ticed by students.

I had never heard about Film Space before my intern­ship,” said stu­dent Jackie Vang, “But I ended up really enjoy­ing some of the films shown.”

Film Space has shown “Hid­den Fig­ures,” star­ring Taraji P. Hen­son, and “No Blood of Mine,” a thriller set in Duluth, Min­nesota. Dur­ing the yearly Min­neapo­lis Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, Film Space fea­tures works from film­mak­ers all over the world.

Byrne hopes that as the the­ater gains pop­u­lar­ity and acknowl­edge­ment, it will become more influ­en­tial in the com­mu­nity. To this end, Film Space hosts a num­ber of film fes­ti­vals includ­ing the North­star Sci­ence Film Fes­ti­val in Sep­tem­ber and the Cine Latino Film Fes­ti­val in November.

I think a lot of the prob­lem is try­ing to get peo­ple who might be inter­ested to know about the the­ater,” said Vang.

In addi­tion to show­ing free films, Film Space is also a plat­form for stu­dents to show their own work. Byrne will be host­ing an open screen in Octo­ber for films cre­ated by Metro State stu­dents. This is an oppor­tu­nity for screen­writ­ing stu­dents to see their work on the big screen.

The idea of let­ting any stu­dent be able to show­case their work in the the­ater is a great oppor­tu­nity to give a voice to peo­ple from many back­grounds,” said Lo.

Film Space also offers intern­ships and paid posi­tions. Stu­dents from any major may apply.

I’m actu­ally a biol­ogy major,” Vang said. “It’s mainly because I’m inter­ested in film that I took this intern­ship. It gave me the oppor­tu­nity to learn about film while still main­tain­ing my biol­ogy major.”

Stu­dents may con­tact Pro­fes­sor James Byrne directly for more details about screen­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties, jobs and internships.