IFP Minnesota is the local host for both ShortsLab St. Paul and the Film Forward touring program–all part of Sundance Institute’s recently expanded efforts to connect with independent artists and audiences in regions across the country.

Film Forward will travel to Minnesota for the very first time with filmmakers Lacey Schwartz (director, Little White Lie) and Mehret Mandefro (producer, Difret). In partnership with IFP Minnesota, FilmForward will visit St. Paul, Minneapolis and Northfield bringing freescreenings, moderated discussions, feedback sessions for emergingfilmmakers, and a local filmmaker reception.

Little White Lie is a personal documentary that explores thedirector’s discovery of family secrets, denial, and the power oftelling the truth. The film follows Lacey Schwartz’s journey toconfront her family secrets in order to come to terms with her dualidentity of being Black and Jewish. Difret explores the conflicts thatarise when traditions passed down for generations are interrupted.Hirut, a 14-year old Ethiopian girl, is facing the death penalty forkilling her would-be husband in her rural village when an empowered and tenacious young lawyer arrives from the city to represent her.

For more news and updates on Minnesota Film Forward events and venues visit the Institute’s website.

Schedule Of Events
All events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 28
5:30pm: Film Forward Reception
Director Lacey Schwartz and Producer Mehret Mandefro will be in attendance.
IFP Minnesota, St. Paul

7:00pm: Difret
Cinema, Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College, Northfield

7:30pm: Little White Lie
Discussion with director Lacey Schwartz to follow the screening.
University Club, St. Paul

Wednesday, April 29
5:30pm: Difret
Discussion with producer Mehret Mandefro to follow the screening.
OEC Auditorium, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul

7:00pm: Little White Lie
Discussion with director Lacey Schwartz to follow the screening.
Macalester College, St. Paul

Thursday, April 30
7:00pm: Little White Lie
Discussion with director Lacey Schwartz to follow the screening.
Cinema, Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College, Northfield

7:30pm: Difret
Discussion with producer Mehret Mandefro to follow the screening.
Best Buy Theater, Northrop Auditorium, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Friday, May 1
4:00pm: Little White Lie
Discussion with director Lacey Schwartz to follow the screening.
Rapson Hall, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

4:30pm: Difret
Discussion with producer Mehret Mandefro to follow the screening.
Macalester College, St. Paul (Toast and Jam)