Duluth Superior Film Festival Celebrates 'Iron Will'

By KBJR News 1

May 31, 2013 Updated May 31, 2013 at 10:47 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.COM) -From International hits to films made here in the Northland, organizers of this years Duluth Superior film festival say it's the best yet.

"I think every year it gets bigger and better and the filmmakers that come in, the caliber of filmmakers that are here this year and some of the films, there is such diversity in films there is every year but this year there really is something," said Riki McManus, Director of Upper Minnesota Film Office.

Friday, eager fans filled the Zinema to see "Meeting Charlie Parr, A musical journey" something festival founder Richard Hansen says is unique to this years festival.

"This is the first time it's ever been seen in the United States and it's a documentary, they just premiered it in Paris with Charlie, I think a week ago or something like that," said Nathan Hansen, festival founder.

But organizers say the highlight of this year's festival is the 20th reunion of Iron Will, which was filmed in the Northland's backyard using historic landmark backdrops.

"We have the potential of really hanging on to some of the historic pieces that we have here and that's great for period movies like Iron Will," said McManus.

"Quality of the buildings, the quality of the structures that still exist, especially the older buildings, because they land with period pieces really well or they just have beautiful iconic images," said Hansen.

The star of Iron Will, Mackenzi Astin will be in Duluth this weekend to take part in a cast reunion for the film which will always be associated with the Northland.

The Iron Will cast reunion will be held at The Depot on Sunday at 1 p.m. The event is open to the public free of charge.

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