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SU 20 Festival Film | I Want My MTV + Lost Weekend (short film) + Maybe Nebraska

  • Parkway Theater 4818 Chicago Ave Minneapolis, MN, 55417 USA (map)

Screening date: Wed. November 13, 2019
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Parkway Theater
Cost: $12 in advance / $14 at the door
Category: Minnesota Premier
Run Time/Year/Country: 86 min, 2019, USA
Director: Tyler Meason


A touchstone in the lives of millions of young people, as well as a home for musicians and filmmakers to display their frequently offbeat sense of artistic vision, upstart music network MTV burst onto televisions on August 1, 1981. Via a combination of the scrappy handful of young adults serving as hosts, the fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants production style, and the music mini-movies that were the foundation of the original channel, MTV was like nothing Americans had ever seen before.

A nostalgic and thrilling ride, "I Want My MTV" takes its audience back to the beginning, when the idea of a television channel devoted solely to screening newfangled videos from music’s hottest stars seemed destined for failure. From DEVO and Cyndi Lauper to David Bowie and Madonna, the film provides a peek into how the videos that defined a generation, as well as how the team of young executives—now some of the most prolific and powerful leaders in American media—tasked with growing this seed of an idea, would quickly flourish into a beloved but often controversial cultural juggernaut. Features commentary from Sting, Tegan and Sara, Fab 5 Freddy, Jerry Cantrell, Tabitha Soren, and more. - Tribeca Film Festival


Preceded By

Film Title: Lost Weekend
Director: Bradford Thomason, Brett Whitcomb
Run Time/Year/Country/Etc: 14 min, 2019, USA, MN Premiere
Synopsis: In 1984, two friends from small-town Pennsylvania win an MTV contest and the chance to party with Van Halen for 48 Hours.


Preceded By

Maybe Nebraska

Maybe Nebraska is a duo, based in Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota. They sing covers, and they sing them well. Mikaela and Kelley started a fake band first, then Kelley finally convinced Mikaela that the world wouldn’t end if they sang in public. She was right. Singing songs from artists like Frank Sinatra, Kanye West, John Prine, Cyndi Lauper, and The Spice Girls (to name a few). Their funny, and sometimes mistake ridden sets, have become a hit among their friends and a few people that only know them a little!