Independent Filmmaker Project Photo Opportunity

From Carol Schuler:

I wanted to share this news about this new artistic community space that is having its grand opening this month. Please take a look and let me know if you’d like to attend and photograph the events for the Independent Filmmaker Project’s 3-day Grand Opening taking place Friday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, Aug. 23. We’d love to see you there and I can also coordinate a conversation between you and Andrew Peterson, Executive Director of IFP or any of the other contributing partners in this project to learn more.

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) Minnesota supports independent filmmakers and other media artists through education, funding, consulting and networking as part of its mission to advance the arts community in the Twin Cities. The new media center will serve as a hub for artists to connect, collaborate and showcase their talents. They are celebrating its new media arts center with a three-day grand opening. With state-of-the-art equipment, multiple classrooms, gallery space and an open layout to encourage collaboration, the new center promises to be a destination for media artists looking to inspire and encourage each other. The new center will aid IFP Minnesota in its mission to support independent filmmakers and other artists by growing the Twin Cities arts community. (Located at 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 120, Saint Paul, MN 55114)

Ann Marsden and Gus Gustafson, whom the IFP Minnesota’s photography gallery is named after, were esteemed photographers who helped create the vibrant Twin Cities arts community beginning in the 1970s. The Marsden/Gustafson Gallery at IFP Minnesota aspires to ensure that the work of these two great artists is not only remembered and honored, but serves as a lasting inspiration to new generations of media artists.

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) Opening 3-day Event info: 

Friday, August 21, 6-9 p.m.

— Grand opening of the Marsden/Gustafson Gallery; This event celebrates not only the opening of the new gallery, but also the lives of Ann Marsden and Gerald “Gus” Gustafson, two icons of the Twin Cities arts community. A documentary on Ann Marsden will be shown. Wine, beer and snacks will be served.

— Location: 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 120, Saint Paul, MN 55114

— Cost: Free to the public

 Saturday, August 22, IFP Minnesota will host a grand opening gala from 6-10 p.m.

— The event features special guests from Los Angeles’s Film Independent and IFP New York, as well as coverage by Filmmaker Magazine. The evening also involves a short program from IFP Minnesota and IFP National, and the announcement of the Minnesota Screenwriting Residency. The gala provides a great opportunity for artists to network and experience the new center. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at, with the first 50 receiving a one-year IFP Minnesota membership valued at $85. Food, wine and cocktails will be served.

— Location: 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 120, Saint Paul, MN 55114

Sunday, August 23rd, Open House from 12-4 p.m.

— The event is free and offers anyone the chance to see the new center and learn more about IFP Minnesota’s vision. Food, drinks and entertainment will be provided.

— Location: 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 120, Saint Paul, MN 55114

— Cost: Free to the public

Quick Facts on the Project:  

Features of the space:

  • 5,500 square feet
  • Three classrooms with state-of-the-art projection and sound
  • Four screening rooms and editing room
  • Eight editing stations with latest filmmaking software and tools
  • Marsden/Gustafson gallery that opens into courtyard
  • Open layout that offers opportunities for interaction and collaboration
  • Adjacent to Lake Monster Brewing, coffee shops, restaurants, retail spaces, and artist studios
  • Steps from the Green Line
  • Thom Barry serves as curator

IFP Minnesota:

  • Second largest IFP branch with over 400 members
  • Mission is to create and advance media arts community in the Twin Cities
  • Offers 100 classes annually on the art, business and technology of media making
  • Offers free after-school courses
  • Serves more than 2,000 children per year, 60% of which are children of color and/or kids who come from low-income backgrounds
  • Offers photography residency for people of color

Carol Schuler | Schuler Publicity 

ph (612.281.7030) |

1010 W. Lake Street, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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