Who: Actors, directors, screenwriters, editors, and others who touch our local film and TV biz
What: The Black & White Ball
Where: The W Minneapolis-The Foshay
When: Saturday, February 28, 2009
Why: A benefit for the Minnesota Film and TV Board that raised $18,500
The Black & White Ball, a benefit for the Minnesota Film and TV Board, a commission that promotes local production, brought out actors, directors, screenwriters, editors, and more at this film noir-themed soiree, hosted by Mark Rosen at The W Minneapolis-The Foshay.
This tight-knit film and TV crowd, mostly dressed in formal attire, mingled before the live auction. Many had recently completed films, such as Patrick Coyle with Into Temptation, while others, such as Roberto Lequeux and Michelle Lenhardt were in preproduction, scouting locations for their film Crowing Lakes, a winter supernatural thriller. The film geek-looking John Allen and Wyatt McDill were heading to SXSW soon for the screening of their film Four Boxes, they intriguingly described as "a Rosemont thriller."
The princess of the night was eighteen-year-old Brooke Martin, who matter-of-factly described herself as a director and producer. Now that's confidence! The prince of the night was the adorable Bee Vang, also eighteen, who appeared in Gran Torino. Bee is pursuing acting and looking for an agent. How do you find an agent? “You tell me,” he joked.
Mark kicked off the live auction confirming he auditioned but lost the role to “that Alan Arkin guy” in the Minnesota-made Coen Brothers’ movie A Serious Man. And before the bidding began, board president Victoria Wozniak received an award for her service to Minnesota Film and TV and the local film community at large.
There were several hot items auctioned off, from a trip for two to the Tribeca Film Festival to ten advance movie screenings and post-discussions with the Star Tribune’s film critic Colin Covert. I hope you like the bidder who bought you Colin, that’s a lot of movies.