Starting this weekend a number of directors and actors will be in St. Louis Park for the fourth-annual Twin Cities Film Fest.
The fall festival takes over the Showplace ICON Theater for movies, mixers, educational offerings and special events.
This year's films include an adaptation of Nelson Mandela's autobiography starring Idris Elba, a thriller about a couple documenting their first pregnancy for a reality show and a series of vignettes about how terrible Duluth is in the winter.
Other activities during the festival include a panel on writing for the Web and a make-your-own-guacamole lesson.
The Twin Cities Film Fest starts Thursday, Oct. 17, and runs through Saturday, Oct. 26. For a complete schedule of all the screenings, see the festival's website.
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