Last Thursday, I found myself downtown at the State Theatre for the world premiere of local indie flick, Nobody, directed by Rob Perez (writer 40 Days and 40 Nights). Walking into the theatre lobby, I seemed to have stumbled upon a bizarre world where 1920’s class met Minneapolis hipster. Regardless of what everyone was wearing, we were all there for the same reason: to see what Nobody was all about.
We meet our protagonist, Lindeman (Sam Rosen), in his final semester at art school (MCAD!) where he is faced with his final project; turning a large, intimidating piece of granite into…well, something. The problem is, he can’t seem to find proper inspiration. The plot unfolds as Lindeman tries a number of differently lifestyles, including goth, gay, and vegetarian activist just to name a few, all in hopes to find meaning to his work and, maybe coincidentally, his life.  After all his trials, he finds that maybe being somebody isn’t everything he expected…

One of my favorite aspects of the film was the fact that it was the Twin Cities. What I mean by that is that so much of it is really and truly local. We get to see Porky’s, the Minneapolis skyline via lake Calhoun, glimpses of Uptown, and of course, a good chunk of filming happens at MCAD. Minnesota native Josh Hartnett, being the executive producer for the film, also made it to the premiere along with Guster frontman, Ryan Miller, who composed an appropriately indie soundtrack for the film. City Pages snapped some shots (a lot better than any I got…) of the premiere after-party.

It’s a rare night when you find a world film premiere in the heart of Minneapolis. And, who knows, this could be the first of more to come. (Also out this past weekend was the Coen Bros. latest, A Serious Man. I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s on my to-do list.)

Nobody opened to the general public at block E last Friday and is going to continue to play as long it’s supported. So, stop by and see what Nobody has to offer.

–Haley Rheinhart —


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