Justin Long, Tyler Labine and Ted Koland on the set of "Lumpy."
The Twin Cities Film Fest will host Justin Long Saturday Oct. 20 for the screening of his comedy-drama “Lumpy.” Long ("Drag Me to Hell," "Live Free or Die Hard") plays a bridegroom whose wedding is thrown into turmoil when his hard-living best man drops dead. The newlyweds cancel their honeymoon and head to Minneapolis to arrange his funeral, but slowly they discover that perhaps they didn’t know Lumpy as well as they thought. The Minnesota-shot feature costars Jess Weixler (“The Normals”), Tyler Labine (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) and Shelley Long (of TV’s “Cheers.”) It’s the first feature for writer/director Ted Koland, a Minneapolis native with extensive TV writing credits.
“We're thrilled and honored to host Justin,” said TCFF head Jatin Setia. “He's one of the most entertaining actors working today, and his more serious turn in 'Lumpy' represents the best work of his career, but because he filmed the majority of his performance right here in Minnesota. It is a brilliant example of why more productions should call this state their home base.” The film, one of the few in recent years to shoot in the state, located here because of the landscape (an ice-covered lake plays a key role in the story), the abundance of local acting talent, and a “snowbate” production incentive.
Long will participate on a panel on the film at 1 p.m. at the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel, 1500 Park Place Blvd., St. Louis Park. He’ll receive the TCFF Northstar Award for Excellence at the 8:30 p.m. screening at the Showplace Icon theater. For tickets, visit the festival website.
[Photo: James Ramsay]