EgoFest, 7 Shot Symphony, Super Mario meets Michael Bay

7shotsymphony.JPGImage courtesy Live Action Set. Photo credit: Noah Bremer

This week’s hounds sniff out an indie film fest in Brainerd, a western of mythic proportions and a Super Mario Brothers/ Michael Bay mash-up.

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lisajordan.JPGIt’s not Sundance or Cannes, but Brainerd fiber artist Lisa Jordan thinks EgoFest is a pretty nifty short film festival. EgoFest, which is in its second year, will be held at the CLC Chalberg Theatre on the campus of Central Lakes College in Brainerd on Friday, March 18th and Saturday, March 19th. The festival features filmmakers from across the U.S. and Canada.

courtneymclean.JPGImprov artist, actor and musician Courtney McClean is in the mood for some comic relief this weekend, which is why Courtney’s seeking out Comedy Suitcase’s “Michael Bay’s Super Mario Armageddon.” Courtney says the show satirizes blockbuster action flicks and video game geekdom while reminding you why both are so popular. On stage through March 26 at the Bryant Lake Bowl.

jen scott.JPGLive Action Set’s 7-Shot Symphony is like a movie western, says Twin Cities theater and improv artist Jen Scott, only the cowboys are mythic heroes from nearly every culture around the globe. Jen says Live Action Set’s ability to create images with physical theater is magical. You can see it at the Loring Theater (formerly the Music Box Theater) in Minneapolis through March 27.

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