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Underground film festival opens tonight; three days, 62 films

The 2010 Minneapolis Underground Film Festival opens tonight at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, with a schedule of 62 films over the next three days. Many are world premieres and, in some cases, the filmmakers will be on hand to talk about their work.

Many are short — four or five minutes. Others run 80 or 90 minutes, or more.

The opening film tonight at 7 p.m. is the premiere of “Macumba” by Greg Yolen. The 17-minute film looks at a young American couple starting a new life in a Costa Rica, not realizing that powerful dark forces of black magic surround them.

A big draw at 8:30 p.m. tonight is the  “Minneapolis Project 2010,” produced by John Koch, and billed as "a cinematic panorama of life in Minneapolis consisting of 24 new original short films created by 20 Minnesota filmmakers with each filmmaker developing and producing a narrative film (or films) dedicated to a different Minneapolis neighborhood, landmark or unique place. The mission is to exhibit a cross-section of life and stories on film, and to collectively create a cinematic portrait of Minneapolis."

There's an opening night party tonight at Jasmine 26, at Nicollet and 26th.

All films will be shown at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2501 Stevens Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Individual show tickets are $9; festival pass is $49.

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