Regional Premiere of “The Hero” at FFF17

The Fargo Film Festival is thrilled to announce that Brett Haley’s Sundance hit “The Hero” will be screened at the 2017 Fargo Film Festival prior to its national release.

Starring Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman, Krysten Ritter, and Katharine Ross, “The Hero” marks writer/director Brett Haley’s (I’ll See You in My Dreams) return with another sharply observed exploration of aging.  Lee Hayden (Elliott) is a Western film icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him.  He spends his days reliving old glories and getting high with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Offerman, Parks and Recreation).  When Lee receives a surprise cancer diagnosis, his priorities come into sharp focus.  He soon strikes up an exciting relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Prepon, Orange Is the New Black) and attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Ritter, Jessica Jones).  All the while, Lee searches for one final role to cement his legacy.

“The Hero” will be shown at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 24 at The Fargo Theatre.

A conversation with producer Erik Rommesmo and executive producer Jeff Schlossman will follow the screening.

Tickets and Fargo Film Festival passes go on sale Monday, March 6 exclusively at the Fargo Theatre box office.

FFF17 Official Selections and Category Winners Announced

The Fargo Film Festival is proud to announce the official selections and category winners for 2017. Congratulations to all the moviemakers for their remarkable achievements.

Winner: Taking Flight
Honorable Mention: White Out

Official Selections
The Invisible Truth
Lingua Absentia
The Massage
Panic Attack
Quitting Time
Trial & Error
Witch Doctor


Documentary Feature
Winner: Nana
Honorable Mention: A Plastic Ocean

Official Selections
24-Hour Comic
The Nine
Swim Team
Walk with Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith


Documentary Short
Winner: Refugee
Honorable Mention: Throw

Official Selections
All the Presidents’ Heads
Bacon & God’s Wrath
Being Seen
The Boxer
The Collection
Death and Life
Finding the A.J. Goddard: A Tale of Modern Discovery
Henny’s Opus in B Minor
Rats: A Documentary
Riding the Highline
These C*cksucking Tears
Uncle Albert
We’re Not White


Winner: Gratus
Honorable Mention: The Trader

Official Selections
A Chimerical Illusion
Circles: A Poem in Three Parts
Dancing Queen
London NGC 6744
The Mountain Funeral
Moving Pictures
Toogies Trip to Bukuokuka


Narrative Feature
Winner: Always Shine
Honorable Mention: It Had to Be You
Honorable Mention: Josephine

Official Selections
Adult Life Skills
Claire in Motion
Donald Cried
The Master Cleanse
The Other Kids
Rebellious Girl


Narrative Short
Winner: Bon Voyage
Honorable Mention: Rated

Official Selections
The Backroom
Black Ring
Cold Storage
Duffy’s Jacket
The Great White Storm
Kill Your Dinner
The Last One
Like a Butterfly
Millennium: Eternal Sunrise
Mister Massive and the Super Squad
Nkosi Coiffure
Sixty-Five Drive
Thanks for Dancing
They Will All Die in Space
Thunder Road
Under a Different Sky, Your Sky, My Sky
Walking Home
What Remains


Winner Best Student Narrative: The Little Dictator
Winner Best Student Documentary: The Search
Honorable Mention: None of That

Official Selections
The French Revolution
Happiest Place on Earth
Light Drifter
Lotus Gun
No Cleaner Threads
An Object at Rest
Rabbit Blood
The Servants
Silentium Dei
Wall, Crevice, Tear

2-Minute Movie Contest Returns to FFF17

The 2-Minute Movie Contest returns to the Fargo Film Festival on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 9:30 p.m.

Admission is two dollars.

Submissions to the 2-Minute Movie Contest are open until Friday, February 24, 2017.

Moviemakers may submit only one film for consideration, and there is no guarantee of exhibition.

Flash drives with a self-contained movie file can be dropped off at the Fargo Theatre box office or contestants can email a link to a downloadable Vimeo file to gregcarlson1[at] by 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

Total running time may not exceed 120 seconds, including any credits.