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Artistic Director - Emeritus

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The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul
125 Southeast Main Street
Minneapolis , Minnesota 55414
United States

Company Description: The MISSION of The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul is to foster a knowledgeable and vibrant appreciation of the art of film through a commitment to exhibiting...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    University Film Society
  • Founder
    U Film Society
  • Curmudgeonly Founder
    U Film Society
  • Director
  • Founder
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Al Milgrom, Artistic ..., 27 Oct 2013 [cached]
Al Milgrom, Artistic Director - Emeritus
ABOUT US | The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, 2 Oct 2012 [cached]
Al Milgrom Artistic Director & Co-Programmer
Shiomi's fellow honorees are Al ..., 25 July 2008 [cached]
Shiomi's fellow honorees are Al Milgrom, who founded the University Film Society in 1962 and has been called the godfather of Twin Cities cinema.He was honored for commitment.
Ufilm - Home, 4 June 2003 [cached]
The Film Society was founded in 1962 by its present-day Artistic Director, Albert Milgrom, who was a graduate student at the U when he started showing films on a white-painted concrete wall with 8mm and 16mm projectors.For the first several years, it was Milgrom and a few faithful dozen who felt lucky to grab, every once in a while, a previously unknown film from Europe, South America, Africa, or elsewhere.
REEL TRADITION, REAL TROUBLE - Minnesota Daily, 26 Jan 2006 [cached]
As financial woes threaten Oak Street Cinema, film lover Al Milgrom reflects on its heritage - and the future
As the embattled Oak Street Cinema faces financial insecurity, Milgrom is left to reflect on its rich past and uncertain future.
Al Milgrom of the Minnesota Film Arts lines his office with file cabinets containing thousands of films in alphabetical order.
"We're just trying to get back on track here," Milgrom said, sitting in his office cluttered with film history."It's lost a lot of money."
As the organization's festival program director, he is supposed to spend his time planning events like the annual International Film Festival.But with the recent departure of several staffers, he instead finds himself brainstorming ways to energize a tradition begun in part by his efforts four decades ago.
Milgrom, 83, opens a few drawers of the half-dozen green metal filing cabinets that line the room.The cabinets contain some 5,000 titles - every film ever shown at the Bell Auditorium, the Oak Street's sister theater under the Minnesota Film Arts umbrella.
In each drawer and each phrase, Milgrom is steeped in film lore and can trace the Oak Street Cinema back to the days before it held that name.
Milgrom is inextricably linked to the theater's past.It was he who founded the University Film Society in 1962 as an idealistic graduate student.
Milgrom was an international journalist before foraying into film, and his travels led to an appreciation of foreign film.Other journalists were interested too, "so we formed this society to fill the gaps," he said.
Milgrom is perplexed.He's part of an earlier generation that experienced the theater and wonders what is happening to a once grand medium.
"There's something to be said about the theatrical experience, about what cinema means as an experience," he said."Where's this new generation going?
Milgrom agreed with the patrons, but worried aloud that much of the moviegoing public doesn't see it that way.
"When shove comes to push, people have to come in and see the movies," he said."It's not that I'm trying to beat up on the audience - they're just missing an enriching experience."
Milgrom and the dwindling staff at Minnesota Film Arts are now trying to rebuild that following at the Oak Street, he explains.
He hopes a promotion grid of showtimes will help.He finished drafting the copy Friday afternoon - not on the Apple computer that sits idly on his desk, but on the 30-year-old typewriter he still uses, even for a simple office task like this one.
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