Surly Cinema

We’re bringing movies back to Surly this summer. Every Monday night, Surly Cinema will be showing movies in our Beer Garden. Our theme this summer is blockbusters (and a couple that should have been). Bring your towel or lawn chair, snag some food and grab a beer from one of our conveniently located Beer Garden stations, and enjoy the show. Free to attend!

June 3, 2019 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (The Original)
June 10, 2019 Gremlins
June 17, 2019 Jurassic Park
June 24, 2019 Jaws
July 1, 2019 The Goonies
July 8, 2019 Big Lebowski
July 15, 2019 Top Gun
July 22, 2019 Dirty Dancing
July 29, 2019 Ghostbusters
August 5, 2019 Clueless
August 12, 2019 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
August 19, 2019 Raiders of the Lost Ark
August 26, 2019 Best In Show

Surly Cinema

We’re bringing movies back to Surly this summer. Every Monday night, Surly Cinema will be showing movies in our Beer Garden. Our theme this summer is blockbusters (and a couple that should have been). Bring your towel or lawn chair, snag some food and grab a beer from one of our conveniently located Beer Garden stations, and enjoy the show. Free to attend!

June 3, 2019 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (The Original)
June 10, 2019 Gremlins
June 17, 2019 Jurassic Park
June 24, 2019 Jaws
July 1, 2019 The Goonies
July 8, 2019 Big Lebowski
July 15, 2019 Top Gun
July 22, 2019 Dirty Dancing
July 29, 2019 Ghostbusters
August 5, 2019 Clueless
August 12, 2019 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
August 19, 2019 Raiders of the Lost Ark
August 26, 2019 Best In Show

Surly Cinema

We’re bringing movies back to Surly this summer. Every Monday night, Surly Cinema will be showing movies in our Beer Garden. Our theme this summer is blockbusters (and a couple that should have been). Bring your towel or lawn chair, snag some food and grab a beer from one of our conveniently located Beer Garden stations, and enjoy the show. Free to attend!

June 3, 2019 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (The Original)
June 10, 2019 Gremlins
June 17, 2019 Jurassic Park
June 24, 2019 Jaws
July 1, 2019 The Goonies
July 8, 2019 Big Lebowski
July 15, 2019 Top Gun
July 22, 2019 Dirty Dancing
July 29, 2019 Ghostbusters
August 5, 2019 Clueless
August 12, 2019 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
August 19, 2019 Raiders of the Lost Ark
August 26, 2019 Best In Show

Surly Cinema

We’re bringing movies back to Surly this summer. Every Monday night, Surly Cinema will be showing movies in our Beer Garden. Our theme this summer is blockbusters (and a couple that should have been). Bring your towel or lawn chair, snag some food and grab a beer from one of our conveniently located Beer Garden stations, and enjoy the show. Free to attend!

June 3, 2019 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (The Original)
June 10, 2019 Gremlins
June 17, 2019 Jurassic Park
June 24, 2019 Jaws
July 1, 2019 The Goonies
July 8, 2019 Big Lebowski
July 15, 2019 Top Gun
July 22, 2019 Dirty Dancing
July 29, 2019 Ghostbusters
August 5, 2019 Clueless
August 12, 2019 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
August 19, 2019 Raiders of the Lost Ark
August 26, 2019 Best In Show

Surly Cinema

We’re bringing movies back to Surly this summer. Every Monday night, Surly Cinema will be showing movies in our Beer Garden. Our theme this summer is blockbusters (and a couple that should have been). Bring your towel or lawn chair, snag some food and grab a beer from one of our conveniently located Beer Garden stations, and enjoy the show. Free to attend!

June 3, 2019 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (The Original)
June 10, 2019 Gremlins
June 17, 2019 Jurassic Park
June 24, 2019 Jaws
July 1, 2019 The Goonies
July 8, 2019 Big Lebowski
July 15, 2019 Top Gun
July 22, 2019 Dirty Dancing
July 29, 2019 Ghostbusters
August 5, 2019 Clueless
August 12, 2019 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
August 19, 2019 Raiders of the Lost Ark
August 26, 2019 Best In Show

Surly Cinema

We’re bringing movies back to Surly this summer. Every Monday night, Surly Cinema will be showing movies in our Beer Garden. Our theme this summer is blockbusters (and a couple that should have been). Bring your towel or lawn chair, snag some food and grab a beer from one of our conveniently located Beer Garden stations, and enjoy the show. Free to attend!

June 3, 2019 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (The Original)
June 10, 2019 Gremlins
June 17, 2019 Jurassic Park
June 24, 2019 Jaws
July 1, 2019 The Goonies
July 8, 2019 Big Lebowski
July 15, 2019 Top Gun
July 22, 2019 Dirty Dancing
July 29, 2019 Ghostbusters
August 5, 2019 Clueless
August 12, 2019 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
August 19, 2019 Raiders of the Lost Ark
August 26, 2019 Best In Show

Surly Cinema

We’re bringing movies back to Surly this summer. Every Monday night, Surly Cinema will be showing movies in our Beer Garden. Our theme this summer is blockbusters (and a couple that should have been). Bring your towel or lawn chair, snag some food and grab a beer from one of our conveniently located Beer Garden stations, and enjoy the show. Free to attend!

June 3, 2019 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (The Original)
June 10, 2019 Gremlins
June 17, 2019 Jurassic Park
June 24, 2019 Jaws
July 1, 2019 The Goonies
July 8, 2019 Big Lebowski
July 15, 2019 Top Gun
July 22, 2019 Dirty Dancing
July 29, 2019 Ghostbusters
August 5, 2019 Clueless
August 12, 2019 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
August 19, 2019 Raiders of the Lost Ark
August 26, 2019 Best In Show

Surly Cinema

We’re bringing movies back to Surly this summer. Every Monday night, Surly Cinema will be showing movies in our Beer Garden. Our theme this summer is blockbusters (and a couple that should have been). Bring your towel or lawn chair, snag some food and grab a beer from one of our conveniently located Beer Garden stations, and enjoy the show. Free to attend!

June 3, 2019 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (The Original)
June 10, 2019 Gremlins
June 17, 2019 Jurassic Park
June 24, 2019 Jaws
July 1, 2019 The Goonies
July 8, 2019 Big Lebowski
July 15, 2019 Top Gun
July 22, 2019 Dirty Dancing
July 29, 2019 Ghostbusters
August 5, 2019 Clueless
August 12, 2019 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
August 19, 2019 Raiders of the Lost Ark
August 26, 2019 Best In Show

Surly Cinema Big Lebowski

We’re bringing movies back to Surly this summer. Every Monday night, Surly Cinema will be showing movies in our Beer Garden. Our theme this summer is blockbusters (and a couple that should have been). Bring your towel or lawn chair, snag some food and grab a beer from one of our conveniently located Beer Garden stations, and enjoy the show. Free to attend!

MOVIE: The Big Lebowski. Brandt can’t watch though.

PRIZE: Attendees will be eligible to win this actual for-real Surly bowling ball, which can be rolled on Shabbos or any other day.

NOTE: This movie contains rough language and some nudity, so if you’re bringing the kids, be forewarned. They might be out of their element.

Surly Cinema

We’re bringing movies back to Surly this summer. Every Monday night, Surly Cinema will be showing movies in our Beer Garden. Our theme this summer is blockbusters (and a couple that should have been). Bring your towel or lawn chair, snag some food and grab a beer from one of our conveniently located Beer Garden stations, and enjoy the show. Free to attend!

June 3, 2019 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (The Original)
June 10, 2019 Gremlins
June 17, 2019 Jurassic Park
June 24, 2019 Jaws
July 1, 2019 The Goonies
July 8, 2019 Big Lebowski
July 15, 2019 Top Gun
July 22, 2019 Dirty Dancing
July 29, 2019 Ghostbusters
August 5, 2019 Clueless
August 12, 2019 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
August 19, 2019 Raiders of the Lost Ark
August 26, 2019 Best In Show

Surly Cinema

We’re bringing movies back to Surly this summer. Every Monday night, Surly Cinema will be showing movies in our Beer Garden. Our theme this summer is blockbusters (and a couple that should have been). Bring your towel or lawn chair, snag some food and grab a beer from one of our conveniently located Beer Garden stations, and enjoy the show. Free to attend!

June 3, 2019 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (The Original)
June 10, 2019 Gremlins
June 17, 2019 Jurassic Park
June 24, 2019 Jaws
July 1, 2019 The Goonies
July 8, 2019 Big Lebowski
July 15, 2019 Top Gun
July 22, 2019 Dirty Dancing
July 29, 2019 Ghostbusters
August 5, 2019 Clueless
August 12, 2019 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
August 19, 2019 Raiders of the Lost Ark
August 26, 2019 Best In Show

Surly Cinema

We’re bringing movies back to Surly this summer. Every Monday night, Surly Cinema will be showing movies in our Beer Garden. Our theme this summer is blockbusters (and a couple that should have been). Bring your towel or lawn chair, snag some food and grab a beer from one of our conveniently located Beer Garden stations, and enjoy the show. Free to attend!

June 3, 2019 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (The Original)
June 10, 2019 Gremlins
June 17, 2019 Jurassic Park
June 24, 2019 Jaws
July 1, 2019 The Goonies
July 8, 2019 Big Lebowski
July 15, 2019 Top Gun
July 22, 2019 Dirty Dancing
July 29, 2019 Ghostbusters
August 5, 2019 Clueless
August 12, 2019 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
August 19, 2019 Raiders of the Lost Ark
August 26, 2019 Best In Show

Surly Cinema

We’re bringing movies back to Surly this summer. Every Monday night, Surly Cinema will be showing movies in our Beer Garden. Our theme this summer is blockbusters (and a couple that should have been). Bring your towel or lawn chair, snag some food and grab a beer from one of our conveniently located Beer Garden stations, and enjoy the show. Free to attend!

June 3, 2019 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (The Original)
June 10, 2019 Gremlins
June 17, 2019 Jurassic Park
June 24, 2019 Jaws
July 1, 2019 The Goonies
July 8, 2019 Big Lebowski
July 15, 2019 Top Gun
July 22, 2019 Dirty Dancing
July 29, 2019 Ghostbusters
August 5, 2019 Clueless
August 12, 2019 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
August 19, 2019 Raiders of the Lost Ark
August 26, 2019 Best In Show

Wayne’s World director Penelope Spheeris reflects on film’s 25th anniversary

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Wayne’s World is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a limited re-release in theaters // Image courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Whether it’s recent remakes of “Ghostbusters,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” or the 26th version of “Batman,” it can feel like there really aren’t “new” movie ideas coming out of Hollywood anymore.

In fact, the remakes of great movies of the ‘80s and ‘90s have been remade so many times that at this point it’s hard to remember what movies we actually enjoyed growing up.

However, there are a few rare cinematic gems that have not only stood the test of time, but have managed to grow in popularity and nostalgia with each passing year. One of those films is “Wayne’s World.”

The SNL skit-turned movie franchise that launched the A-list careers of Mike Myers and Dana Carvey turns 25 this year, and to celebrate this most excellent occasion, the iconic film will return to theaters on February 7–8, complete with behind the scenes features and interviews with the cast and crew, plus all of the same headbanging, pelvic-thrusting charm that made audiences fall in love with Wayne and Garth back in the ‘90s.

“Those were happier times back then,” says director Penelope Spheeris when asked about the reason the film has stood up for more than two decades. “Times are tougher now; people are more negative. Plus there just aren’t that many good movies these days.”

Spheeris was responsible for helming the ship on the original “Wayne’s World” film, turning a funny five-minute weekly SNL sketch into a full-length feature universe. The film was a box office smash, but Spheeris famously fell out with burgeoning star Mike Myers, after rejecting his edits of the final cut. While their off-screen relationship may have turned tumultuous, no one can question her ability to bring some of the movie’s funniest and most iconic moments to life.

“I remember that Mike and Dana didn’t want to do the headbanging scene,” she laughs. “They were complaining that their necks hurt and that it wasn’t even funny. I enjoyed torturing them.”

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Penelope Spheeris on the set of Wayne’s World // Photo via penelopespheeris.com

Though “torture” may be a tad sarcastic, Myers himself admits that Spheeris was responsible for jokes that would become etched in pop culture history.

“Mike admits that he didn’t know if the jokes would work,” she recalls. “When Stacy gets hit by the car, for example. He didn’t think it was funny and that’s one of the most iconic moments that people remember.”

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Wayne’s World is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a limited re-release in theaters // Image courtesy of Paramount Pictures

While numerous theatres across Minnesota will be joining in the celebration and showing the film and special features on the big screen, major celebrations like a six-month blowout in the real town of Aurora, Illinois, (where the film is set) are popping up across the country, featuring everything from photo ops and costume contests, to headbanging competitions and World Record attempts.

Spheeris is quick to say that she’s proud of the film and is happy it’s getting the star-treatment for its 25th anniversary, she also admits that she doesn’t travel down memory lane all that often. Or really, ever.

“I watched the movie at the Village Theater [in Los Angeles] in 1992. That was the opening of the film. I haven’t seen it since,” she says. “I like to be in the now and not think about what I did in the past.”

As for whether or not she’d be willing to do a sequel or remake of the film, Spheeris is understandably underwhelmed.

“I guess if Mike and Dana were going to do it, I would,” she says thoughtfully. “Really, that film was the result of the stars lining up and getting the right people, times, and places together. It was once in a lifetime. It was special.”

Click here to find a theater near your screening the film and purchase tickets.

Snowbate: The vital program keeping filmmaking alive in Minnesota

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Christopher Lloyd in “I Am Not A Serial Killer,” which is set in Virginia, Minnesota // Photo courtesy of teasertrailer.com

In his first scene in the film “I am Not a Serial Killer,” Minnesota actor Tim Russell, playing Olson the Barber, encounters a character played by Christopher Lloyd who asks Olson to dance with his wife. Lloyd’s character is happily married; however, he needs new body parts to continue his 600-year existence. Russell’s character is a champion dancer from South Dakota, so his strong, athletic legs look enticing for the movie’s villain. Set at a VFW in Virginia, Minnesota, you can guess what will happen to poor Olson.

“I am Not a Serial Killer” is one of the latest in a crop of feature films to benefit from Snowbate, a Minnesota tax incentive program. Snowbate started in 1997 in the wake of a string of successful projects (“The Mighty Ducks,” “Fargo,” “Grumpy Old Men”) that were brought to the state by the Minnesota Film and TV Board. Snowbate was cut in 2002, reinstated in 2006, then cut again in 2010. Three years ago, it was revived with a $10 million boost from the legislature, and today supports feature films, documentaries, music videos, television programs, commercials, and internet videos made in Minnesota.

Awarded on a first come, first serve basis, reimbursements from Snowbate are available to filmmakers who can provide a budget, script, proof of funding, and are incorporated, says Lucinda Winter, executive director of the Minnesota Film and TV Board, which administers the program. The board doesn’t approve applications based on content, with the exception that projects must be made in Minnesota and can’t be pornographic, according to the federal definition, Winter says. From there, they are either awarded a reimbursement of 20 percent (for films shot within the seven-county metro area), or 25 percent (for films shot outside the metro area, or for projects with budgets over $1 million).

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Another still from “I Am Not a Serial Killer” // Photo courtesy SXSW

According to Winter, there have been 160 projects that have come through Minnesota since the board received the $10 million boost in 2013, with projects being shot all over the state. During the last legislative session, the Snowbate program ended up getting an additional $4.5 million, according to Winter. That, despite an effort by House Republicans to defund the program. House Representative Pat Garofalo’s omnibus jobs and energy bill included no funding for Snowbate and sought to defund the Minnesota Film and TV board as well. But proponents of Snowbate prevailed, raising the budget for fiscal year 2017 to $6 million.

The 20−25-percent reimbursement is important, Winter says, because currently there are about 35 states that have some kind of incentive program. Other states, such as Georgia and Kentucky, have much more attractive incentive programs, usually because they offer higher percentages. (Kentucky reimburses up to 30 percent; in Georgia, non-residents may be compensated up to $500,000, according to Film Production Capitol, a tax credit brokerage company.) “I am competing with every one of them and I’m also competing with Canada,” Winter says. “If you do not have one of these incentives, you are not getting any business.”

Most recently, the FX series “Fargo” passed on Minnesota because of lack of funding. “The networks and the movie studios are very savvy to these rebates,” says Maria Awes, senior vice president of Committee Films, a production company headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Awes says both she and her husband, Andy Awes, the president and executive producer of the company, are from Minnesota and want to stay, but they need Snowbate incentives in order to stay competitive.

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Committee Films started in the basement of the couple’s home in Chaska. They received Snowbate funding for their first big TV special, called “Holy Grail in America,” about the Kensington Runestone, which ran on History Channel in 2009. They’ve gone on to produce numerous TV shows for cable and prime time networks, as well as commercials.

“Snowbate has been a huge boon to our ability to do production here in Minnesota,” says Awes. “It has allowed us to bring $25 million of production to the state.” While most people usually associate Snowbate with big movies that come to town to be filmed here, Awes says that as a television production company, they hire 25–30 people who work on their various ongoing shows. They also employ about 60 additional people for re-enactments like the ones they do for their new show “In an Instant,” which debuted on ABC on June 18, about real-life thrilling tales of survival.

Another production company, Tremendous Entertainment, which is also headquartered in the Twin Cities metro area, celebrates their 20th anniversary in Minnesota this year. Tremendous first took advantage of Snowbate funds when they were beginning production for “Bizarre Foods,” starring Andrew Zimmern, which is the longest-running series on the Travel Channel, according to Jane Durkee, vice president and COO of the company.

“When we started, Snowbate was certainly a help to reinforce the viability and credibility of production in Minnesota,” Durkee says. “Many of the networks at that time were only familiar with working with companies that were based on either coast. Snowbate definitely helped us establish our production networks with the major companies.”

Tremendous films all around the U.S. and the world, but many of their shoots do take place in Minnesota. Often, Tremendous has a Minnesota-based crew that travels with the shoot, though they do hire on-location assistance, too, Durkee says.

While production companies like Tremendous and Committee provide the jobs that fuel the Minnesota economy over the long term, big-budget Hollywood films, like the 2015 Woody Harrelson movie “Wilson,” or this summer’s “Spinning Man,” which is being filmed in St. Paul and Stillwater, provide great opportunities for local actors and crew members, and help raise the bar for the Minnesota industry.

Next page: Hollywood comes to MN

A Blind Tasting beer festival

Taste & Rate 48 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Sept. 20, 2019 | 5:30–9pm
Upper Landing Park
Tickets: GA $40 | DD $20