It is that time of the month again, when The Defenders rears its head over at The Trylon. This time my favorite film series in the Twin Cities is hosted by the eternally raspy Keri Noble, who has promised me that she will not be showing a movie starring sparkly vampires. Though I have it on good authority that it was very difficult for her to resist that kind of temptation. Oh God, I hope it isn’t a Ken Russell movie. Shit, I bet it’s a Ken Russell movie. Nevertheless, stop by the Trylon tomorrow at 7 pm for your chance to take part in a potentially ridiculous film and some great conversation afterwards.
The idea of “The Defenders” started in 2008, when Jim Brunzell went to the Seattle Int’l Film Festival and wanted to participate in SIFF’s, “Secret Festival” of films that can only be seen, once the patron has signed a waiver, making sure they don’t speak of the “secret title”. “The Defenders” is set-up in similar fashion as titles are not announced until the lights in the theater dim and audience members do not know what they are going to be watching until the opening credits show up. Each “Defender” is given the task of selecting a “secret film” that is either considered, a “forgotten gem”, a “guilty pleasure” or an “under-the-radar classic” and defending their choice to an audience after the film ends.
Past “Defenders” have included Star Tribune film critic Colin Covert, MPR’s “Movie Maven” Stephanie Curtis and Motion City Soundtrack singer/guitarist Justin Pierre.