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2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards Screenings

The 30th-annual Film Independent Spirit Awards celebrates artist-driven cinema and recognizes the finest achievements of today’s dynamic filmmakers. In advance of the awards ceremony in Los Angeles on February 21, members of the Walker and Independent Filmmaker Project MN (IFP MN) have a chance to see the nominated films in four categories—Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best Documentary, and the John Cassavetes Award—for free.


Free tickets are available to general members at 5 pm on screening nights on a first-come, first-served basis; two tickets per membership. Please bring your membership card.

Beginning January 5, Walker Film Club and IFP MN members can reserve two free tickets in advance; ticket orders must be received by 12 noon on day of screening.

Best Feature

  • Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Richard Linklater, Boyhood
  • Ira Sachs, Love Is Strange
  • Ava DuVernay, Selma
  • Damien Chazelle, Whiplash

Best First Feature

  • Ana Lily Amirpour, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • Justin Simien, Dear White People
  • Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
  • Gillian Robespierre, Obvious Child
  • Anja Marquardt, She’s Lost Control

Best Documentary

  • Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, 20,000 Days on Earth
  • Laura Poitras, Citizenfour
  • Debra Granik, Stray Dog
  • Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and Wim Wenders, The Salt of the Earth
  • Orlando von Einsiedel, Virunga

John Cassavetes Award

  • Jeremy Saulnier, Blue Ruin
  • Eliza Hittman, It Felt Like Love
  • Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens, Land Ho!
  • Dave Boyle, Man from Reno
  • Chris Mason Johnson, Test

Screening Schedule

  • January 13
    It Felt Like Love, 6 pm
    Love Is Strange, 8 pm

  • January 14
    She’s Lost Control, 6 pm
    Selma, 8 pm

  • January 20
    Stray Dog, 6 pm
    Nightcrawler, 8 pm

  • January 21
    Virunga, 6 pm
    The Salt of the Earth, 8 pm

  • January 27
    Blue Ruin, 6 pm
    Citizenfour, 8 pm

  • January 28
    Test, 6 pm
    Dear White People, 8 pm

  • February 3
    20,000 Days on Earth, 6 pm
    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), 8 pm

  • February 4
    Man from Reno, 6 pm
    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, 8 pm

  • February 10
    Obvious Child, 6 pm
    Boyhood, 8 pm

  • February 11
    Land Ho!, 6 pm
    Whiplash, 8 pm

Dinner & Drinks

The Garden Café, adjacent to the Walker Cinema, is open until 8 pm each evening. Walker members save 10 percent on dining.

Art School: How do you make an indie film?

Sunday, January 11, 2 pm

This month’s Art School session features IFP MN executive director Andrew Peterson and filmmaker Shelli Ainsworth. $5/Walker members (free for Contributing members). Register here. To make a reservation, please register online or contact or 612.375.7655.

Walker Film Club: Same great benefits, new name.

Access to the Walker Film Club (formerly Walker Film Society) begins at the Contemporaries level ($175). Get advance reservations for screenings and premieres, invites to receptions with film luminaries, and more.