May 5, 2022 - Things to Do

Get ready to yell at short film fest Scream It Off Screen

A drawing of a large mouth with the words scream it off screen on it.
Scream It Off Screen takes over the Parkway Theater the first Friday of every month. Photo: Scream It Off Screen

Scream It Off Screen, one of the weirdest and most passionate events I've ever attended, returns this Friday.

How it works: Organizers of this monthly(ish) short film festival randomly pick 15 entries to screen at the Parkway Theater, sight unseen.

  • The twist: The audience gets a say (or a scream) in which film wins a giant $101.01 check.

Details: About halfway through the film, organizers turn on an ominous red light and wheel out a gong. The audience has to scream "GONG" or "LET IT PLAY" as loud as they can to decide the film's fate.

  • If the loudest vote gong, organizers end the film immediately. The latter, well, you get to watch the whole thing.
  • The winner is later picked from the surviving videos via a sound level meter.

My experience: I attended February's competition and, to echo the words of a fellow attendee, I'd never seen Minnesotans this aggressive about anything.

The results: The Pop-Tart video won — only because the sci-fi director didn't show up.

  • If this sounds like your thing, get your tickets to Friday night's Scream It Off Screen at the Parkway Theater.
avatar

Get more local stories in your inbox with Axios Twin Cities.

🌱

Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more

More Twin Cities stories

No stories could be found

Twin Citiespostcard

Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Twin Cities.

🌱

Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more