MSUM alum premieres two short films in two Twin Cities film festivals

MSUM alum Conor Holt will screen two short films at Twin Cities-based film festivals this October: “Storytime” at the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival on Oct. 5 at 4 p.m., and “A Better Life” at the Twin Cities Film Fest on Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. Both films are part of Minnesota-made shorts programs. Tickets range from $8 to $10, and can be purchased online at and

Holt graduated this spring with a Bachelors of Arts in Film Studies from the Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies department. “Storytime” and “A Better Life” are two of his student film projects. “Storytime” is a tragic horror film about a a father telling his daughter a bedtime story that may not be far from the truth. “A Better Life” is a science-fiction drama about a woman caring for her comatose husband using an experimental medical treatment that compels her to reevaluate their relationship.

“Storytime” premiered at the South Dakota Film Festival last weekend. “A Better Life” premiered at the Fargo Film Festival in March, and won Best in Show and Best Screenplay at MSUM’s spring semester Juried Film Exhibition.

Holt is currently living in Los Angeles, Calif., looking for work in the film industry.