The Trylon is often the spot to catch classics of the genre, from Italian New Wave to spaghetti Western, but tonight it hosts a screening of “Nicotine,” a local filmmaker’s second effort at the silver screen. The product of MCAD, Justin Ayd was the longtime projectionist at the Willow Creek Theater in Golden Valley, until he took up filmmaking as an outlet from his 9-to-5 (5-to-9?), though the rapid modernization of the film industry made it a worthy Plan B to his main gig. He put the finishing touches on “Nicotine” last winter and debuted it at his home theater, but tonight it’ll see a larger swath of the Cities in South Minneapolis.
It’s an ambiguous creation, influenced by many of the films shown on the very same screen that it’ll be projected on tonight (The Long Goodbye, Opening Night), centering around a group of grade school friends approaching their 30th birthdays. The inner life is difficult to translate to film, but Ayd manages a full psychological exploration in 120-odd minutes. Preview the flick and grab a seat tonight for a fuller picture of the Twin Cities arts scene. 7 p.m. $8. –EK
Trylon Microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls., 612-424-5468, take-up.org