Gangsterland News

Bickbullet holeGangsterland coffee combines Twin Cities man's two loves
March 24, 2015 profiles Bick about Gangsterland Coffee and his career that led him to Minnesota. Read the entire interview

bullet holeGangsterland Coffee will be served at the Weaver Rummage Sale in Maplewood
February 23, 2015

This coming weekend Gangsterland Coffee will be served at the Weaver Rummage Sale in Maplewood!  We’ll have both High Octane and Morning Blend, plus 12 oz. bags of each for sale!  Movies too!  Stop by Saturday and Sunday started at 9am.  A portion of our proceeds goes to funding transportation for school field trips.


bullet hole Alive & Social Network talks coffee with Bick Smith
February 20, 2015

The Alive & Social Network features some of the biggest names in Twin Cities media.  Check this out.  BT from Go 96.3 along with his daughter Lydia chatted with Bick Smith from Gangsterland Coffee, Brian Turner, head chef at the famous Loon Cafe and Marcus Dorn, co-owner of Darby’s Pub and Grill.


bullet holeGangsterland Coffee served at St. Paul Winter Carnival
January 1, 2015

Gangsterland Coffee will be served during the St. Paul Winter Carnival on Saturday, January 31st! Look for a couple of well-dressed folks sampling our roasts during Family Day at the Landmark Center from Noon to 5pm! Gangsterland Coffee will also be for sale there along with the 2011 movie release “Gangsterland.”


bullet holeNew Coffee Brand rich in Minnesota History
December 3, 2014

A St. Paul area company offers history lessons with your Cup of Joe. CyBick Creative, producers of the Minnesota-made 2011 movie “Gangsterland” is debuting a new line of coffee. “We made ‘Gangsterland’ to set history straight about Minnesota’s dark little historical secret,” says writer/director Bick Smith. “During filming we also drank a lot of coffee.” So, after extensive taste-tests the crew came up with a variety of brews made to warm you up and please the palate. Initial offerings include a darker house blend called “High Octane.” “Morning Blend” is a lighter roast and “All Business Blend” is decaffeinated. Smith says more roasts are on the way in 2015.

“Gangsterland” coffee is roasted fresh in the Twin Cities. Smith adds, “This will remind some folks that a cup of coffee tastes a lot better now than it did during the Great Depression.”


book Run Rabbit Runbullet holeNew Book Release
July 10, 2013

You've got to see this! It's the brand new release about a member of the Barker/Karpis Gang...the Edna Murray Story written by her granddaughter Pam Paden Tippet! Check it out!


bullet holeGangsterland T-Shirts now Available

These 100% cotton shirts are pre-shrunk, featuring a vintage 1932 Ford heading down the dusty back roads of Minnesota. They are available in Small, Medium, Large and X-Large.


bullet hole See Gangsterland on the big screen at Saint Paul's Hamline University.

Plus, a live discussion with stars and director too! Friday, November 18th at 7pm at Klas Center's Kay Fredericks Room. A portion of proceeds goes to the Saint Paul Police Historical Society. Seating is limited - more details coming soon!


bullet hole Mounds Theatre rebooks Gangsterland Movie for second run in August

Back by popular demand!

August 11th - 7:30pm
August 12th - 7:30pm
August 13th - 7pm & 9pm
August 14th - 2pm

5 Showings of the critically-acclaimed movie Gangsterland return to the Historic Mounds Theatre!

The documentary-style movie about 1930's criminals in Minnesota is followed by a panel discussion including the movie's director, actors and gangster historians. Bring your own stories to share!

Tickets are $10 at the door or buy online, click here to order.


bullet holeGangsterland Featured on KARE-TV 11


bullet holeLocally made Gangsterland looks at St. Paul's hoodlum heritage

If you've ever taken one of those gangster tours of St. Paul, you're the audience for "Gangsterland," an odd but intriguing short film about the city's hoodlum heritage. Bick Smith's handsome, locally made film features actors who address the camera, documentary-style, in the guises of John Dillinger, former St. Paul Police Chief John J. O'Connor and others, to tell the story of the period in the '30s when St. Paul police and notorious gangsters had an agreement that made Minnesota a hotbed of crime. The 41-minute film lacks the polish of bigger-budget efforts, but some of the performances are excellent and you do get a feel for the era, much as you would if you attended a re-enactment at a historic site. The film will be available on DVD starting Friday at, and there's a public screening at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the geographically appropriate Historic Mounds Theatre, 1029 Hudson Rd., St. Paul. Tickets are $8. - Chris Hewitt, Twin Cities Pioneer Press


bullet hole Announcing the world premiere public screening of Gangsterland at the historic Mounds Theater

Meet the gangsters who came to Minnesota in the early 1930’s. Saint Paul had a system which allowed criminals free reign. Alvin “Creepy” Karpis, Edna Murray “The Kissing Bandit,” the Barkers and John Dillinger were among those who made money the old-fashioned stealing it.

In the 40-minute documentary-style movie, “Gangsterland,” Depression-era criminals come back to life as they talk about some of their biggest jobs, toughest situations and their greatest fears. “Gangsterland” captures a dark, chaotic time when the Depression, Prohibition and ruthless outlaws all converged on Minnesota.

A special public showing Wednesday, May 18th - 7pm

Followed by meet and greet with actors and the director Plus, a discussion of the 1930’s gangster era.