January 22 – 26, 2014 @ Winona State University, Winona, MN.

2009 films

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Sylvia Johnson  (30 Minutes)

Renato lives in a desperately poor neighborhood in Brazil that was built on an ocean fill called "Alagados," which literally means "flooded." He doesn't have it easy, but in trying to live a worthwhile life that will transcend the poverty that surrounds him, he embodies the indomitable spirit we celebrate at Frozen River.

Saturday / 10:30am in Somsen

Alaska Far Away

Joan Juster & Paul Hill  (90 Minutes)

 ALASKA FAR AWAY documents the epic resettlement of over 200 impoverished farm families from the upper Midwest to Alaska's fertile Matanuska Valley in 1935, under the auspices of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and the Federal Emergency Relief Administration.  Devastated by the Great Depression, the families left behind everything familiar for the uncertain prospects posed by the opportunity to start a new life in America's far-flung territory thousands of miles from home. ALASKA FAR AWAY offers a very personal look at the profound effect that New Deal policies had on the lives of ordinary Americans.

 In Person: Directors Joan Juster & Paul Hill

Saturday / 8:30pm in Somsen

American Outrage

Gage & Gage Productions  (56 Minutes)

American Outrage focuses on the Dann sisters and their fight to keep their Western Shoshone lands. In 1863, the Shoshone signed a treaty with the US allowing them to pass on their lands. That treaty, The Treaty of Ruby Valley, was a treaty of good faith and in no way signified that the Shoshone were giving up their lands. However, in 1974, Mary and Carrie Dann, elderly Shoshone grandmothers, found themselves accused of trespassing on their own land. The lengths that the government went to remove the Dann sisters and their livestock from their property is astounding.

Sunday / 3pm in SLC 120


Olivier Higgins & Melanie Carrier  (52 Minutes)

Traveling alone on bike from Mongolia, through Xinjiang and the Taklamakan Desert in China, across the mountains of Tibet and Nepal to the mouth of the Ganges in India, filmmakers Olivier Higgins and Melanie Carrier find themselves severely challenged physically and emotionally. Despite serious adversity, the couple never loses their joy of discovery nor thrill of living a dream. In the end, Asiemut is really a love story, simple and sweet, a tale of mutual respect and affection that never diminishes.

Saturday / 1pm in SLC 120

Blasted!!! The Gonzo Patriots of Hunter S. Thompson

Blue Kraning  (60 Minutes)

This fun-loving but poignant film is a tribute to Gonzo journalist, Hunter S. Thompson, and a document of how his legacy continues to live on in the hearts and minds of his fans. Blasted!!! follows the many "Gonzo Patriots" across America that volunteered their personally owned artillery to fulfill the good doctor's last wish to have his ashes fired from a cannon.  Before Johnny Depp became involved with the ceremony, and paid over 2 million dollars for a professional fireworks company to blast his friend's ashes from a 200 foot tall 'gonzo fist,' an essay contest was held by the Aspen Daily News (at the request of Hunter's family) to see who would be available to provide the service of firing his ashes.  Over 50 private cannon owners applied, but eventually, these men and women, who had come forward to fulfill the dying wish of their hero... were forgotten.
Until Now!

Saturday / 10:30am in Miller Auditorium
Saturday / 6pm in Performing Arts Center


Carlos Villarreal-Kwasek  (2 Minutes)

 This eerily animated short gives shape to the fear an ice climber feels when he is about to fall.

Wednesday / 7pm at Lourdes Hall
Thursday / 9pm at Salvi Lecture Hall in Saint Mary's Hall, SMU

Daily Strip

Ride the Planets  (5 Minutes)

A man sits in a pub alone, eavesdropping on a nearby group of extreme fellows. As the guys yell, exhort and brag about sick lines of champagne powder, ski-parachuting over huge cliffs and ice-climbing gnarly routes, their irked neighbor sketches their stories in his notebook. But in his versions, the men meet strange and moribund endings. Here's a hint: polar bears, vicious crows, menacing insects and alien spaceships.

Wednesday / 7pm at Lourdes Hall
Thursday / 9pm at Salvi Lecture Hall in Saint Mary's Hall, SMU

Drowning River

ML Lincoln  (21 Minutes)

No one is quite like Katie Lee. Her bold and tireless advocacy for natural spaces - especially her beloved Glen Canyon dam - is a testament to activism. Now her life's work is documented in a new film by ML Lincoln. Glen Canyon is buried under Lake Powell (actually a reservoir), but there's hope that someday it may be drained. Drowning River features interviews with friends of Edward Abbey and David Brower's last footage of Glen Canyon before it was flooded.

Saturday / 10:30am in Somsen

End of the Affair

Simon Gee & John Houlihan  (3 Minutes)

 Sometimes a relationship-no matter how hard you try to make it work, no matter how much time or energy you put into it, no matter how many times you go back for more-just wasn't meant to be. And the time comes to let it go. Any climber who's ever been shut down-despite repeat attempts-by a problem or difficult line knows this frustration. This humorous short captures the end of such an affair in just three minutes: the frustration, intensity, fatigue and, ultimately, the painful realization that it's just not going to work out.

Wednesday / 7pm at Lourdes Hall
Thursday / 9pm at Salvi Lecture Hall in Saint Mary's Hall, SMU

Everything's Cool

Daniel Gold, Judith Helfand, Chris Pilaro  (89 Minutes)

EVERYTHING'S COOL is a film about America finally "getting" global warming in the wake of the most dangerous chasm ever to emerge between scientific understanding and political action. While industry funded nay-sayers sing what just might be their swan song of pseudo- scientific deception, a group of global warming messengers are on a high stakes quest to find the iconic image, the magic language, the points of leverage that will finally create the political will to move the United States from its reliance on fossil fuels to the new clean energy economy - AND FAST.

Saturday / 8:30pm SLC 120

Flow: For the love of Water

Irena Salina  (93 Minutes)

 Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis.

Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.
Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question "CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?"
Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.

Thursday / 7:30pm in Somsen

Friends of the Elephant Seal

Channel G  (5 Minutes)

Friends of the Elephant Seal provides a captivating glimpse of a remarkable and majestic animal and also supports a marine conservation success story.

Saturday / 1pm in Somsen
Kidz' Adventure Film

Geirald: The 5 Legged Spider

Sam Rusztyn  (3 Minutes)

Geirald is a five-legged spider that is unable to spin functional webs until a miraculous event changes his life forever.

Saturday / 1pm Somsen
Kidz' Adventure Film


Holi Soepomo  (6 Minutes)

A little jazz mixed with some cool animation, Greenscapes is a visual treat that's almost meditative in its nature.

Saturday / 1pm in Somsen / Kidz' Adventure Film
Saturday / 6pm in Somsen

I Love Trash

David Brown  (30 Minutes)

Two young freegans are awarded a grant that pays their rent in a nice apartment for three months. Starting with nothing, they furnish the apartment, gather complete wardrobes, and feed themselves (very well) all without spending a cent. Come see this fascinating look into the world of the freegans, young people who live on the cast-offs of our throw-away culture.

Saturday / 10:30am in Miller Auditorium
Sunday / 1pm in SLC 120


Louie Schwartzberg  (5 Minutes)

Louie Schwartzberg is the leading pioneer in high-end, time-lapse cinematography. Over a 30-year career, he has garnered countless awards and major film credits. Schwartzberg's profound love for nature and the magic of light, and his wizardry for translating them to film, are succinctly and seamlessly displayed in Ice.

Saturday / 10:30am in SLC 120
Satuday / 1pm in Somsen / Kidz' Adventure Film

Karearea: the Pine Falcon

Sandy Crichton  (48 Minutes)

Wildlife photographer George Chance spent the 1970s following and studying the New Zealand Falcon; now some thirty years later he is suffering from ill health and going blind. Filmmaker Sandy Crichton gets ever closer to a remarkable wild population of falcons as he attempts to realize George's dream by adding movement to his photographs.

Saturday / 6pm in Somsen

Keeping The Lights On: Burning Coal to Make Electricity

Gretta Wing Miller  (29 Minutes)

Most people don't know how the electricity they use is produced. In Wisconsin, more than 70% of the electricity is produced by burning coal. Coal is abundant, and coal is cheap. But it is cheap only if the environmental and societal impacts are disregarded.'Keeping the Lights On' begins its look at the impacts of coal burning on the day that representatives from Dairyland Power Cooperative in Genoa, Wisconsin knocked on farmers' doors and told them, "Your farm has been chosen as a landfill site."

Friday / 2:30pm in Somsen

Losing the Elephants

Peck Euwer  (23 Minutes)

Welcome to Lek Chailert's Elephant Nature Park, where rescued animals come carrying physical injury and psychological pain. At the refuge, they are allowed to again be elephants - to socialize, raise families and develop friendships. These Asian Elephants (of which 35,000 are left on earth, half in captivity) often live for seven decades; they recognize themselves in a mirror; relationships are important to them; and, of course, they don't forget. As elephant caretaker Olivia Daniel says, "They are like people, but nicer." But what happens to one of the planet's largest and most intelligent mammals as Asia's population explodes and the animal's habitat is destroyed? There's only so much room at Lek Chailert's.

Saturday / 6pm in Somsen
Sunday / 10:30am in SLC 120


Jon Bailey  (20 Minutes)

The men of Mallethead live to play bike polo, a sport that takes crazy skill and crazier style. Be forewarned: They take no prisoners.

Wednesday / 7pm at Lourdes Hall
Thursday / 9pm at Salvi Lecture Hall in Saint Mary's Hall, SMU

Nisa (Mujeres)

Benet Roman  (10 Minutes)

In this documentary short, various Morrocan women give first person accounts of their present situation. The women range from a rural illiterate woman to a film director. All of them share their hope, lives, and problems. In Nisa, these women analyze their relationship with Islam, the government, their families and their daily lives, forming a lyrical portrait of the present day Morrocan woman.

Saturday / 10:30am in SLC 120
Saturday / 3:30pm in Miller Auditorium

Pennies For Peace

Greg Mortenson  (11 Minutes)

The Pennies for Peace program helps children learn to share and work together to become members of a global family dedicated to peace.

Saturday / 1pm in Somsen / Kidz' Adventure Film
Sunday / 10:30am in Performing Arts Center

Pickin' and Trimmin'

Matt Morris  (23 Minutes)

With the Walmartization of this country, small town America is changing quickly. This sweet and lovely short film about The Barbershop in Drexel, North Carolina, shows a bit of what we are losing. The atmosphere is laid back and the music is a cut above the rest. For over 40 years, its owners have been cutting hair and providing a gathering place for all who yearn for the good ol' days - a slice of small town America where if it isn't broke, don't fix it.

Saturday / 6pm in SLC 120
Sunday / 1pm Miller

Play Gravity

Samuel Gyger  (10 Minutes)

No matter how many adrenaline films you have seen, you will be astonished by the antics of these athletes. Headliners Ueli Kestenholz and Mathias Roten execute breathtaking paragliding acrobatics, freeride awesome lines in Alaska and learn to speedride (ski with a parachute).

Wednesday / 7pm at Lourdes Hall
Thursday / 9pm at Salvi Lecture Hall in Saint Mary's Hall, SMU
Saturday / 1pm in SLC 120

Random Lunacy

Victor Zimet & Stephanie Silber  (60 Minutes)

Movies like to pretend they're different, but Random Lunacy really is. The gifted filmmakers Victor Zimet ad Stephanie Silber have grabbed themselves a subject who can wiggle of any hook, so they avoid glib judgments and do the smart thing by wiggling along with him. The subject is Poppa Neutrino, the name David Pearlman has been calling himself for years. Using Poppa's own videos to augment their tale, Zimet and Silber throw us into a life that intoxicates, infuriates and leaves us panting for each unique and unforgettable adventure.

Saturday / 6pm in Performing Arts Center

Schooling the World: The White Man's Last Burden

Carol Black  (50 Minutes)

 Schooling the World takes a troubling, yet important, look at the often-harmful effects of Western education on indigenous cultures. Beautifully filmed in India this film will be an important voice in the conversation about globalization. If you want to have some of your basic assumptions called into question-which is worth doing every now and then-see this thoughtful and thought-provoking film.

Saturday / 1:00pm SLC 120


Stephen Hyde  (11 Minutes)

The term "snow cone" is not nearly as cool or fun or as perfect as its Peruvian translation "shikashika." Compared to what we get at a summer ball game or the country fair, shikashika is distinguished not by its name alone. The snow in this cone is for real. And it's not just any snow that makes a shikashika; it's pure glacial ice from a volcanic mountain. This sweet and simple film offers a cool glimpse of a sweet tradition from a land where culture has not yet been crippled by expectations of constant convenience.

Saturday / 1pm in Somsen / Kidz' Adventure Film

Soil In Good Heart: A Short Piece From a Full Length Project on the Mystery of Fertility

Deborah Koons Garcia  (14 Minutes)

Soil In Good Heart is a taste of a documentary currently in production by Deborah Koons Garcia, director of The Future of Food (2004).  Most people have no idea how important healthy soil is for the creation of healthy food and healthy people.  We are dependent on soil for most of our food, and how we use soil impacts current global challenges including climate change, resource depletion and peak oil.

Soil In Good Heart features renowned scientist Dr. Charles Benbrook, leading geomorphologist Dr. David R. Montgomery, physicist and activist Dr. Vandana Shiva, and organic farmers Klaas Martens and Peter Segger. The wisdom and experience of these dynamic individuals allow us to appreciate the mysterious nature of soil and the billions of organisms and relationships within it. This short film seeks to awaken the public to the importance of preserving and rebuilding this essential resource as the foundation of sustainable agriculture. We are all part of the soil community and we ignore this at our peril!

Saturday / 1pm in SLC 120

Sunday / 1pm in Somsen / Locavore Program

Spiders on Drugs

Andrew Struthers   (4 Minutes)

This is your spider. This is your spider on drugs. In this short from a parallel universe, researchers discover odd similarities between human and arachnid behavior after prolonged exposure to common psychoactive drugs.

Saturday / 6pm in SLC 120
Sunday / 1pm in Miller Auditorium

Sponsor Me, Jake

Vince Franke  (5 Minutes)

October. Somewhere in the East Coast. The National Weather Service reports that the summit of Mount Mansfield got .3 inches of snow overnight, the first snow of the year. And skier Justin Woods is hungry for it. Two thousand vertical feet of hiking later, he's there, standing in what turns out to be more like a half inch of pow pow. Yeow! What's a few core shots to the old rock skis when you're out schralping it? This homage to the early season itch takes snow lunacy to another level. Just watch out for that--ooooh--rock.

Wednesday / 7pm at Lourdes Hall
Thursday / 9pm at Salvi Lecture Hall in Saint Mary's Hall, SMU
Saturday / 10:30am Somsen

Spray: Window of Opportunity

Brian Solano  (15 Minutes)

 This short film follows Chris Lidner as he explores the coast, climbing difficult boulders with amazing fluidity and strength, before finding his holy grail: a tall and incredibly steep prow-shaped rock that juts out over the ocean. And with the waves crashing far below and the gulls soaring overhead, Chris takes on one of the most dynamic and challenging projects he's ever done.

Wednesday / 7pm at Lourdes Hall
Thursday / 9pm at Salvi Lecture Hall in Saint Mary's Hall, SMU

The Devil Came On Horseback

Breakthru Films  (85 Minutes)

The Devil Came On Horseback (2007) will expose the violence and tragedy of the genocide in Darfur as seen through the eyes of a lone American witness. Using thousands of uncompromising and exclusive photographs taken by former US Marine Captain Brian Steidle during his role as a military observer with the African Union, this film leads you through the tragic impact of an Arab government bent on destroying its black African citizens.

Saturday / 3:30pm in SLC 120
Sunday / 3pm in Miller Auditorium

The Future of Food

Deborah Koons Garcia  (88 Minutes)

With unprecedented clarity, Deborah Koons Garcia's documentary, The Future of Food, distills the complex technology and key regulatory, legal, ethical, environmental and consumer issues surrounding the changes happening in the food system today -- genetically engineered foods, patenting, and the corporatization of food -- into terms the average person can easily understand. It empowers consumers to realize the consequences of their food choices on our future.

"In less skillful hands, a film about genetically modified (GM) food could have been tough sledding for regular folks to sit through. But The Future of Food is an engaging and lucid presentation ...an eloquent, compelling introduction to one of the most complicated, critically important and criminally overlooked issues of the day.
- Denise Caruso, AlterNet

Sunday / 10:30am in Somsen

The Insanity of Youth

Ian Christian Blanche  (4 Minutes)

The Insanity of Youth examines the motivations and repercussions of adolescent risk-taking behavior. What compels the youth of America to engage in activities that put their very lives in danger? The thirst for adrenaline is as natural as it is dangerous. We invite you to a portrait of our madness.

Wednesday / 7pm at Lourdes Hall
Thursday / 9pm at Salvi Lecture Hall in Saint Mary's Hall, SMU

The Journey Back

A Spirit Films production by Joyce Woodworth  (60 Minutes)

 The devastation of the Vietnam War with America ended over 35 years ago but painful scars remain.  "The Journey Back" follows a small group of US Veterans as they garner support in US schools and churches, then travel back to remote rural villages in Vietnam to build new schools and drill new wells for clean drinking water.  They are helping heal the war wounds with clean water and improved education as they work to heal the Vietnamese countryside, forge new alliances with today's Vietnam and in doing so, healing themselves from the pain and guilt of the war.

Q & A by Joyce Woodworth

Saturday / 6pm Miller

The Last Frontier: Conservation and Exploration in Papua, New Guinea

Trip Jennings  (26 Minutes)

First descents by kayak are usually high-risk ventures. By definition, they are beset by the unforeseen if not always the unexpected. The Pandi River in Papua, New Guinea, proves no exception to the rule with 50-foot falls, extreme hydraulics and even the odd crocodile or two to keep things honest. That said, this film is much less an adrenaline flick than a short homage to stunning natural beauty, prolific biodiversity and venerable ancient customs.

Saturday / 10:30am Somsen

The Last Nomads

Andrew Gregg  (54 Minutes)

Adventures in the tradition of Margaret Mead come to life in this intimate portrait of Ian Mackenzie, a master anthropologist for this era. Ian's experiences with the Penan nomads in Borneo - "among the last people on earth to remain true to humanity's most ancient lifestyle" - reveal that it's not only ecosystems that are in danger of being extinguished by contemporary society, but also unique and rare human cultures.

Saturday / 6:30pm SLC 120
Sunday / 1:00pm Miller

The Linguists

Seth Kramer Daniel A. Miller  (50 Minutes)

David and Greg are "The Linguists," who document languages on the verge of extinction. In the rugged landscapes of Siberia, India, and Bolivia, their resolve is tested by institutionalized racism and violent economic unrest.

Saturday / 8:30pm PAC
Sunday / 10:30am SLC 120

The Water Carriers

Jaime Jelenchick  (27 Minutes)

When Montana State University film student Jaime Jelenchick got off a plane in Nairobi, Kenya last December she had five weeks to gather footage about how a project to bring clean drinking water to a rural village would change the life of one Kenyan woman.

Saturday / 3:30pm Miller
Saturday / 8:30pm PAC

Trap-Jaw Ants

-  (2 Minutes)

"Flying" ants caught on tape breaking speed records.

Saturday / 1pm SLC 120
Sunday / 10:30am PAC

White Water Jungle

Tom Tatum  (4 Minutes)

Matt Wilson traveled into uncharted territory in Madagascar to film first and second descents of rivers never before seen by kayak.

Wednesday / 7pm at Lourdes Hall
Thursday / 9pm at Salvi Lecture Hall in Saint Mary's Hall, SMU