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

2013 Films

 
 
 
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9000 Needles

Doug Dearth  (83 Minutes)

In Person: Steve Compton
​Due to a lack of resources, both financial and scope of care, stroke victim Devin Dearth's health and window for recovery drastically slip backwards. His brother Doug proposes they travel to China to participate in an affordable and promising rehabilitation program integrating Western and traditional Chinese medicine to treat stroke victims. Follow Devin on this unconventional journey, during which his courage, faith, patience, and desire to overcome adversity are tested on a daily basis.

PAC Mainstage, Winona State University
Sunday, January 27
10:00 a.m.

A Desert Life

Austin Siadak  (9 Minutes)

A desert can be stark, arid and inhospitable, but it’s also a place of elemental beauty and compelling vitality that reveals its richness to the dedicated, patient observer. To say that inveterate climber and social dropout Alf Randell has a “desert life” is a perfect metaphor: Outwardly, living in a remote beaten-up camper and earning a subsistence living might well seem a little barren.

PAC 159, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
6:00 p.m.

Miller Auditorium, Winona State University
Sunday, January 27
1:00 p.m

A Place in the World

Adam Maurer  (89 Minutes)

​Right outside Atlanta, Georgia, is a small charter school that brings together refugee children from war-torn countries all over the world and teaches them alongside local American children. A Place In The World follows three families with ties to the school, a first year teacher, and the principal of the school over the course of two school years, as they adapt to, and learn from, this diverse and complex social environment. The film asks the question of whether we can all live together in this rapidly changing world.


St. Mane Theater
Lanesboro, MN
Saturday, January 19
6:30 p.m.

A Small Wooden Box

Gwen Breisemeister  (13 Minutes)

Give a book, take a book, return a book. A wooden box filled with books has become the seed that has ignited an international movement. The simple idea of placing a small wooden structure filled with books to share with anyone who happens by is the brainchild of Wisconsinites, Rick Brooks and Todd Bol. The Little Free Library idea quickly moved from concept to reality thanks to the thousands of stewards throughout the world. Little did they know the impact their idea would have on individuals, neighborhoods and the international community.

Somsen Auditorium
Saturday, January 26
8:30 p.m.

All.I.Can JP Auclair Street Segment

Eric Crossland & Dave Mossop  (5 Minutes)

​JP Auclair teams up with Sherpas Cinema in this short, mind-blowing segment from the 2011 Powder Magazine Movie of the Year All.I.Can to tame the mean streets of British Columbia on skis.

Miller Auditorium, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
1:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.

Amazon Gold

Reuben Aaronson  (52 Minutes)

​Narrated by Academy Award winners, Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, Amazon Gold is the disturbing account of a clandestine journey bearing witness to the apocalyptic destruction of the rainforest in the pursuit of illegally mined gold.

SLC 120, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
1:00 p.m.

Among Giants

Chris Cresci, Ben Mullinkosson, Sam Price-Waldman  (13 Minutes)

​In 2008, a company called Green Diamond Resource Company began clear-cutting redwood trees in Northern California’s McKay Tract, a lush and shadowy forest that was home to towering trees, tall ferns and wildlife. A group of activists responded by moving into the trees, setting up their lives in tarp structures in the lofty canopies among the trill of birdsong and the patter of rainfall. Among Giants focuses on one of the activists, Farmer, who has been living in the trees for three years and etches out a solitary and soggy existence based on faith and resistance.

SLC 120, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
1:00 p.m.

Artist in the Margin

Emily Haddad  (30 Minutes)

“A writer or painter cannot change the world. But they can keep an essential margin of nonconformity alive.”- Luis Bunuel
Like the prehistoric cave painters, French artist, Pierre Prevost, transforms his environment into a magical place inhabited by fantastical creatures. The documentary explores Pierre’s world and art; and accompanies Pierre as he stages “interventions artistiques” around a farm pond, along a dusty village road and on a Mediterranean beach.

Miller Auditorium, Winona State University
Sunday, January 27
1:00 p.m.

Bidder 70

Beth & George Gage  (71 Minutes)

​In Person: George Gage & Dylan Schneider

The choice you are making today is what side are you on. -Tim DeChristopher
Bidder 70 centers on an extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability. In 2008, University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher committed an act which would redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice. Follow Tim, Bidder 70, from college student to incarcerated felon. Redefine justice for yourself. Choose your side. .

Somsen Auditorium, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
1:00 p.m.

SLC 120, Winona State University
Sunday, January 27
3:30 p.m.

Big in Bollywood

Kenny Meehan & Bill Bowles  (80 Minutes)

​An American actor, Omi Vaidya, lands a dream role in the Bollywood film 3 Idiots. Curious to better understand the world of Bollywood, four of his buddies fly to Mumbai to document his big premiere. 3 Idiots becomes the most successful Indian film in history, and transforms Omi into an overnight megastar. Big in Bollywood is a film about what it is to be successful in Indian show business, seen through the eyes of Omi's best friends, who witness his career transformation firsthand.

PAC 159, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
3:30 p.m.

Miller Auditorium, Winona State University
Sunday, January 27
3:30 p.m.

Blue Obsession

Alan Gordon & Jordan Holland  (8 Minutes)

​The Mendenhall Glacier in southeast Alaska offers an otherworldly landscape — fields of crumpled ice, massive hunks of blue, glassy caves and all manner of frozen water. It’s beautiful, but it’s also ephemeral: The glacier is in a state of retreat. Climber Alan Gordon has been exploring the glacier for years, watching as old features melt away and new ones are revealed, and now he’s determined to document its stunning but fleeting scenery before it disappears forever. Blue Obsession, a film about his mission, offers a short and gorgeous portrait of a landscape in flux.

PAC 159, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
6:00 p.m.

Miller Auditorium, Winona State University
Sunday, January 27
1:00 p.m.

Burzynski: Cancer is Serious Business

Eric Merola  (118 Minutes)

Burzynski is the story of a medical doctor and Ph.D. biochemist named Stanislaw Burzynski who won the largest and possibly the most convoluted and intriguing legal battle against the Food & Drug Administration in American history. 


His victorious battles with the United States government were centered around his belief in and commitment to his gene-targeted cancer medicines he discovered in the 1970s called Antineoplastons, which are responsible for curing some of the most incurable forms of terminal cancer. Various cancer survivors are presented in the film who chose his treatment instead of surgery, chemotherapy or radiation -- with full disclosure of medical records to support their diagnosis and recovery.

Chasing Ice

Jeff Orlowski  (76 Minutes)

Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, James Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

Figliulo Hall, Saint Mary's University
Sunday, January 20
5:00 p.m.

Southeast Technical College Auditorium, room 205
Tuesday, January 22
5:30 p.m.

Denali Experiment, The

Jimmy Chin & Renan Ozturk  (15 Minutes)

In 2011, The North Face assembled an eclectic team of athletes for a ski expedition up Denali, the hulking 20,320-foot mountain that rises from a snow-clad range in Alaska’s interior. The trip, captured in Camp 4 Collective’s film, The Denali Experiment, brings together an unexpected mix of new-school talent and mountaineering veterans, matching the likes of Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, the spine-ripping star of ski films by Teton Gravity Research, with experts of the high mountains, such as Conrad Anker and Telluride’s Hilaree O’Neill. The result?

Toner Cafeteria, Saint Mary's University
Wednesday, January 23
9:00 p.m.

Lourdes South Lounge, Winona State University
Thursday, January 24
9:30 p.m.

Eco Ninja

Jonathan Browning  (6 Minutes)

​This is a satirical brief comedy about a corporation that enforces a go-green policy in its offices by hiring an Eco Ninja who takes his duties all too seriously. As usual, Jonathan Browning and Screaming Frog Productions think outside the box — and then recycle the box.

PAC 159, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
6:00 p.m.

Elemental

Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee  (93 Minutes)

Elemental tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time. Separated by continents yet sharing an unwavering commitment to protecting nature, the characters in this story are complex, flawed, postmodern heroes for whom stemming the tide of environmental destruction fades in and out of view – part mirage, part miracle.

PAC 159, Winona State University
Sunday, January 27
10:00 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

Ethel

Rory Kennedy  (97 Minutes)

Ethel, a feature length documentary about the remarkable life of Ethel Kennedy, is a revealing portrait told by those who know her best: her family. Directed by her Emmy- Award winning daughter, Rory Kennedy, and featuring candid interviews with Ethel and seven of her children, the film is a deeply personal look inside a political dynasty strengthened by family bonds, a compassion for others, and a wisdom forged from both hardship and triumph.

Somsen Auditorium, Winona State University
Sunday, January 27
10:00 a.m.

Freedom Chair, The

Mike Douglas  (15 Minutes)

​Josh Dueck was a passionate free-skier who found himself coaching world-class athletes, such as TJ Schiller and Justin Dorey, at a young age. But one day, he misjudged his speed as he approached a jump, and what could have been a harmless mistake, brought inextricable, life-altering consequences. When he crashed, his spinal cord was severed, leaving him paralyzed. Instead of giving up on skiing, however, Dueck refocused his passion into sit-skiing, and the experience allowed him to jump-start a new career and find a new way to do what he loves the best: ski.

Somsen Auditorium, Winona State University
Sunday, January 27
3:30 p.m.

Miller Auditorium, Winona State University
Sunday, January 27
1:00 p.m.

Fringe Friday

Fringe Frisat  (1500 Minutes)

​Check out all the great events on Friday, January 25, 2013 in local businesses throughout downtown Winona! http://frff.org/wpsite/fringe-festival

Hi! I'm a Nutria

Drew Christie  (5 Minutes)

​This cheeky little rodent lives in Lake Washington and questions how long it takes to become a “native.” He lists a whole slew of other animals who aren’t native to North America, including, well, us.

Miller Auditorium, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
1:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.

Hot Coffee

Susan Saladoff  (86 Minutes)

Seinfeld mocked it. Letterman put it on one of his Top Ten lists. More than 15 years later, the McDonald's coffee case continues to be cited as a prime example of how citizens use "frivolous" lawsuits to take unfair advantage of America's legal system. But is that an accurate portrayal of the facts? First-time filmmaker and former public interest lawyer Susan Saladoff uses the infamous legal battle that began with a spilled cup of coffee to investigate what's behind America's zeal for tort reform - which threatens to restrict the legal rights of everyday citizens and undermine the entire civil justice system.

PAC 159, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
10:00 a.m.

Miller Auditorium, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
8:30 p.m.

I AM

Tom Shadyac  (80 Minutes)

I am is an utterly engaging and entertaining non-fiction film that poses two practical and provocative questions: what’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better? The filmmaker behind the inquiry is Tom Shadyac, one of Hollywood’s leading comedy practitioners and the creative force behind such blockbusters as “Ace Ventura,” “Liar Liar,” “The Nutty Professor,” and “Bruce Almighty.” Shadyac was very specific about what he was after, wanting I Am to identify the underlying cause of the world’s ills – “I didn’t want to hear the usual answers, like war, hunger, poverty, the environmental crisis, or even greed,” he explains. “These are not the problems, they are the symptoms of a larger endemic problem.” Ironically, in the process of trying to figure out what’s wrong with the world, Shadyac discovered there’s more right than he ever imagined. With great wit, warmth, curiosity, and masterful storytelling skills, he reveals what science now tells us is one of the principal truths of the universe, a message that is as simple as it is significant. As Ghandi put it “Live simply, so others may simply live.”

Somsen Auditorium, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
10:00 a.m. (this screening actually starts at 10:30)


SLC 120, Winona State University
Sunday, January 27
1:00 p.m.

I Believe I Can Fly

Sebastien Montaz- Rosset  (4 Minutes)

​Count on the French for the latest invention in the realm of highlining, speedflying and, er, line jumping? Whatever you call this cross between highlining, bungee jumping and BASE jumping that filmmaker Seb Montaz-Rosset highlights in this teaser of I Believe I Can Fly (Flight of the Frenchies), it certainly is crazy. And entertaining. As onlookers watch in terror, the Frenchmen have us convinced, if only for a moment, that they can truly fly.

Toner Cafeteria, Saint Mary's University
Wednesday, January 23
9:00 p.m.

Lourdes South Lounge, Winona State University
Thursday, January 24
9:30 p.m.

Industrial Revolutions

Stu Thompson  (5 Minutes)

There seems to be no end to what Danny MacAskill can do on a trials bike, whether it be on the streets of Dunvegan, Scotland, or in an abandoned industrial train yard. Ben Howard’s song, “The Wolves,” artfully underscores MacAskill — whose bike seems almost an extension of his body — as he performs electrifying tricks in unexplored places.

Toner Cafeteria, Saint Mary's University
Wednesday, January 23
9:00 p.m.

Lourdes South Lounge, Winona State University
Thursday, January 24
9:30 p.m.

Into Thick Air

David Story  (20 Minutes)

​They rebuffed Sherpas, rejected supplementary oxygen, and refused advice to turn back. Now, ten years after an unthinkable expedition, seven defiant mountaineers confront the long-lost footage of their attempt to climb the abominable Seven Summits...of the Great Plains.

PAC 159, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
1:00 p.m.

SLC 120, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
8:30 p.m.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

David Gelb  (82 Minutes)

Jiro Dreams of Sushiis the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimages, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar.

St. Mane's Theater, Lanesboro, MN
Saturday, January 19
3:30 p.m.

Julio Solis, A Moveshake Story

Allie Bombach  (10 Minutes)

​Julio Solis grew up near Magdalena Bay in Baja, Mexico, where turtles were plentiful. As he got older, he watched their population decrease from over harvesting, so he dedicated himself to conservation of the reptiles. This short film by Allie Bombach and Brenda Barrera is part of a series and profiles people who are doing the best they can to change the world.

SLC 120, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
1:00 p.m.

Somsen Auditorium, Winona State University
Sunday, January 27
3:30 p.m.

Last Light

Ben Sturgulewski  (7 Minutes)

​Shot entirely during what’s called the “magic hour,” cinematographer and editor Ben Sturgulewski of Sweetgrass Productions takes us on a self-powered, all-you-can-shred spine buffett in Haines, Alaska, with skiers Stephan Drake, Forrest Shearer and Johan Jonsson.

Toner Cafeteria, Saint Mary's University
Wednesday, January 23
9:00 p.m.

Lourdes South Lounge, Winona State University
Thursday, January 24
9:30 p.m.

Last of the Great Unknown

Dan Ransom  (22 Minutes)

The Grand Canyon, a barren labyrinth of light and shadows, was one of the last places in the American West to be surveyed. John Wesley Powell, before he made the first descent via the Colorado River in 1869, called it “The Great Unknown." Much of it still is today, and river runners, backpackers, lithic hunters and butte baggers seek prestigious “firsts” in the Grand Canyon’s innumerable technical slots.

Toner Cafeteria, Saint Mary's University
Wednesday, January 23
9:00 p.m.

Lourdes South Lounge, Winona State University
Thursday, January 24
9:30 p.m.

Living Downstream

Chanda Chevannes  (55 Minutes)

In Person: Sandra Steingraber
​Like her hero, the pioneering environmental writer and activist Rachel Carson (author of Silent Spring), Sandra Steingraber is a cancer victim. Diagnosed at age 20, she successfully battled the disease for 30 years. During that time she’s used her knowledge and training as a biologist to bridge the gap between what scientists and the medical community regard as the causes of cancer. Steingraber grew up surrounded by toxic chemical discharge from industrial agriculture and is certain that her childhood environment and her health as an adult are intimately connected. She asks one of the essential questions of our age: How much proof is necessary to treat industrial contamination of air, soil and streams as human rights issues? This is a powerful and compelling film about a woman whose brilliance is surpassed only by her honesty and grit.

Somsen Auditorium, Winona State University
Thursday, January 24
6:30 p.m.

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Low and Clear

Kahlil Hudson & Tyler Hughens  (70 Minutes)

​According to J.T. Van Zandt, son of songwriting legend Townes Van Zandt, the biggest mistake that people make when fishing is that they try to catch fish. But his buddy Alex “Xenie” Hall sees it differently. Since their early years together flyfishing near Pagosa Springs, their lives have followed different paths. Van Zandt has “grown up” into daily responsibilities with less time to fish, but Hall still lives for the next steelhead.

Miller Auditorium, Winona State University
Sunday, January 27
10:00 a.m.

Somsen Auditorium, Winona State University
Sunday, January 27
1:00 p.m.

Man Who Lived on His Bike

Guillaume Blanchett  (5 Minutes)

​What can you do on a bicycle? For Guillaume Blanchet, the question is what can’t you do? In this two-minute homage to bikes and the bike obsessed, Blanchet eats, sleeps, showers, shaves, works, cooks and even dates — all from atop his man-powered machine.

Miller Auditorium, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
1:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.

PAC 159, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
6:00 p.m.

Meet Mr. Toilet

Jessica Yu  (3 Minutes)

​For those without access to a simple toilet, poop can be poison. But it’s not just a problem for the poor. Mr. Toilet — a nickname for the businessman turned sanitation superhero, Jack Sim, whose mission is to make sure everyone on the planet has access to clean toilets — says “flies don’t know the difference between a rich man and a poor man, so the rich man is probably eating the shit of the poor man…. Think about it.”

SLC 120, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
1:00 p.m.

Mission of Mermaids

Susan Rockefeller  (15 Minutes)

Mission of Mermaids invokes a mythical and spiritual connection, using the metaphor of the mermaid, as well as describing dire facts: ocean acidification, over-fishing, and pollution. This personal approach offers a powerful way to open a dialogue about changing the human relationship to the sea, knitting our past reverence for the natural world with our understanding of the urgent need to change course. Also present in the film are many ocean stewards, artists and activists who advocate change and educate the public on making choices in their daily lives to improve the health of the ocean.

Miller Auditorium, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
1:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.

Moonwalk

Mikey Schaefer  (3 Minutes)

Dean Potter is nothing if not creative. In this short piece, he highlines across a desert landscape with a massive full moon as his backdrop.

PAC 159, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
6:00 p.m.

My Home

Calvert Waller III  (20 Minutes)

My Home is an Oneida Indian Nation story handed down by elders about a precocious turtle who comes across a selfish beaver who doesn't particularly care about the environment in which he lives or the beings in it. This is the second in a series of Oneida legend stories. We are so happy to share this story with you.

Miller Auditorium, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
1:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.

Not Yet Begun to Fight

Shasta Grenier & Sabrina Lee  (40 Minutes)

There are few things more poignant than to see strong brave men and women — warriors, all — reduced by the ravages of combat to brokenness: brokenness not just of the body, but also of the soul. Yet there is a tremendous redemptive power in witnessing those same tragically weakened and humbled men overcoming such harsh adversity to regain their honor, confidence and self-esteem. When such a story plays out against the timeless backdrop of Montana riverscapes and the meditative focus of flyfishing, it becomes all the more moving.

Miller Auditorium, Winona State University
Sunday, January 27
10:00 a.m.

Somsen Auditorium, Winona State University
Sunday, January 27
3:30 p.m.

Nourishing the Kids of Katrina: the Edible Schoolyard

Robert Lee Grant  (31 Minutes)

​This film follows the story of how renowned chef Alice Waters' Berkeley "Edible Schoolyard" program -- centered around the caring for children -- is replicated and contributes to the rebirth of the New Orleans uptown poor black Green Charter School after its devastation from Hurricane Katrina floodwaters.

Miller Auditorium, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
10:00 a.m.

Somsen Auditorium, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
6:00 p.m.

Numb

Phil Lawrence  (64 Minutes)

A successful suburban dad who is tired of feeling 'numb' decides to quit taking antidepressants and films the drastic effects on his physical and psychological well-being. Numb also reveals startling new information the pharmaceutical industry doesn’t want you to know.

SLC 120, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
3:30 p.m.

PAC 159, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
8:30 p.m.

Paraiso

Nadav Kurtz  (10 Minutes)

​Like urban mountaineers, the immigrant window washers profiled in this short incisive film rappel down sheer cliffs of city glass. Knowing that a fatal fall may await them over the edge of any given skyscraper, they are nonetheless happy to take the risk because it yields a far better life than any they could ever hope for in their home countries. Still, their thoughts away from the job are unusually prone to existential musings.

PAC 159, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
6:00 p.m.

People In Motion

Cedric Dahl  (57 Minutes)

​People in Motion is a documentary unlike anything you've ever seen. It's an emotionally & visually stunning tour through the soul of parkour, free running, and creative movement. The filmmakers communicate an intimate understanding of the emerging philosophy behind these remarkable movements.

Pre-Festival Film and Beer Tasting
Ed's (No Name) Bar
Tuesday, January 22
7:30 p.m.

Price of Sand, The

Jim Tittle  (50 Minutes)

In Person: Director Jim Tittle
A work in progress.
A documentary about the frac sand mining boom in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Due to a rapid increase in demand, pure silica sand has become a valuable commodity, and mines are opening at a rapid rate. The silica used in hydraulic fracturing (aka : “fracking”), has other uses– glass manufacturing and toothpaste, for instance — and a few established mines have been in operation here for decades. But now, new companies have arrived, and land with accessible silica deposits is selling for high prices. The goal of this documentary is to find the real price of frac sand. Not just in dollars, but in friendships, communities and the future of our region.

Somsen Auditorium, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
3:30 p.m.

Pulling Teeth

Jennifer Suwak & Steve Abruzzese  (9 Minutes)

Pulling Teeth looks at the work and philosophy of Equestrian Dentist, John Baker. His communication with horses and his ability to bond with them make him very unique in his field of work.

PAC 159, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
6:00 p.m.

Race To Nowhere

Vicki Abeles & Jessica Congdon  (85 Minutes)

Race To Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students have become disengaged, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

Miller Auditorium, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
6:00 p.m.

Shakespeare High

Alex Rotaru  (80 Minutes)

​In Person: Luis Cardenas
Also Attending: GRSF Young Actors
Shakespeare High is an uplifting documentary that follows a diverse group of California high school students as they prepare for and compete in an annual Shakespeare Festival - a unique program that counts many of Hollywood's biggest stars among its alumni. A celebration of theater and performance, Shakespeare High illustrates the life-changing effect drama programs such as this can have on young people.

SLC 120, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
10:00 a.m.

PAC Mainstage, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
6:00 p.m.

Sidewalk Sonata

Nick Clausen  (14 Minutes)

Sidewalk Sonata takes you on a journey of spontaneous musical moments. It starts with a piano that is painted for the Pianos on Parade project in St. Paul, Minnesota. We follow the artist as his passion is painted layer by layer on the piano. Then we follow the piano to a street corner in downtown St. Paul. Will anyone play it?

Somsen Auditorium, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
8:30 p.m.

Miller Auditorium, Winona State University
Sunday, January 27
1:00 p.m.

Sketchy Andy

Peter Mortimer & Nick Rosen  (21 Minutes)

Remember the guy on the slackline who nearly stole the spotlight from Madonna during her Super Bowl Halftime Show? That was Andy Lewis, a.k.a. Sketchy Andy. Professional slackliner, base jumper, highliner and all-around crazy desert monkey, Sketchy Andy is a study of the fine line between pioneering athlete and fearless maniac. He took the activity of slacklining — long the mellow pastime of climbers hanging out at camp — and morphed it into a trick-studded, danger-laden, full-fledged sport.

Toner Cafeteria, Saint Mary's University
Wednesday, January 23
9:00 p.m.

Lourdes South Lounge, Winona State University
Thursday, January 24
9:30 p.m.

Smoke Songs

Briar March  (20 Minutes)

​Punk rock and human rights don’t necessarily share a common cause, but in the case of the band Blackfire, their music and their message are two integral parts of a solid and strong identity. Born into the heart of the Navajo Nation in an area on Black Mesa that is still in political dispute, band members (and siblings) Jeneda, Clayson and Klee Benally find it impossible to separate their passion for music from their socio-political messages.

Somsen Auditorium, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
8:30 p.m.

Something Different: A Working Gristmill

Erin Murphy  (12 Minutes)

​Over the past half-century, water-powered grain mills in Pennsylvania either converted to electric or shut down completely. In Union County, only one remains. Miller Curt Faulk is doing something different -- he turns grain into flour and animal feed using water power. This beautifully shot short documentary offers a glimpse into the past through the day-to-day operations of Grove's Mill on Buffalo Creek. Something Different offers a glimpse into a world that many people will never see in their lifetimes -- a working gristmill running on water power.

PAC 159, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
6:00 p.m.

Sylvia - Ian Killick

Karl Heldt & Matt Miles  (2 Minutes)

Mountain biker Ian Killick is featured in this flawless short by Karl Heldt and Matt Miles of Silvia Films.

Toner Cafeteria, Saint Mary's University
Wednesday, January 23
9:00 p.m.

Lourdes South Lounge, Winona State University
Thursday, January 24
9:30 p.m.

Vanishing of the Bees

George Langworthy & Maryam Henein  (87 Minutes)

​Vanishing of the Bees takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. The documentary examines our current agricultural landscape and celebrates the ancient and sacred connection between man and the honeybee. The film also highlights the positive changes that have resulted due to the tragic phenomenon known as “Colony Collapse Disorder.” To empower the audience, the documentary provides viewers with tangible solutions they can apply to their everyday lives. Vanishing of the Bees unfolds as a dramatic tale of science and mystery, illuminating this extraordinary crisis and its greater meaning about the relationship between humankind and Mother Earth. The bees have a message - but will we listen?.

PAC 159, Winona State University
Sunday, January 27
1:00 p.m.

Volunteer

Mariah Wilson  (75 Minutes)

A filmmaker and travel enthusiast embarks on a global volunteering adventure that takes her from the coral reefs of Fiji to a wildlife sanctuary in Uganda. What results is the film Volunteer.
Volunteer is an eco-adventure showing the perils and adventures of remote travel, and the thrill of having a hands-on experience in promoting natural preservation. Frustrations, triumphs, and anecdotes are all caught on camera, including how to approach an angry 15-foot python, what to do during a tsunami warning, how to tickle a chimpanzee...and the best way to have your teeth cleaned while 70 feet underwater. Follow the journey and see how - for the price of a plane ticket - you can help affect global change.

Miller Auditorium, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
10:00 a.m.

PAC Mainstage, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
8:30 p.m.

Waiting Room, The

Peter Nicks  (82 Minutes)

​America's controversial health care system is broken and nowhere is it more evident than in The Waiting Room. A composite 24 hour period at Highland Hospital in Oakland, one of the nation's busiest emergency rooms, offers a raw, intimate, and even uplifting look at how patients, staff and caregivers each cope with disease, bureaucracy, hard choices and what it means for millions of Americans to live without health insurance.

SLC 120, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
6:00 p.m.

Way Home: Returning to the National Parks, The

Amy Marquis  (10 Minutes)

​“You shouldn’t have to convince people to go to paradise,” says Yosemite National Park Ranger Shelton Johnson. As an African American, he is unsettled by the fact that only 1 percent of those who visit Yosemite share his race. The Way Home: Returning to the National Parks follows the brief journey of a group of African American seniors from Los Angeles, California, as they experience these sacred lands.

Somsen Auditorium, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
8:30 p.m.

Wild Bill's Run

Mike Scholtz  (60 Minutes)

An Arctic crime caper about a true American folk hero. In 1972, Wild Bill Cooper led a ragtag crew of adventurers on a snowmobile expedition over the top of the world. Their goal was to reach Moscow. But Wild Bill's journey took an unexpected turn. This feature-length documentary includes more than 20 minutes of never-before-seen 16mm footage of the Arctic shot in 1972 and 1973. And the score was composed almost entirely on a Moog analog synthesizer. It’s unlike anything else you’ll see or hear this year (without a time machine).

PAC 159, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
1:00 p.m.

SLC 120, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
8:30 p.m.

World Peace and other fourth grade achievements

Chris Farina  (56 Minutes)

​This film portrays public school teacher John Hunter and his 4th-grade students as they participate in an educational exercise he developed called "The World Peace Game." It follows these nine- and ten-year-old students as they assume roles as world leaders responding to an ongoing series of real world military, economic, and environmental crises.

Somsen Auditorium, Winona State University
Saturday, January 26
6:00 p.m.

You've Been Trumped

Anthony Baxter  (100 Minutes)

​In this David and Goliath tale, a group of proud Scottish homeowners take on Donald Trump, as he gets set to destroy the crown jewels of Scotland's natural heritage in order to build a luxury golf resort. We follow the local residents as they make their last stand in the face of police harassment, constant legal threats and the cutting off of their water and electricity supplies.

SLC 120, Winona State University
Sunday, January 27
10:00 a.m.