Frozen River Film Festival returns in January


(1/2/2008)

Theatre du Mississippi will present the 3rd annual Frozen River Film Festival in Winona, January 24 through 27, 2008. The Festival includes independent films, speakers, vendors, workshops, outdoor activities, and live music. Most events will take place on the campus of Winona State University. A committee of local volunteers has chosen films and organized the festival activities, with the help of various local businesses and sponsors.

Opening the 2008 festival the night of Thursday, January 24, will be the Minnesota premier of the film Dalai Lama Renaissance. Narrated by Harrison Ford, this film has won numerous awards around the world. It tells the story of 40 leading thinkers from the West, invited by the Dalai Lama, who gathered together to dialogue on some of the world's toughest problems. What transpired was unexpected, and powerful. Presenting the film and participating in a post-show discussion, will be its filmmaker, Kashyar Darvich, its producer, David Mueller, and Lama Tsultrim Yeshe.

Three Dominican nuns, who appear in the powerful film, Conviction, will be at the Festival on Friday, January 25, when the film will be shown, to share their experience. The film tells their story of breaking into a nuclear missile silo in Colorado and landing in jail for their actions. Recently released, they will travel to Winona to spend all four days at the festival.

On Friday evening, January 25, Native American musician Bill Miller will perform at the Historic Masonic Theatre. A Mohican from Northern Wisconsin, Bill Miller is an award-winning recording artist, performer, songwriter, activist and painter. His songwriting incorporates folk, blues, rock, and traditional Native American music.

Over 40 documentary films about world cultures, the environment, and adventure sports will be featured at the festival. Speakers and filmmakers who have traveled the world will be there, sharing their experiences, as well as various workshops from local experts and presenters from across the globe.

The Festival Box Office is currently open at 79 East 3rd Street (the Great River Shakespeare Festival office) Tuesdays through Fridays from 1:00 to 5:00. For the complete list of films and the schedule, or to buy Festival passes online, please visit our website at www.frozenriver.org, email contact@frff.org, or call 507-459-8090.

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