A special children's set of films will be featured this year at Winona's second annual Frozen River Film Festival, January 25 through 28. The Kids Adventure Set will offer a fascinating cross section of film shorts, with everything from an animated sea turtle traveling through space to autistic kids finding relief in surfing. ‘Surfer's Healing' is a film about an organization in California that teaches surfing to autistic kids, a beautiful story showing the calming effect of the ocean. The flip side of that is ‘Defect' and ‘Kids Who Rip' - jaw-dropping looks at kids riding big waves and performing amazing feats on unicycles, skateboards, and more.
There is also a glimpse of a day in the life of children in Nepal in ‘The Khumbu Mighty Mights,' and the story of three kayakers whose lives are unexpectedly touched by villagers in Uganda.
On the more serious side, ‘I Promise Africa' and ‘Antarctica' reveal slices of the world through the observant and honest eyes of children. Also included is the beautiful animated film, ‘Turtle World,' which begins with the journey of a sea turtle and ends with enterprising monkeys learning a surprising lesson.
The kid's films will be shown on both Saturday and Sunday, January 27 and 28 on the campus of Winona State University. There will also be kiteboarding and ice skating on Lake Winona, snow shoe demonstrations, and an ice sculpting contest. For complete information on the festival, including pricing and the weekend schedule, go to www.frozenriver.org, or call 507.459.8090.