Cameraman Jordan Kjome captures footage of Malanaphy Springs in Decorah, Iowa, for “Decoding the Driftless.”
Image courtesy of Sustainable Driftless, Inc.

Preview event in Lanesboro kicks off the 2019 FRFF with ‘Decoding the Driftless,’ Adventure Set


Adventure Film Set selection “Surfer Dan” follows a gritty man who surfs on Lake Superior in the winter.
Adventure Film Set selection “Surfer Dan” follows a gritty man who surfs on Lake Superior in the winter.
Photo by Tim Kemple.

The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers of Soliders Grove, Wis., offer a brand-new take on old-time country music.
The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers of Soliders Grove, Wis., offer a brand-new take on old-time country music.
Photo courtesy of the band.

Lanesboro Arts is proud to host the eighth annual Frozen River Film Festival (FRFF) preview event featuring documentary films from the upcoming festival at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro on Saturday, January 26, 2019. “Decoding the Driftless,” a 60-minute film of science exploration and adventure that features rare footage of natural phenomena in the driftless region, will be screened at 4:30 p.m. The Adventure Film Set, an 84-minute collection of seven fast-paced, short-length films highlighting extreme sports or other fresh and unfamiliar activities, will be shown at 7 p.m. Live music by old-time country duo The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers begins at 8:30 p.m. at the High Court Pub in downtown Lanesboro.

Directed by Jonas Stenstrom, “Decoding the Driftless” is a wild ride of adventure through the air, across rugged landscapes, on and under water, through a secret underworld, and across time itself to explore and decipher ancient clues of the driftless region of Southwest Wisconsin, Southeast Minnesota, Northeast Iowa and Northwest Illinois, with its captivating scenic beauty. Explore the archaeology, paleontology, geology, and biology of this fascinating region with fun-loving hosts from Untamed Science who will open your eyes, mind and heart like never before. Producer George Howe will be in attendance to introduce the film and lead a question and answer session afterward.

The seven short films included in the 2019 Adventure Film Set showcase compelling stories of individuals pushing themselves to the limits while cycling great distances on ice, marathon canoe racing, winter surfing on Lake Superior, ice climbing, and base jumping. One of the selections, “Adventure Not War,” follows three U.S. Army captains on a heartfelt journey back to where they served in Iraq to share a story of healing while skiing, climbing and adventuring. All seven films are sure to motivate and physically activate viewers! The total run time of this film set is 84 minutes.

Based in Soldiers Grove, Wis., The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers perform original songs and tunes inspired by the classic hillbilly, country-duo, and old-time musical traditions — and also mine this same repertoire for forgotten gems that deserve to be heard again. In 2018, the Sapsuckers were nominated for Best Country Band in Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Association.

One $8 regular price ticket ($5 for Lanesboro Arts members) is good for entry to both the 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. film screenings. Tickets are available online at, at Lanesboro Arts Gallery, by calling 507-467-2446, and at the St. Mane Theatre box office one hour prior to each screening. There is no admission charge for the concert at High Court Pub; however, the venue is 21-and-older only. 

The 2019 FRFF takes place on February 6-10 in Winona and offers documentary films and programming that engage, educate and activate our community to become involved in the world. FRFF 2019 Donor Premiere and Big Muddy passes will also be honored for screenings in Lanesboro. Dinner and drink specials/discounts for ticket holders are also being offered by The Bite Restaurant and the High Court Pub. 

The St. Mane Theatre is located at 206 Parkway Avenue North in Lanesboro and is now projecting all films in 1080p high-definition.


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