In “The Barbershop,” part of “Iraqi Voices,” a young Iraqi man recalls a traumatic experience from his childhood as he gets a haircut. Contributed photo.
Tater Litterer and his sisters dance with fire in “Keiki Fire and Light,” part of the Adventure Film Set. Photo by Pioneer Public TV.
Lanesboro Arts is proud to host three short documentary film events presented and curated by the Frozen River Film Festival and the Iraqi-American Reconciliation Project at the St. Mane Theatre in scenic Lanesboro on Saturday, February 3, 2018. “Iraqi Voices” will be shown at 1 p.m., “Jeff’s World” begins at 4 p.m., and the Adventure Film Set will start at 7:30 p.m. A cross-cultural storytelling workshop will also take place at 10:30 a.m. in the upper level studio space of the St. Mane Theatre. These screenings will kick off the 2018 Frozen River Film Festival, taking place in Winona on February 7-11. Film goers are invited to attend the opening reception for the Fourth Annual Emerging Artist Exhibition also happening on February 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lanesboro Arts Gallery.
At 1 p.m., the Iraqi-American Reconciliation Project will present a screening of eight short films from “Iraqi Voices,” an ongoing collaborative mentorship program that gives Iraqis in Minnesota support and training to produce high-quality documentaries. Written and directed by Iraqi refugee and Iraqi-American participants, and photographed and edited by Nathan Fisher, this 60-minute film set presents an alternative to fearful and inaccurate depictions of Middle Eastern refugees. “Iraqi Voices” dismantles caricatures of Iraqis and Muslims in the United States: an Iraqi-American sculptor rebuilds what extremists have destroyed, Muslims pray at a Catholic church in Minneapolis, refugees own a St. Paul neighborhood grocery, and a public school administrator becomes the first Muslim woman to win an election in Minnesota. Filmmaker Nathan Fisher and Jamal Ali and Jameela Hasoon, Iraqi immigrant and refugee directors of “Iraqi Voices,” will participate in a discussion and question and answer session following the films.
Fisher, Ali and Hasoon will also lead a free cross-cultural storytelling workshop in the upper level studio space of the St. Mane Theatre at 10:30 a.m. The trio will offer perspectives from the “Iraqi Voices” project and help provide participants with a deeper understanding of how to make cross-cultural storytelling effective, accurate and fair.
At 4 p.m., Frozen River Film Festival presents “Jeff’s World,” a 65-minute documentary made by Minnesotans that tells a story of discovery, vision and grit while taking a humorous behind-the-scenes look into the world of rock climbing and the tenacity required to build a sport climbing destination accessible only by boat and hidden in a pristine wilderness. Directed by Brenda Piekarski, the film follows Jeff Engel, an accomplished route developer, and his friends as they seek, find, develop and climb Jeff’s World, a wild and remote climbing area 10 miles beyond the Minnesota border in Canada.
At 7:30 p.m. Frozen River Film Festival presents The Adventure Set, seven fast-paced, short-length films that will grab your attention and perch you on the edge of your seat! Highlighting extreme sports or other fresh and unfamiliar activities while also demonstrating a certain level of difficulty and/or danger, these films are sure to motivate and physically activate viewers. The films selected for this 97-minute film set include:
“Dedicate – Diving Free” – Underwater photographer Jacques de Vox free dives with orcas on one of his most beautiful expeditions, completed last winter north of Norway.
“Surf Anywhere” — The story of a group of river surfing pioneers who are building not only a world-class wave on the Kananaskis River in Canada, but also a river surfing community.
“Keiki Fire and Light” —Filmed in New London and Spicer, Minn., in 2016, this film follows a group of home-schooled siblings who travel the country sharing their love for fire dancing and Polynesian performance arts.
“Inflatable People” — Gaze into the emerging pack rafting community and discover why a group of grown ups would arrange a trip to the middle of a Swedish boreal forest to paddle rapids in small inflatable dinghies.
“From the South Up” – Solitary cyclist Brendon Tyree documents the dramatically changing landscape as he rides his bike on a 6,000-mile trip from Patagonia to the Caribbean.
“Young Guns” — Two teenage climbers crush expectations and the competition around the world, from a V15 boulder in Japan to Thor’s Hammer in Norway.
“Brujas” — You may have heard of Brujas before — the group of young activists in New York City holding their own in the male-dominated skate-parks spread through the city. But pinning Brujas as simply a rare, female skate gang would be cursory at best.
Tickets for each screening event are $7 or $5 for Lanesboro Arts members (FRFF 2018 Donor Premiere and Big Muddy Passes will also be honored) and are available online at lanesboroarts.org, at Lanesboro Arts Gallery, by calling 507-467-2446, and at the St. Mane Theatre box office one hour prior to each screening on February 3. The Frozen River Film Festival offers documentary films and programming that engage, educate and activate the community to become involved in the world.
The St. Mane Theatre is located at 206 Parkway Avenue North in Lanesboro. For more than 30 years, Lanesboro Arts has been working to fulfill its mission of serving as a regional catalyst for artistic excellence and educational development in providing diverse art experiences for people of all ages.