‘Beneath the Surface’ for free


Frozen River Film Festival will present the documentary short film, “Beneath the Ink,” by Minnesota filmmaker Cy Dodson beginning on Saturday, August 15, 2020, at 7 p.m. The film will be available for free for one week through the Frozen River Film Festival’s online screening platform (frff.eventive.org).

“Beneath the Ink” is a timely look at hate and racism as one Ohio tattoo artist, Billy Joe White, challenges his community by saying, “Bring me your mistakes.” At his Red Rose Tattoo Studio, White offers to cover up symbols of hate and racist tattoos … for free.

The short (13 minute) film has won more than a dozen awards at film festivals around the country and was nominated for an Emmy for best short documentary in 2019. The film was shown at the 2019 Frozen River Film Festival, with director Cy Dodson providing a Q&A at that time. The film won Frozen River Film Festival’s Best Short Film and Best Minnesota Made Film awards.

Filmmaker Cy Dodson, originally from the Ohio town where “Beneath the Ink” was filmed, is a Minnesota filmmaker and owner/operator of his production company, Triumph Pictures, LLC.

Following the film there will be a discussion on the film’s themes with Winona City Council member Eileen Moeller; Tricia Klosky, PhD., sociology and criminal justice at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota; and Trisha Karr, PhD., developmental psychology at Winona State University.

For more information, visit frozenriver.org or the festival’s Facebook page (facebook.com/frozenriverfilm).

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


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