Frozen River Film Festival recommended!


Frozen River Film

Festival recommended!

From: Margaret Johnson

A couple of years ago, I asked my son for ideas about what to get his wife, my daughter-in-law, for Christmas. He said, “Well, Mom, you have to realize that she is more about DOING things than HAVING things.” A revelation. So, that year, from us, she got a gift certificate for a dog sled ride.

People in our area have a chance to give a gift that is every bit as exhilarating…a pass for the Frozen River Film Festival, which will take place in Winona January 27-31. I am on the Board of Directors of Theatre du Mississippi which puts on the festival, and know the incredible, year-long effort that has gone into making this a world-class family event. The festival has gained nation-wide renown and now attracts nationally known filmmakers, speakers and presenters. We are lucky to have this festival in Winona,

The overall theme of this year’s festival is “Food”. There will be many films and presentations on the subject, including a workshop for adults and children on food drying.

There will be over 50 films shown on a variety of subjects: the environment, extreme sports, pressing social issues, travel, culture and health. “Under Our Skin”, for example, is an alarming film about Lyme disease. Martin Atkin will speak at the festival. He is the Director of Media Relations of the World Wildlife Fund International in Switzerland. He is attending the international climate talks in Copenhagen. Dr. James Levine will also be a speaker. Dr. Levine wrote “The Blue Notebook” which is a national bestseller about a 15-year-old child prostitute in India. His book was motivated by what he saw in India when he was a medical resident there a few years ago. It turned him into an advocate for exploited children. Dr. Levine has been featured on National Public Radio and on national television. Dr. Levine will participate in a discussion of human trafficking with Mary Ellison, staff attorney for Women’s Human Rights Program of Advocates for Human Rights, who will discuss sex trafficking in Minnesota.

Of course, not all of the topics are so serious! This is a family event and there are lots of fun events for parents and children. Steve Furman will present his delightful film, “Chickens of the Sea”, clad in a chicken suit! There will be other films for children and kids’ workshops, too. And, on January 29, there will be a Fringe Festival in downtown Winona with lots of our merchants participating. They will have musicians, artists and poets on hand to entertain guests in their shops and offices.

So, do not miss the Frozen River Film Festival, January 27 – 31 and consider giving someone a gift pass. Festival passes cost between $35.00 and $50.00. Although passes may not go on sale until after Christmas, it is easy enough to slip a note into a card and then buy the passes when they are available. Just check the paper, or


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