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Sandra Steingraber speaks at Frozen River Film Festival (01/02/2013)
The Frozen River Film Festival is excited to announce the receipt of several grants for the2013 film festival, to be held January 23-27, 2013. The largest two, awarded through the Legacy Amendment from Minnesota State Arts Board and Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, are $31,000 and $10,000 respectively. A third grant from the CERES Foundation is specifically designated to bring Sandra Steingraber, a nationally renowned environmental scientist, to the Film Festival as keynote speaker. With the opening night film, Thursday, January 24, 2013, we begin two journeys with Sandra: her private struggles with cancer and her public quest to bring attention to the urgent human rights issue of cancer prevention. Diagnosed with bladder cancer at age 20, Steingraber began her 30 year quest for answers. The film, “Living Downstream”, an eloquent and cinematic documentary, follows Steingraber during one pivotal year as she travels North America working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. The Sierra Club has heralded Steingraber as “the new Rachel Carson,” and Carson’s own Alma Mater, Chatham College, selected Steingraber to receive its biennial Rachel Carson Leadership Award. Steingraber states that although she did not read Carson until she was a college professor, “Silent Spring” was the reason she left the laboratory and became a science writer…it was her call to arms. She is a much sought after speaker, with lectures at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Woods Hole Research Center. She has testified before European Parliament, the President’s Cancer Board, Congressional briefings, the United Nations and done interviews with The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, on National Public Radio, “The Today Show,” and “Good Morning America.”

In 2011 Steingraber received the Heinz Award for her research and writing on environmental health.

Each year for the past several years, the Frozen River Film Festival has brought films to Winona to connect the festival with the Winona State University academic theme. The festival has highlighted films on water, local sustainable food, big sky and trash, home & place and for 2013 Wellness and Healing. In addition to “Living Downstream” you will find other films around this year’s theme as well as other spectacular films. Go to www.frff.org to see the award winning lineup for 2013.

The Festival thanks the Ceres Foundation for their grant that allows Sandra Steingraber to share her story at the Festival.

The Frozen River Film Festival especially thanks the Minnesota State Arts Board and Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council for their generous support, made possible by the voters of Minnesota Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 


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