Documentary "Chasing Ice" features time-lapse photography of melting glaciers. The film will be shown as part of the Frozen River Film Festival.
The eighth annual Frozen River Film Festival (FRFF) will run from Saturday, January 23, through Sunday, January 27. The festival features film screenings, musical performances, speakers, workshops, and activities for kids.
The films are documentaries, adventure films, and action sport films. "The main theme is the environment and other cultures and adventure," said FRFF Business Director Bernadette Mahfood. "Sometimes they end up all in one film."
Most of the films are being shown at Winona State University (WSU). The "Adrenaline Set," a series of short films, will be shown on Wednesday, January 23 at St. Mary's University and again on Thursday, January 24 at Lourdes Hall, WSU. The "Fringe Festival" on Friday, January 25, features a number of events in downtown Winona.
"Living Downstream," will be shown at 6:30 p.m. at WSU's Somsen Auditorium on Thursday, January 24. "Living Downstream" is a film on human rights and environmental concerns in watersheds across the world. The film is based on a book by Sandra Steinberger, who will speak and give a book signing following the Thursday screening.
One of the films being screened, "Chasing Ice," which features time-lapse photography of glaciers melting, has been released to theaters nation-wide. "Chasing Ice" and "Ethel," a film on Ethel Kennedy, were short-listed for Academy Award nominations, according to Mahfood. A song from "Chasing Ice" is nominated for Best Song Written for a Movie in the Academy Awards.
Another documentary, "The Price of Sand," hits close to home. It examines frac sand mining in Minnesota and Wisconsin. This is a "second draft" for the Minneapolis filmmaker behind it. A "first draft" was shown at last year's FRFF.
Musical performances include jazz clarinetist Evan Williams, Apollo Cobra, and a host of local musicians.
The festival will also include two kids' film "sets," children's craft booths ranging from to bookmaking to puppetry, a "winter challenge course" for kids, and a lively science workshop for all ages.
A full schedule of events, ticketing information, and volunteer opportunities can be found at the Frozen River Film Festival website: frff.org.