Frozen River Film Festival will present two documentary short films by Minnesota filmmaker Brenda Piekarski: “Ode to Minnesota” and “The Arrowhead 135.” The films will be available for viewing free of charge starting on Saturday, September 26, 2020, at 7 p.m. The films will be available for free for one week through the Frozen River Film Festival’s online screening platform (frff.eventive.org).
“Ode to Minnesota,” which was first shown at the 2020 festival, follows Stephen Schreader and Eli Nord as they launch on a self-made 1,000-mile journey around the arrowhead region of Minnesota by bike, canoe and foot, using primarily Minnesota-made gear. Their trip takes them through mining country and deep into the wilderness while giving a grand nod to Minnesota history, culture and trails. As with all great adventures, not everything goes as planned.
“The Arrowhead 135” first screened at the 2015 Frozen River Film Festival. The film is named for the race which is notorious for its cold and extreme conditions. It has been called one of the toughest 50 races on the planet and is a human-powered ultra marathon that takes place in the coldest part of winter in the coldest recorded place in the lower 48 states. Racers are fully self-supported and have only 60 hours to travel 135 miles on a snowmobile trail through the Northern Minnesota wilderness by either bike, ski or foot.
Filmmaker Brenda Piekarski, who has been a frequent guest at the festival, will take part in a discussion after the films.
Music by Minnesota artist Humbird will be included as part of the online event.
For more information, visit frozenriver.org or the festival’s Facebook page (facebook.com/frozenriverfilm).
About Frozen River Film Festival
Frozen River Film Festival (FRFF) is Minnesota’s only all-documentary film festival. Now in its 16th year, FRFF presents more than 70 films annually during the festival weekend (February 10-14, 2021), brings in filmmakers from around the world, and works with students on the documentary film-making process. To learn more visit www.frozenriver.org.