Documentary Feature Films

Beyond the Divide

Almost 50 years have passed since the beginning of the Vietnam War. The politics and casualties are history, yet deep scars remain between those who served and those who fought a different war at home. In Missoula, Montana, a mysterious graffiti peace symbol inflamed the enduring animosity, dividing a community for decades. Through the courageous acts of a Vietnam veteran and a peace advocate, BEYOND THE DIVIDE illuminates a path to healing old wounds and demonstrates authentic peace building...

E-Team

Anna, Ole, Fred and Peter are four members of the Emergencies Team, or “E-Team,” the most intrepid division of a respected international human rights group. Trained to deal with unfolding crises, the E-Team flies to hotspots all over the world as soon as allegations of human rights abuse surface. Then they get to work, gathering crucial evidence to determine if further investigation is warranted and, if so, to investigate, document, and capture the world’s attention. They also immed...

Farewell to Hollywood

In a recurring poetic image, 17-year-old Regina Diane Nicholson swings between heaven and earth on a breathtakingly high cliff by the sea. Reggie is a tomboy struggling with cancer, her parents and her dream of making a film. She impresses us with her loving, strong personality and wisdom beyond her years, as well as her morbid sense of humor. Together with director Henry Corra, she is working on a portrait of herself and her struggle with her illness. The film’s initial focus is on Reggie,...

Food Patriots

 Food Patriots begins with a wake up call: filmmakers Jeff Spitz and Jennifer Amdur Spitz’s son got sick eating chicken contaminated with a superbug, and antibiotics failed. The film chronicles the family’s newfound interest in food sources, getting outlaw chickens, and meeting people from all walks of life who are trying to change the way Americans eat food, buy food, and educate the next generation of consumers. They call the people who are doing this Food Patriots.

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Meeting Charlie Parr

Red Wing Fall Festival of the Arts

When the filmmakers heard Minnesota folksinger Charlie Parr playing live in Sydney, Australia, they fell in love with his music. They followed his career and went to see him play a year later in their native Paris. They chatted with Parr, and he invited them to come hear him play in Duluth — which inspired them to create a documentary about this unique musician. Fascinated with the United States as well as with its music, they thought that following an emblematic Minnesota singer was a ...

The Great Invisible

The Great Invisible

Opening Night Film

On April 20, 2010, communities throughout the Gulf Coast of the United States were devastated by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, a state-of-the-art, offshore oil rig operated by BP in the Gulf of Mexico. The blast killed 11 of 126 rig crewmembers and injured many more, setting off a fireball that was seen 35 miles away. After burning for two days, the Deepwater Horizon sank, causing the largest offshore oil spill in American history. The spill flowed unabated for almost three months, ...

The Sea Wing Disaster: Tragedy on Lake Pepin

Red Wing Fall Festival of the Arts

Director Ben Threinen and author Fred Johnson explore one of the Mississippi River’s most tragic events.
The capsizing of The Sea Wing on July 13, 1890 killing 98.
Join us for a special screening of this new documentary. Q&A will follow the screening.

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The Starfish Throwers

By turns both poignant and heartwarming, The Starfish Throwers explores how three of the world’s most fiercely compassionate individuals fight hunger and struggle to restore hope to the hopeless in unexpected and sometimes dangerous ways. Half a world apart, a five-star chef, a retired school teacher and a sixth-grade master gardener fight for a seemingly lost cause—until they discover their impact may reach further than their actions.

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When My Sorrow Died: The Legend of Armen Ra and the Theremin

Glamorously eccentric Theremin master Armen Ra recounts his enigmatic journey in this life-spanning documentary that mixes rare concert performances, candid interviews, and archival material. Escaping systematic bullying for the NYC drag world of 1980’s, he discovered the Theremin, the first electronic instrument ever invented, operated somewhat magically without touch. And like a magician, Armen Ra pulled himself out of darkness, addiction, and fear by pulling ethereal music out of thin ai...

Wicker Kittens

Open the box. Dump out all the pieces. And scramble for your lives. Because this is competitive jigsaw puzzling. And it’ll turn even the mildest-mannered Midwesterners into stone-cold competitors. Every January, the top teams in the game gather at the St. Paul Winter Carnival to determine the fastest puzzlers in the country. Wicker Kittens invites you to choose your favorite contestants—the returning champs, the upstart challengers, the sunny family or the dark horse team with nothing to ...