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...

Butter on the Latch

Sarah and Isolde are former friends who meet by chance at a music festival in the woods of Mendocino, California. Happy to be away from the urban life that has for too long defined them, in this mystical setting Sarah teaches Isolde old folk songs about myths, such as dragons that entwine themselves in women’s hair. From this point they begin to share their most intimate confidences with one another. The flow of their conversation in this female utopia is easy until Steph, a male camper, ar...

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...

Ernest and Celestine

Free Kids Movie

Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer – and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn’t long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities.
Based on the c...

Fall to Rise

This engaging, richly textured drama follows a renowned principal dancer whose injury forces her out of her company and uncomfortably into the role of motherhood. She realizes that her identity depends on dance and she struggles to return with the help of another former company dancer. With its star turns by ballerina Katherine Crockett (featured in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and the acclaimed actress Daphne Rubin-Vega, this is a timeless tale with a distinctly New York flavor, reve...

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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Human Capital

The story begins at the end, as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve. As details emerge of the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the well-to-do Bernaschi family, privileged and detached, will intertwine with the Rovellis, struggling to keep their comfortable middle-class life, in ways neither could have expected. Dino Rovelli (Fabrizio Bentivoglio), in dire financial straits, anticipates the birth of twins with his second wife (Valeria ...

Lake Los Angeles

Francisco is a middle-aged Cuban immigrant working at a holding house. Cecilia is a ten-year-old Mexican girl who ends up there with no family members to fend for her.

When Cecilia ends up on her own, she turns the desert into a fantastical world – creating characters and stories to make the hopelessness of the empty landscape a survivable habitat.

Through navigating what was supposed to be their promise land, both Francisco and Cecelia find a common hope in each other whi...

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 ...

North Passage

In an unusual twist on the post-apocalyptic genre, the film depicts a fragmented suburban family fleeing a cultural meltdown, seeking refuge on their survivalist grandfather’s farm. Part northwoods fairy tale, part psychological thriller, North Passage explores a young girl’s psyche as she seeks peace and redemption while facing a startlingly close past.

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The Better Angels

Indiana, 1817. The entire nation, only 40 years old and a few years removed from a second war of independence, is still raw. Men and women must battle against nature and disease to survive in log cabins. This is young Abraham Lincoln’s world. Spanning three years of the future president’s childhood, the film explores his family, the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality.
The stark wilderness they inhabit comes...

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 Mend

A comic drama about rage, doubt, lust, madness and other brotherly hand-me-downs. One night in Harlem, sour, aging Mat reunites with his younger brother Alan, just before Alan heads out for a long-planned vacation with his live-in girlfriend Farrah. Only days later, much sooner than expected, Alan returns home from his vacation to find his apartment commandeered by Mat, Mat’s girlfriend, and Mat’s girlfriend’s son. As doors slam and the power gives out and the threads of family fray, a ...

The Right Juice

When a young English banker leaves everything behind to start an orange plantation, his plans change when he ends up striking oil. Oliver Fellows is pursuing fulfillment on an old farm in Southern Portugal. When Oliver discovers the land is barren for reasons that are more sinister than appear at first glance, he and his neighbor Manel face unprincipled enemies in an amusing quest to save the valley from exploitation.

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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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The Tribe

One of this year’s most talked-about films, and a wild success at this year’s Cannes — where it garnered three Critics’ Week awards, including the Grand Prix — Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s feature debut, The Tribe, is an unforgettably original drama set entirely in the world of the deaf.

Teenage Sergey (Grigoriy Fesenko), arriving at a boarding school for the deaf, is greeted by more than the usual challenges of integration. Put through the requisite initiation...

Thou Wast Mild and Lovely

Psychosexual tensions boil over in this hair-raising erotic drama, set on an idyllic farm in the Kentucky countryside. When hired hand Akin (DIY staple Joe Swanberg) arrives to help out for the summer, he becomes increasingly entangled with the mysterious and emotionally manipulative relationship between farmer (Robert Longstreet) and daughter. Using time-lapse photography and shifting points of view, Decker imbues the bucolic scenery with a mounting sense of dread that evokes John Steinbeck ...

Time Lapse

Time Lapse is a sci-fi thriller that explores the possibilities of time travel via a machine that is capable of peering 24 hours into the future. When three friends discover this strange machine in their neighbor’s apartment, they are faced with a number of pressing questions, not least of which is the whereabouts of their neighbor. Realizing the potential impact of the machine, they attempt to cash in on their discovery, but when a dangerous criminal learns their secret, the friends must s...

Two Step

Closing Night Film

Kicked out of college, James visits Grams, his only remaining family, who dies shortly after his arrival. He finds consolation in the company of Grams’ neighbor, Dot, a dance teacher, as he figures out his next move. While settling Grams’ affairs, James learns she’s been the victim of the “grandparent scam” in which someone posing as James has been slowly bilking her out of thousands. But before James can go looking for the culprit, he shows up at the front door,...

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 ...

Zero Motivation

Director Talya Lavie steps into the spotlight with a zany, dark comedic portrait of everyday life for a unit of female Israeli soldiers. The Human Resources office at a remote desert base serves as the setting for this cast of characters, who bide their time pushing paper and battling in computer games, counting down the minutes until they can return to civilian life. Amidst their boredom and clashing personalities, issues of commitment—to friendship, love, and country—are handled with hu...