WI/MN Showcase Films

Before You

While reading a bedtime story to his daughter, a man reflects on the mystery and wonder of fatherhood in this strikingly-photographed, lyrical film.

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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...

Documentary Shorts

Three short documentaries from Wisonsin and Minnesota Filmmakers

The Sea Wing Disaster – Tragedy on Lake Pepin

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

Directed By Ben Threinen | Documentary Short | 41 minutes | WI/MN Showcase, USA | 2014

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Kathy’s Live Bait

Cultures converge at a small bait shop in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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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 ...

Nice Guy

Red Wing Fall Festival of the Arts

Filmmaker Nick Tuinstra blends personal experience with fiction in this experimental short film

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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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Present Trauma

Red Wing Fall Festival of the Arts

Keith, a Marine veteran, is struggling to cope with family life after a combat tour overseas. After deciding to keep a stray dog, a unique bond forms between the two, changing Keith’s life in a way that he never expected.

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Short Films For the Red Wing Fall Festival of the Arts

Red Wing Fall Festival of the Arts

Celebrate Flyway’s participation in the Red Wing Fall Festival of the Arts with a block of short films.

Hand picked by our programming staff from more than 1100 submissions these are some of the most compelling thought provoking and engaging short films of 2014.

Present Trauma

Keith, a Marine veteran, is struggling to cope with family life after a combat tour overseas. After deciding to keep a stray dog, a unique bond forms between the two, changing...

The Crazy Misadventures of Christ

Saturday Night Shorts

Jesus is bitten by a snake.

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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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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 ...

Wisconsin’s Mining Standoff

In March 2013, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed legislation that rewrote the state’s iron mining laws, paving the way for Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) to dig an open-pit iron mine in the pristine woods of the Penokee mountain range.
This film tells the story of how GTAC and its allies wielded money and power to influence the law, and goes behind the scenes with the burgeoning movement to resist the mine

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