WI/MN Showcase Films

A Lesson In Comfortable Silence

Student Films
Why does silence become prickly and consumptive in daily interactions? Screens as a part of the Student Shorts block. ...

adamas

Student Films
After the death of her husband, Esther, a 22-year-old Hmong American woman, struggles to be unconquered by the plagues of loss and grief. Though Esther remains weary with sorrow, her family continually seeks to help her find a strengthening revelation. Screens as a part of the Student Shorts block. ...

Church of Felons

The captivating true story of addiction, loss, and redemption. Four multi-offense felons attempt to dig out from rock bottom after a life of addiction and crime. It’s the story of a furious, fed-up, unforgiving judicial system, and a church in the middle of a cornfield at the center of it all. Would you want a second chance? This film questions our perception of addiction and crime in America. With twists at the end you’ll never expect, you may soon begin questioning what you believe...
Documentary Shorts Program

Documentary Shorts

All The President’s Heads USA | 2016 | 9 minutes Directed By Adam Roffman One man’s quest to save the Presidents of the United States. We Are Made of Bone USA | 2016 | 20 minutes Directed By Olivia Ebertz We are Made of Bone is a documentary look at Mexican immigrant life and the fast-growing subculture that venerates the folk saint Santa Muerte (The Holy Dead). The film is a colorful celebration of this thriving transplant community in Queens, and a religion in which devotion takes the ...

Elf Help

Friday Night Shorts
A struggling couple sees an eccentric relationship counselor to help them break up. Screens as a part of  the Friday Night Shorts Block ...

Fragile

Student Films
Screens as a part of the Student Shorts block. A collage artist finds his masterpiece in the darkest part of humanity. ...

Frame of Mine

Student Films
Frame of Mine is a Horror/Suspense film about a naive man who develops an unconventional and unnerving relationship with a subject at work, his lack of empathy leads to severe unintended results. Screens as a part of the Student Shorts block. ...
Friday Night Shorts Program

Friday Night Shorts

Friday Night Shorts
Spunkle USA | 2016 | 13 minutes Directed By Lisa Donato A brother contemplates fatherhood when his older sister and her free-spirited wife ask him to be their sperm donor. ONERE USA | 2016 | 9 minutes Directed By Kevin Pontuti A young woman bears a strange burden. Great White Storm USA | 2016 | 13 Minutes Directed By Jon Thomas A man (Peter Christian Hansen) and his young son (Noah Deets) cross a dangerous white wasteland to obtain fire, a once plentiful resource. When our father succumbs to the...

Great White Storm

Friday Night Shorts
A man (Peter Christian Hansen) and his young son (Noah Deets) cross a dangerous white wasteland to obtain fire, a once plentiful resource. When the father succumbs to the elements, his son must collect the fire and work feverishly to breathe the fire and their world back to life. Screens as part of the Friday Night Shorts block. ...

How To Make A Mask

A look at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater’s annual MayDay Parade from 2006 to the present. Screens as part of the Documentary Shorts Block ...

Jim and Peggy’s Peeps

Jim and Peggy’s passion for social justice inspires them to make a short film about it. ...

June Falling Down

June returns to her small hometown for the wedding of her best friend, which finally forces her to come to terms with her losses and move forward with her life, no matter how painful. ...

Midnight Snack

Student Films
Little Billy Wakes up in the middle of the night hungry. As he walks toward his fridge he finds a murderer following him. Screens as a part of the Student Shorts block. ...

Minnesota 13: From Grain to Glass

The story of an elite moonshine produced in the heart of Minnesota by Catholic farmers during Prohibition, and the modern-day attempts of a micro-distillery to resuscitate the brand as a premium whiskey. ...

Murder in the Making: A Documentary

Student Films
A documentarian is hired by a serial killer to film his next kill. Screens as a part of the Student Shorts block. ...

Onere

Screens as a part of The Friday Night Shorts block A young woman bears a strange burden. ...

Promise in the Sand (work in progress)

Film excerpts and discussion with the director. Red Wing filmmaker Jim Tittle presents scenes from an update to The Price of Sand, his 2013 documentary about the frac sand boom in Minnesota and Wisconsin. ...

Radiofrequency Ablation

Friday Night Shorts
The heart-shaped news team reports on the heart operation of the animator of this film. Catheters are sent up to the heart to roast the heart tissue to correct an arrhythmia problem, and the news team puts you there to see it as it happens. Screens as a part of the Friday Night Shorts block. ...
Student Film Program

Student Shorts

The Bel Air Motel USA | 2016 | 3 Minutes Directed By Mira Lippold-Johnson A five star review of a budget motel in Austin, TX White Doe USA | 2016 | 11 minutes Directed By Louie Fisher A family’s dark past is drawn to light when a man’s obsession gets him arrested, and his estranged daughter must bail him out of jail. Frame of Mine USA | 2015 | 12 minutes Directed By Matthew Simonis Frame of Mine is a Horror/Suspense film about a naive man who develops an unconventional and unnerving ...

The Bel Air Motel

Student Films
A five star review of a budget motel in Austin, TX. Screens as a part of the Student Film block. ...

The Legend of Swee’ Pea

That Lloyd “Swee’ Pea” Daniels became an NBA player was no surprise — at age 16 he was named ‘the next Magic Johnson” and possibly the best player that had ever lived. That his NBA debut happened at age 25, with bullets still lodged in his chest and a body ravaged by years of crack-cocaine addiction, was a miracle. The Legend of Swee’ Pea tells the story of a dramatic basketball odyssey in which the hero must ultimately confront a life imperfectly lived....

The Letter E

Opening Night Film
A short musical comedy about love, meaninglessness, and a 14-year-old girl named Eleanor who loves the letter E. ...

The Man Crush

Friday Night Shorts
You can’t help what the heart wants. Trevor meets the man he thinks he’s been waiting for – and confesses his feelings toward one guy who isn’t what Trevor expected him to be. Screens as a part of the Friday Night Shorts block. ...

The Tell: 2 Chefs

Screens as a part of the Documentary Shorts block. Chefs Carrie Summer and Lisa Carlson opened a restaurant called the Chef Shack in Bay City, Wisconsin. In that small river town they find love and acceptance in their craft. ...

The Test

Student Films
After failing her history final and is seeing her college ambitions at risk Mara demands a retake. She calls upon the paranormal to give herself a second chance. Screens as a part of the Student Shorts block. ...

We Are Made Of Bone

A documentary look at Mexican immigrant life and the fast-growing subculture that venerates the folk saint Santa Muerte (The Holy Dead). The film is a colorful celebration of this thriving transplant community in Queens, and a religion in which devotion takes the form of parties, late-night worship sessions and a reverence for death. Screens as part of the Documentary Shorts. ...

White Doe

Student Films
A family’s dark past is drawn to light when a man’s obsession gets him arrested, and his estranged daughter must bail him out of jail. Screens as a part of the Student Shorts block. ...