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Short Films Block

"Humanity: The Extraordinary & Ordinary Shorts"

Showtime: Sun, Feb 12th @ 10:30 AM
Sponsored by Friends of the Boundary Waters.  Screening followed by Q&A with the filmmakers.
Without art it would be much more difficult for us to connect with one another. In this block, the films offer a look at the cinematic results of stories of truth and connection. All of these films make a compelling case for art in our world and provide insights into the quirky and creative visions of writers, directors, artists, and cultural leaders. These films will evoke deeper conversations about culture, mental health, and the politics of both.



The short film "Mirrors" by award-winning director Paul Jerndal is showing Anis don Demina, Cecilia von Der Esch and Danny Saucedo as they meet their mirror images and their worst self-critical thoughts. Mirrors aim to draw attention to mental health and the importance of daring to share feelings and thoughts....



A highly stylized portrait of a very unique young woman....

Supper Club


Co-owners Paul David Marturano and Rob Russo of the Iron Range Supper Club Valentini's Supper Club reflect on their contrasting immigrant heritage from Italy and Vietnam, and the roles that their mothers have played in their culinary careers...

Contact Traces


Science fiction or everyday reality? An intimate, wordless portrait of a couple riding out the pandemic in a small cabin in the woods - filmed entirely from outside the cabin with long lenses...



Marko and Ankica never gotten over the death of their only child Ante in the war. When their neighbour Stipe suggests renting son’s room to tourists, Marko sees that as an insult but Ankica manages to talk him into it. Renting rooms is easy money, especially for retired people, but having an unknown man sleeping in son's bed troubles Marko a lot...

Tree to Board


This film follows my journey from tree to board, as I shape a surfboard from sustainably harvested North Atlantic Cedar...



At the turn of the 19th century, Midwestern, social elite Clemence Finch’s future is thrown into uncertainty when she accompanies the brewmeister’s wife; a modern woman who engineers a luncheon without a male family member escort. The thrill of her new found independence rocks Clemence’s world and her desire to marry the man she loves is called into question...

Sincerely, Black Women


Sincerely, Black Women is a short documentary film directed, filmed, edited, and produced by Mariam Elias, Gloria Ngwa, and Marylove Ogunro. Interviewing black women in the Twin Cities Metro Area of Minnesota in their respective professions, by asking one question: "What does being a black woman mean to you?". Through that, the stories of politicians, artists, authors, journalists, and trailblazers are told, showcasing the lives of black women in this day and age...

A Voice for the Wild


Emily Ford and sled dog Diggins attempt to cross the secluded Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in winter during subzero temperatures to raise awareness about copper mining threats...