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Rainbows in the Wilderness

  • Showtime: Sat, Feb 10th @ 12:50 PM

  • Runtime: 30:00

  • Directed By: M Baxley

  • Rating: GA

  • Genre: Documentary, LGBTQ+, wilderness travel

Sponsored By:

Sponsored by Tofte Lake Center, this screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers Chad Brown and M. Baxley.

Join us before the screening from 11:30-12:30 in the lounge for a Community Conversation About Real Issues, facilitated by Voices for Ethnic and Multicultural Awareness (Chisholm, MN).


Rural America has long been a space where Queer folks can anticipate danger and discrimination. Our nation's wilderness areas involve the same hazards. That's why Boundary Waters Outfitter, Jason Zabokrtsky, decided to guide a paddle trip exclusively for Queer identifying participants.

This short Documentary follows a group of 9 LGBTQ+ strangers into the far northern wilderness in search of adventure, safety and belonging. Through painful confrontations with the landscape and self doubt, each individual on this journey encounters beauty and belonging in the backcountry.

Director Bios:

M Baxley lives in far northern Minnesota and works as a story teller for the people, land, and water of the region. They are passionate about breaking down the perceived divisions of our human experience.