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MAY 16, 2019

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(Not all films are available online.)

Prayers in Song – Directed by Finn Ryan. A production of Wisconsin Public Television Education – Filmmaker in attendance

4 min

In Prayers in a Song, Minneapolis based hip hop artist Tall Paul raps about his struggle to learn his indigenous language, Anishinaabemowin, and his journey toward a deeper understanding of his Native identity.

The Arrowhead Traverse – Produced by We Found Adventure and directed by Kristopher and Ruth Lencowski – Filmmakers in attendance

23 min + Q&A

Maura and Bobby Marko are impassioned outdoor explorers. After becoming parents they knew that passing on a love and respect for the wilderness would be a major priority for their family. The family attempted a bold traverse of the Arrowhead of Minnesota traveling from the Mississippi River to Lake Superior by bicycle, canoe, and foot; all with their 3-year-old son and 9-month-old daughter along for the adventure.

Fall Superior Races by Fresh Tracks Media – Filmmakers in attendance

10 min + Q&A

Wynn Davis once said that running the Superior 100 is like trying to solve a puzzle with your feet for two days straight. This video pays tribute to one of the oldest 100 milers in the United States and the community that surrounds this weekend long event that keeps large herds of people coming to the lovely north year after year.

Building the Bootlegger by Alex Horner and Kevin Fitzke – Filmmakers in attendance

5 min + Q&A

Building The Bootlegger shows the 30-day build process of the custom made paddle boards from Minneapolis based, Fitzke Board Co.


From start to finish, Kevin Fitzke hand crafts each board to a precise build standard. His process pays homage to classic Criss Craft wood boat design. Taking age old design elements, Fitzke incorporates them into each board in his own unique process.

Every Step – Directed and produced by Finn Ryan and Dylan Jennings. A production of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission – Filmmaker in attendance

8 min + Q&A

In 1989, a small group of athletes set out on a Healing and Solidarity run to bring peace and healing to the communities impacted by conflicts over recently affirmed Ojibwe treaty rights to spear fish in the ceded territories around the central Great Lakes. The run has since evolved to address challenges faced by communities along its route. This is the story of the Healing Circle Run Walk and how it continues to bring healing and solidarity today.

INTERMISSION (at approximately 8:30 PM)

Decoding the Driftless Directed by Jonas Stenstrom. Produced by Emmy-award winning George Howe, Tim Jacobson of Sustainable Science, and Rob Nelson of Untamed Science. 

61 min

Winner of "Best Picture" and "Best Cinematography" in the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival., Decoding the Driftless is a wild ride of adventure through the air, across rugged landscapes, on and under the water, through a secret underworld, and across time itself to explore and decipher ancient clues of archaeology, paleontology, geology, and biology of the Driftless Region, with its captivating scenic beauty. Learn why this one region, in the heart of America, is the only “island driftless region” in the world.


Photography by Bryan Hansel

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All films need to relate to outdoor adventure and have been completed in 2016 or later and should be under 30 minutes in length. Shorter films are encouraged!


We have two categories for submissions: 

AdventureMN – for films by Minnesota filmmakers or based in Minnesota
Midwest and Beyond – for all adventure films not related to Minnesota

NOTE: Overall, special consideration will be given to filmmakers and topics from the following states: Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.


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