Directory 41 Northern Film Festival begins this Thursday and ends Sunday, November 7 at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. The festival once again provides an exceptional opportunity for people to come together and watch stimulating, entertaining and award-winning films from around the world that explore a range of issues, ideas and personalities. Along with more than 30 films on the schedule this year (both feature films and short films), there will be special guests and attractions, as well as music in the lobby between films.
This year’s program has something for everyone, from films that examine new media technologies and the environment to the incredible feats of science explorers, domino knockers and undercover operatives in their eighties. Highlights of this year’s program include: “All Light, Everywhere (Anthony, 2021)”, winner of the Sundance US Documentary Special Jury Award for Nonfiction Experimentation, screened Thursday, November 4 at 7 p.m., and “Storm Lake (Risius / Levison, 2021)”, a story about a family newspaper owned by a small town that recently won a Pulitzer Prize. Storm Lake Times editor-in-chief Art Cullen and filmmaker Beth Levison will join in a virtual Q&A after the film. The film will be screened on Friday November 5 at 7:30 p.m.
The festival will present two feature films that question our relationship with nature: “The lake at the bottom of the world (Kasic, 2021)”, on Antarctic scientists, and “The Velvet Queen (Amiguet, 2021)”, which follows the Tibetan hike of famous wildlife photographer Vincent Munier in search of the elusive snow leopard. These will air on Saturday, November 6.
On Sunday November 7, the festival offers families “Lily turns the world upside down (Workman, 2021)”, the story of young domino artist Lily Hevesh, whose incredible domino creations have earned her over three million Youtube followers. The closing night film is “Summer of Soul (Questlove, 2021)”, the remarkable story – almost lost to history – of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. This year’s Summer of Soul won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Prize in the American Documentary Competition at the Sundance.
Check out the full lineup of films and events at 41northfilmfest.org. The festival is free and open to the public. Students will need to bring their HuskyCard. All other festival-goers can book their tickets at tickets.mtu.edu or by calling 906-487-2073. Tickets will also be available in the Rozsa Hall before each movie.
Major sponsorship for the festival is provided by the Department of Humanities, the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, the College of Sciences and Arts, and the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.