Category Archives: Films

FRFF presents Attempting the Northwest Passage

Frozen River Film Festival is presenting the locally made film Attempting the Northwest Passage. It is available for viewing free of charge through October 24, 2020 through the Frozen River Film Festival’s online screening platform (

In the summer of 2014, Taff Roberts, of Winona, and his fellow crew members attempted to sail the Northwest Passage from Greenland to Nome, Alaska. The film documents the attempted voyage of the vessel Catryn and the challenges that the crew encountered: polar bears, gales, high winds, ice, and heavy seas.

They met other boats along the way whose crew members share their passion and thoughts about attempting such a voyage. The goal of this new documentary is to inspire and propel both young and older people to remove their fear and pursue their dreams and aspirations that they have always held.

The film was first shown at the Frozen River Film Festival in February of 2016. Filmmaker Taff Roberts will take part in a discussion after the film.
Music by Winona artist Betsy Neil will be included as part of the online event.

For more information, visit or the festival’s Facebook page (

About Frozen River Film Festival

Frozen River Film Festival (FRFF) is Minnesota’s only all-documentary film festival.  Now in its 16th year, FRFF presents more than seventy-films annually during the festival weekend (February 10-14, 2021), brings in filmmakers from around the world, and works with students on the documentary film-making process. To learn more visit

Frozen River Film Festival is a member of the River Arts Alliance. To learn more about the benefits of membership, please visit:


Sharon Mansur’s “…in the space between” dance film screening

Friday | August 14 | 4:00pm-7:00pm Third Street | Downtown Winona During this Friday’s Dine Out Downtown, catch colorful and kinetic glimpses of Winona based artist Sharon Mansur’s dance film “…in the space between” as you shop and dine. Originally filmed in Winona, this film will be shared in the storefront windows of several… Continue Reading

Frozen River Film Festival to Present John Latsch Film as Part of Online Film Series

Frozen River Film Festival will present the documentary short film, John Latsch: The Man & His River, by Winona filmmaker Mary Farrell and written by Winonan, Frances Edstrom, beginning Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 7:00pm. The film screening will include a musical prelude by Mike Munson who composed music for the film, and a Q&A… Continue Reading

Frozen River Film Festival – Season 15!

The Frozen River Film Festival —Minnesota’s only all-documentary film festival—celebrates their 15th season this year with over 80 films from around the world presented during the festival week (February 5-9). Beginning Wednesday night, February 5, at the Winona Senior High School, Winonans can take advantage of the Wednesday Double Header film night. A single ticket… Continue Reading

Crafting Adventure at Pearl Street

Friday | January 10 | 7:00-9:00pm Pearl Street Brewery 1401 Saint Andrew St | La Crosse, WI Frozen River Film Festival will host an adventure-themed film set at Pearl Street Brewery in La Crosse. The event “Crafting Adventure (a set of short films)” blends the art of craft beer and the art of film… Continue Reading

Film Screening: Charged

Thursday | November 14 | 6:30-9:00pm The Oaks | 75 W 3rd St Frozen River Film Festival’s 2018 festival winner, Charged, is returning to Winona for this special screening. Stop by early for a drink and appetizers! Suggested donation is $5. Film starts at 7:00pm. About Charged: In 2011, Chef Eduardo Garcia was shocked… Continue Reading

One Week Job Film

Thursday | November 7 | 7:00-9:00pm Science Laboratory Center 120 | Winona State University Winona State’s 2019 University Theme Film Series “Careers, Conflicts, and Callings” Concludes with One Week Job (2010, dir. Ian Mackenzie), featuring special guest Sean Aiken. Like many young people, Sean Aiken wondered what to do with his life. So he… Continue Reading

Finding Home in Boomtown Film Presentation

Tuesday | October 29 | 7:00-9:00pm Miller Auditorium (Stark 103) | Winona State University Winona State’s 2019 University Theme Film Series “Careers, Conflicts, and Callings” Continues with Finding Home in Boomtown (2019, dir. Matt Maxwell). An award-winning documentary from this year’s festival circuit, Finding Home in Boomtown shows the challenges faced by a young… Continue Reading