Category Archives: Films

Frozen River Film Festival

February 10 – 14 |

The first virtual Frozen River Film Festival is now underway! To plan your viewing, the program is available here: In addition to the films, there are workshops and Zoom gatherings scheduled. Please let the advertisers know how much their support is appreciated.

The Local Set is a perennial festival favorite. Two RAA members have directed films featured in this set. Be sure to check it out on Sunday at 1:00pm.

Fish Camp
Directed by Hywel Taff Roberts
A biology professor at Winona State University, in southeastern Minnesota invites a student up to Alaska to work on a small mammal research project. Paul falls in love with Alaska and pursues his dream to buy a fishing permit in Prince William Sound. Every summer he is joined by his family and crew members from the midwest, and introduces them all to the wilderness, and the hard work of sustainable fishing. Paul’s passion for his work, surrounded by nature, helps develop future opportunities for the young crew members.

Winona Unmasked
Directed by Mary Farrell
We have all been impacted by COVID-19. A friend was one of the first people to lose his father to the virus at a local nursing home. I wanted to capture his story on film, and that began this collection of interviews with others in the Winona community who were affected personally and professionally. Some struggled and some thrived, but everyone adapted to new ways of overcoming limitations and inconveniences in order to carry on with daily responsibilities and activities. Their stories often reveal an underlying sense of gratefulness and hope in the midst of this life-changing pandemic.

Frozen River Film Festival, Hywel Taff Roberts, and Mary Farrell are members of the River Arts Alliance. To learn more about the benefits of membership, please visit:



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… Continue Reading

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