Category Archives: Films

Raising Hell: The Restoration of the Masonic Theatre Scenic Drops

Sunday | February 9 | 3:30pm
Somsen Hall | WSU

The historic Winona Masonic Theatre was home to a collection of 98 hand-painted scenic drops dating back to the early 1900s and used by the Winona Masons for their Scottish Rite initiation ceremonies. Due to water damage and safety concerns, the City of Winona decided to remove the drops from the rigging system and encapsulate them in 2017 and store them temporarily.

The city council later approved a plan to save 13 of the drops, including a scene from Hades. Kim Lawler, a professional scenery painter, was hired to restore the drops in 2018 and filmmaker Mary Farrell documented the unique restoration process. Her film will be shown at the Frozen River Film Festival as part of the Local film set.

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


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

Sorry to Bother You Film Screening

Friday | October 25 | 7:00-9:00pm WSU | Stark 103 Winona State’s 2019 University Theme Film Series: “Careers, Conflicts, and Callings” Continues with Sorry to Bother You (2018, dir. Boots Riley). This Sundance hit mashup of sci-fi tropes and irreverent humor had the attention of critics and audiences alike last year for its savvy take… Continue Reading

Mister James and Mister Jeff DVD

There is a DVD copy of the play Mister James and Mister Jeff at the Winona Public Library, for those who missed it and would like to see it! Mister James and Mister Jeff is the mostly true story of James W. Stovall and “Old Jeff”…two escaped slaves who arrived in Winona after the Civil… Continue Reading

17 Blocks Film Screening

Tuesday | October 22 | 7:00-9:30pm WSU | Stark 103 17 Blocks (2019, dir. Davy Rothbart). Award-winning director Davy Rothbart will appear at WSU to present his verité-inspired documentary charting the challenges faced by four generations of the Sanford-Durant family just blocks from the nation’s capital, but beset by extreme poverty, gang-related violence, drug… Continue Reading