The local Frozen River Film Festival took recently and saw five films made by native Winonans. As the festival continues to grow more popular, that number is likely to grow, too. Sara Enzenauer, the new director, expressed a vested interest in drawing some of the more creative members of the local community into the mix.
“Film is a really interesting art form,” said Enzenauer. “There’s a lot of emotion that along with it. It’s a really great way for people to express themselves.”
This year’s Frozen River Film Festival featured a film called Anne Pellowski: Storyteller to the World. The film, created by local Mary Farrell, focused on Anne Pellowski, an 84-year-old woman from the local area who has made her way to more than 120 countries. Throughout her life, she’s helped children get access to books in their native languages through workshopping.
Another film, The Lark Ascending, showed off Winona’s natural beauty with video shot from above by a drone. The footage was set to folk melodies by Ralph Vaugn Williams.
With a mission to engage and educate the Winona community, the Frozen River Film Festival features documentary films and discussions designed to offer new perspectives. The festival often ties Winona’s cultural destinations into the mix as well.