2017 Highway 61 Film Festival schedule • Oct. 5-8

DIFFERENT REALITIES • Thursday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m. • Pine Center for the Arts  (265 5th St. SE, Pine City, MN 55063)

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iRony • Director: Radhey Jegatheva • Animation • Australia • 8 min • A film that explores the relationship between man and technology… told from the perspective of a phone.

Limit

Limit • Director: Javad Daraei • Student Short • Iran • 9 min •  in a quiet area a mentally-challenged man asks for help from the people he sees till someone enters his house, then suddenly…

sonate

Sonate • Director: Rineta Xhema  • Student Short • 3 min • A ballerina dreams of performing, then wakes up to find things are not as they seem.

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Metamorphosis • Director: Lana Bregar • SECOND PLACE- Student Short • Slovenia • 2 min• Gregor Samsa is a traveling salesman, a lone individual, and is actually transforming into a bug.

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The Interview • Director: Marc Gurung • FIRST PLACE-  Drama Short  •  France • 18 min • Christophe passes a job interview in the company where his girlfriend, Emma, works. The couple celebrates, but Christophe asks himself if he received special treatment. The evening has just begun…

Officially Limited explores artists' reimaginings of pop culture

Officially Limited • Director: John Otterbacher • FIRST PLACE- Documentary Short  • Chicago • 37 min • A trip into the booming alternative movie poster world through the lens of a filmmaker, where nerd art is coveted and copyright battles are fought.

Occupants

Occupants• Director: Russell Emanuel • SECOND PLACE- Action/Horror Feature • California • 1 hr 20 min • Annie and Neil set up cameras all over their house for an internet show. But half of their cameras capture a parallel version of themselves – a version that ultimately threatens their very existence.

THE SPACE BETWEEN US • Friday, October 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Pine Technical and Community College  (900 4th St. SE, Pine City, MN 55063)

The astronauts journal

The Astronaut’s Journal • Director: Marina Belikova • Germany • SECOND PLACE-  Animation •  5 min • Man has gone out to explore other worlds and other civilizations without having explored his own labyrinth…

The Bet Styx

The Bet (Styx) • Director: Mari Cielo Pajares • FIRST PLACE-  Action/Horror Short •  Spain • 15 min • A man awakes in a different body every day. He will soon find out that there is a reason for him to be “them” on one particular day.

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Hope Springs Eternal • Director: Rachel Miller • FIRST PLACE- Student Short  •  USA •  5 min • A mother must learn to cope with the hardships of war, her son’s absence, and the reality of her situation.

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El Audifono (The Earpiece) • Director: Samuel Quiles Palop • FIRST PLACE- Comedy Short • Spain • 15 min • One day, Perfecta finds out that Fernando is the one who is responsible for her cats’ disappearances, so she takes revenge in their anniversary dinner.

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Laymun • Director: Catherine Prowse • London • FIRST PLACE- Animation Short • 5 min • The story of a gardener in a Middle Eastern war zone, fighting the destruction around her with life-giving plants.

Zero MM

Zero MM • Director: Semaa Samir • Iraq • Drama Short • 8 min • Homeless children live in a car parking lot and struggle for life.

Jukebox Girl

Jukebox Girl • Director: Alex Richard Thomas •  Georgia • Drama Short • 10 min • Brenda, the mayor’s daughter, is also known by her criminal alias, The Jukebox Girl.

Inhumanwich

Inhumanwich! • Director: David Cornelius • FIRST PLACE- Comedy Feature • Ohio • 1 hr 15 min • When all-American astronaut Joe Neumann mutates into an unstoppable blob of meat, it’s up to a team of devoted scientists and hard-nosed soldiers to save the planet.

BLOODY GOOD FUN • Friday, October 6 at 9 p.m. at Pizza Pub (500 3rd Ave SE, Pine City, MN 55063)

When chickens turn the tables, you have All You Can Eat

All You Can Eat • Directors: Manuel Pérez and Paulina Galindo • Animation • México • 8 min • Tommy is a tiny chick living a normal life until the farmer kills his mother, and he leads a revolution of chickens.

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Princess Beard • Director: Hiroki Ohsawa • Comedy Short- SECOND PLACE • California • 15 min • A princess who has a beard because of a wicked witch’s curse tries to get a true love kiss.

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A Father’s Day • Director: Mat Johns • Action/Horror Short- SECOND PLACE • U.K. • 10 min • Reunited with his daughter amongst the ruins of the world as they knew it, a father is determined to make this day special, even if they are already dead.

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Pet Man • Director: Marzieh Abrarpaydar • Animation • Iran • 4 min • An animal dealer goes asleep in his shop and has a nightmare, finding himself caught in an animal cage.

so what if I

So What If I Couldn’t Take It • Director: Zachary Weinstein • Student Short • New York • 6 min • A high school student directed music video in four different parts.

When your blind date turns out to be a sock pupp

American Sock • Director: Jeffrey Lamont Brown • Comedy Short • Tennessee • 7 min • A girl finds her soul mate on a social media site, but he turns out to be a sock puppet.

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For Luck • Director: TL Westgate • Comedy Short • USA • 7 min • The wrong guy goes into the wrong place at the wrong time. What could possibly go right?

Atlas world

Atlas World • Director: Morgana McKenzie • Student Short • Ontario, Canada • 7 min • A malignant spirit forces a girl into a perilous journey through a watery underworld.

the stillborn

The Stillborn • Director: Forrest DePoy • Action/Horror Short  •  Indiana  •  5 min • Something terrible has happened. One brother has gone missing, and something evil stalks the other.

The Tug

The Tug • Director: Nic Barker • Comedy Short • Australia • 1 min • Matt and Emma are about to take their relationship to the next level.

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Autumn Lovers • Director: Jason K. Allen • Comedy Short • Tennessee • 5 min • Two young lovers go for a walk in the park and are inspired to reveal their true feelings about each other.

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Just Words • Director: Ilia Antonenko • Drama Short  •  Russia • 24 min • A policeman and his happy-go-lucky colleague investigate a routine suicide. The policeman breaks the law and his own moral principles after he hears a familiar voice from a victim’s cellphone.

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Short Distance • Director: Nic Barker • FIRST PLACE- Drama Feature •  Australia • 1 hr • Over the course of a weekend, three couples experience complications of long distance relationships and modern love.

FINDING FAMILY (Family friendly films)  • Saturday, October 7 at 12 p.m. at the North West Company Fur Post (12551 Voyageur Lane, Pine City, MN 55063)

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Corky • Director: Ty Primosch  •  Animation  •  Connecticut •  6 min• A corkscrew with a screw loose battles a giant glass bottle to uncork seven magical lightning bugs trapped inside.

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The Magician • Directosr: Yu Xin, Yao Nan and Zhu Yinyin •  Student Short  •  4 min • A young magician is practicing his magic tricks all alone when a bird arrives across and becomes his only fan.

the snack list

The Snack List Director: Alyce Rogers  •  Student Short •  Florida  •  7 min • Kids who run a snack business at their summer camp have competition, and set out to take their rivals down.

believer

Believer • Director: Joey Gainor • Student Short • USA • 1 min • Skeletons and a tiger engage in a fierce stop-motion battle in a film by this 8-year-old director.

Finding Home • Director: Radheya Jegatheva • Student Short • Australia •  3 min • A lonely piece begins to look for his family and home.

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Tiny Wing • Director: Wei Li • Animation • California • 3 min • Two birds born with wing problems meet each other and figure out a way to make a miracle happen.

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FloreDirector: Jean-Philippe Poisson • Animation • Canada • 1 min • An old adventurer tries to catch a mysterious flower in a desert temple.

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Flipped Out •  Director: Jae Bae • Animation • 6 min • An old flip phone has to come to terms with being replaced by the latest smartphone model.

The true viking

The Story of the True VikingDirector: Alexandra Evseeva • Animation • Russia • 7 min • Danger, blood, powerful enemies, death risk – all of this is not a problem at all…

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The Genesis of the Trike • Director: Andrew Hed • Documentary Short • Minnesota • 4 min • Peacock Groove, founded by Erik Noren, is a Minneapolis-based custom bicycle studio where Noren handcrafts one-of-a-kind bicycles.

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Demolition Dreaming • Director: John Akre • Animation Feature • Minnesota • 53 min • A fantasy of the Minneapolis Gateway District, part of the city destroyed during the days of urban renewal in the 1950’s and early 1960’s

EXPLORING MINNESOTA • Saturday, October 7 at 5:30 p.m. at Pine Technical and Community College (900 4th St. SE, Pine City, MN 55063)

My father

My Father • Director: Joseph Dutra • FIRST PLACE- Made in Minnesota • 6 min • An honest, historical portrait a man’s father, and how memories struggle in his thoughts.

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The Ragman – A Hobo’s Story Untold • Director: Cy Dodson • SECOND PLACE- Made in Minnesota • 15 min • The untold tale of The Ragman – the storyteller, the vagabond, but most importantly the songwriter.

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In the Skip Distance • Director: Emily McNeill • Made in Minnesota • Duluth • 7 min • A young girl alone in the wilderness finds analog technology. An exploration of childhood.

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Nuclear Winter- The Musical! Director: Erin LeMair • Made in Minnesota • Lindstrom • 12 min • A spunky girl, who really likes to break radios, makes music in the aftermath of nuclear war.

What happens when actual aliens move into a small MN town? Illegal Aliens has the answer

Illegal Aliens • Director: Justin and Kristin Schaack • Made in Minnesota • Richfield • 10 min • Due to the arrival of actual undocumented aliens, the city meets to determine if they should ban the newcomers.

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Twin Cities • Director: David Ash • Made in Minnesota • St. Anthony • 1 hr 38 min • Salvaging a marriage takes time and trust, two things that John and Emily no longer have.

BLOOD ON THE TRACKS • Saturday, October 7 at 9 p.m. at Pine City Pizza Pub (500 3rd Ave SE, Pine City, MN 55063)

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Zomburbia • Director: Nathan Wold • Made in Minnesota • 7 min • A zombie movie set inside a 1950s sitcom.

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Conscience • Director: Kirk Eckstine and Joe John • Made in Minnesota • 13 min • Asleep at the wheel, a driver makes a tragic mistake. All choices have consequences. What will his be?

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Inside • Director: Tony Perkins • Made in Minnesota • 13 min • A psychological thriller about a girl wrestling with her past as the lines of reality are blurred.

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Ghost Slapper • Director: David Mair • Made in Minnesota • Vadnais Heights • 7 min • It’s business as usual for ghost exterminator Keith, until he must face the biggest challenge of his life – the ghost of his former partner.

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Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf Trailer • Director: Joseph Dutra • Made in Minnesota • Shoreview • 3 min • Based on a myth they heard, teens dare the actor Shia Labeouf to come to their house and kill them. Then bodies start dropping.

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 “Vilsen” /Ave Mater • Director: Rasmus Tirzitis • FIRST PLACE- Action/Horror Feature • Sweden • 1 hr 55 min • Detective Lidman faces his career’s toughest assignment yet – to solve the ritualistic serial killings in Gothenburg.

TELLING STORIES • Sunday, October 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Pine Technical and Community College (900 4th St. SE, Pine City, MN 55063)

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American Storytellers • Director: Emily Tope • Documentary Short • Wisconsin • 11 min • This Decorah-made film explores the history and mission of Free River Press.

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Melding Tiles • Director: Justin Choo • Student Short • Hong Kong • 7 min • The ancient tradition of carving Mahjong tiles is explored.

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Shadow People • Director: Amanda Ramirez • Student Short • Texas • 7 min • Exploring the dark and mysterious world of the paranormal phenomena known as “Shadow People.”

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Stroke • Directors: Jiani Zhao and Emanuele Romano • Animation • U.K. • 5 min An old man recalls his experience. It starts with a strong headache, then symptoms alternate with peculiar visions of the reality around him.

Full Throttle – Without a Care • Director: Daniel Bahr • Animation • 3 min • Every year, 3.3 million people die. Tiny poison bombs in the air penetrate our bodies. Fine dust kills.

Yi

Yi • Director: Jiacheng Xu • SECOND PLACE- Documentary Short • Virginia • 36 min • Yi centers on a Chinese migrant laborer, and explores the intersections of transnational migrancy, cultural identity, and diasporic communities.

Scent of the Stars

Scent of the Stars • Director: Francesco Felli • SECOND PLACE- Drama Short • Italy • 12 min • Nino, out of the madhouse after 30 years, finds himself incapable of living otherwise. Just as Adriano, a hospital doctor, is unable to find the courage to face life. They all will find the meaning of small things again.

Jeffs World

Jeff’s World • Director: Brenda Piekarski • FIRST PLACE- Documentary Feature • Minnesota • 1 hr • A humorous behind-the-scenes look into the world of rock climbing Follow Jeff Engel and his friends as in a wild and remote climbing area ten miles beyond the Minnesota border into Canada.

Congratulations to all the 2017 Award Winners and Semifinalists!

AWARD WINNERS

ACTION/HORROR FEATURE
Vilsen • Director: Rasmus Tirzitis • First Place – Action/Horror Feature • 115 minutes
Occupants • Director: Russ Emanuel • Second Place – Action/Horror Short • 80 minutes

ACTION/HORROR SHORT
The Bet (Styx) • Director: Mari Cielo Pajares • First Place- Action/Horror Short • 15 minutes
A Father’s Day • Director: Mat Johns • Second Place – Action/Horror Short • 10 minutes

ANIMATION
Laymun • Director: Catherine Prowse • First Place – Animation • 5 minutes
The Astronaut’s Journal • Director: Marina Belikova • Second Place – Animation • 5 minutes

COMEDY FEATURE
Inhumanwich! • Director: David Cornelius • First Place – Comedy Feature • 73 minutes
Fairfield Follies • Director: Laura Pepper • Second Place – Comedy Feature • 100 minutes

COMEDY SHORT
El Audifono (The Earpiece) • Director: Samuel Quiles Palop • First Place – Comedy Short • 15 minutes
Princess Beard • Director: Hiroki Ohsawa • Second Place – Comedy Short • 15 minutes

DRAMA FEATURE
Short Distance • Director: Nic Barker • First Place – Drama Feature • 60 minutes
The Family (Dementia) • Director: Giovanna Ribes • Second Place – Drama Feature • 112 minutes

DRAMA SHORT
The Interview • Director: Marc Gurung • First Place – Drama Short • 18 minutes
Scent of the Stars • Director: Francesco Felli • Second Place – Drama Short • 12 minutes

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Jeff’s World • Director: Brenda Piekarski • First Place – Documentary Feature • 60 minutes
Essence of Healing: The Journey of American Indian Nurses • Directors: Loretta Heuer and Candace Muggerud • Second Place – Documentary Feature • 57 minutes

DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Officially Limited • Director: John Otterbacher • First Place – Documentary Short • 37 minutes
Yi • Director: Jiacheng Xu • Second Place – Documentary Short • 36 minutes

MADE IN MINNESOTA
My Father • Director: Joseph Dutra • First Place – Made in Minnesota • 6 minutes
The Ragman – A Hobo’s Story Untold • Director: Cy Dodson • Second Place – Made in Minnesota • 15 minutes

STUDENT SHORTS
Hope Springs Eternal • Director: Rachel Miller • First Place – Student Short • 5 minutes
Metamorphosis •  Director: Lana Bregar • Second Place – Student Short • 2 minutes

 A note on Semifinalists: The Highway 61 Film Festival pre-screeners and judges have determined that these films were among the very best in the categories they entered, and deserved recognition as such. Unfortunately, we have a limited amount of screen time to actually show films during the festival, and because of those time constraints we will not be able to show these films in 2017. We truly wish it were otherwise. We hope that the designation as Semifinalist at the Highway 61 Film Festival helps these talented filmmakers find the recognition and success they deserve.

SEMIFINALISTS

ACTION/HORROR SHORT
Bride of Frankie • Director: Devi Snively • Action/Horror Shorts • 19 minutes
Doll • Director: Tony Yang • Student Shorts • 6 minutes
Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir • Director: David Maire • Action/Horror Shorts • 13 minutes
Rotary • Director: Lorenzo P. Adams • Action/Horror Shorts • 11 minutes
The Dark Hunger • Director: Anthony Williams • Action/Horror Shorts • 15 minutes
The Hag: Bloodline • Director: Chris Borgo • Action/Horror Shorts • 35 minutes
The Grove • Director: J. Shreck • Action/Horror Shorts • 18 minutes
The Weed Whacker Massacre • Director: Benjamin R Dover • Action/Horror Shorts • 12 minutes
Under The Apple Tree • Director: Erik van Schaaik • Action/Horror Shorts • 18 minutes

ANIMATION (SHORT OR FEATURE)
Can You Decide • Director: Lu Pulici • Animation • 5 minutes
Glorious Victory • Director: Will Kim • Animation • 2 minutes
Panic Attack! • Director: Eileen O’Meara • Animation • 3 minutes
The Lonely Giant • Director: Alek Raulerson • Animation • 2 minutes
Twice Upon a Time • Director: Vojin Vasovic • Animation • 14 minutes

COMEDY SHORT
Dead Air • Director: Emmet O’Brien • Comedy Short • 12 minutes
Dolce Vendetta • Director: Anthony Riggs • Comedy Short • 10 minutes
Down to the Last • Director: Margaret Broach • Comedy Short • 18 minutes
Holy F__k • Director: Chris Chalklen • Comedy Short • 9 minutes
In a Dream • Director: Edina Kishonthy • Comedy Short • 17 minutes
Mic & Me • Director: Jacob Shao • Comedy Short • 11 minutes
Noisy Library • Director: Rollyn Stafford • Comedy Short • 5 minutes
Stanley • Director: S.G. Warkel • Comedy Short • 9 minutes
Violet and June • Director: Linnea Ritland • Comedy Short • 6 minutes
We Hate Bob • Director: JC Farris • Comedy Short • 7 minutes

DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Portrait of Snow • Director: Roy Zheng • Documentary Short • 10 minutes
Searching for Lady Day: A Portrait in Steel • Director: Geoffrey Bates • Documentary Short • 28 minutes
The Fourth Kingdom • Directors: Alex Lora-Cercos and Adan Aliaga • Documentary Short • 14 minutes
The Last Doll Lady • Director: Taryn Hough • Documentary Short • 21 minutes

DRAMA FEATURE
Christopher Darling • Director: Martin Kaszubowski • Drama Feature • 75 minutes
Intersection • Director: Hoyt Richards • Drama Feature • 80 minutes

DRAMA SHORT
Blessing • Director: Rachael Norman • Drama Short • 25 minutes
Hope to Her Register • Director: Alfred Giancarli • Drama Short • 20 minutes
Impervia • Director: Patrick Devaney • Drama Short • 34 minutes
In Search of an Author • Director: Alain Legend Raymond • Drama Short • 14 minutes
Love Robot • Director: Drew V. Marke • Drama Short • 12 minutes
Shades of Scarlet • Director: Wendy Keeling • Drama Short • 14 minutes
Remembrance • Director: Tony Curatolo • Drama Short • 13 minutes
The Real Man • Director: Cathy Reinking • Drama Short • 20 minutes
Until Now • Director: Dana Altman • Drama Short • 8 minutes

MADE IN MINNESOTA
Between the Fire and the Stars • Director: Kyle Ensrude • Made in Minnesota • 16 minutes
Lake Runs Red • Director: Jason Riesgraf • Made in Minnesota • 66 minutes
Tit • Director: Phil Holbrook • Made in Minnesota • 77 minutes
Undo • Director: Keith Hopkins • Made in Minnesota • 10 minutes
When the Fat Girl Gets Skinny • Director: Abby Thompson • Made in Minnesota • 4 minutes
Son of Man • Director: Josh Cisewski • Made in Minnesota • 19 minutes

STUDENT SHORT
Ape • Director: Noah J Dunbar • Student Shorts • 10 minutes
Domestic Violence PSA • Directors: Gillian Copeland and Evie Masters • Student Shorts • 1 minute
I Am the Party (Or How to Be Nihilistic) • Director: Borja Ibrahim • Student Shorts
If I Ask • Director: Alexia Salingaros • Student Shorts • 6 minutes
Phantom Pain • Director: Borja Ibrahim • Student Shorts • 3 minutes
Scarlet’s Vow • Director: Liam Sanderson • Student Shorts • 7 minutes

Highway 61 Film Festival open for submissions

Pine City’s Highway 61 Film Festival is eagerly awaiting submissions from regional filmmakers now through July 1.
As the festival heads into its seventh year, organizers are excited to see what amazing films will come from the imaginations of local, state, national and international filmmakers.
Submissions may include short (less than 40 minutes) and feature films. Categories include: Drama, Comedy, Action/Horror, Documentary, Animation and “Made in Minnesota,” for films actually shot, in whole or part, in this great state. A special spot is reserved for Student Short films made by students age 18 or younger.
Submitted films are reviewed by judges, and cash prizes awarded to the top film in each category: $100 for features, $50 for short films, including a $50 prize for the top Student Short film.
Early submission fees (by June 15) are $5 for short films and $10 per feature film. Late submission fees (by July 1) are $10 for short films and $20 per feature film submission. All  Made in Minnesota films are $1 and Student Short films (age 18 and under) are free to submit.
Last year hundreds of films were submitted to the Highway  61 Film Festival through  FilmFreeway.com (an online independent film festival submission service), and the very best were featured at the October festival.
The festival will be held Oct. 5, 6, 7 and 8 in Pine City, with screenings at Pine Technical & Community College, Pine City’s Pizza Pub, the North West Company Fur Post, and Pine Center for the Arts.
Films can be submitted at filmfreeway.com/festival/Highway61FilmFestival. For more information, visit highway61filmfestival.org, the Highway 61 Film Festival page on Facebook, or follow on Twitter. Questions? Email highway61filmfestival@gmail.com.
The Highway 61 Film Festival is sponsored by the nonprofit Pine Center for the Arts: 320-629-4924.

Welcome! From the City of Pine City and Pine Technical & Community College

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Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts as the 2016 Highway 61 Film Festival gets underway.

This year we celebrate the sixth anniversary of the film festival and remind ourselves that it is because of the vibrant arts culture in Pine City that we continue to enjoy artistic treasures that are in grand abundance right here at home.

We are a discerning people and we have never had reason to complain about the variety, quality and sheer enjoyment of what has been offered to us over the years by our local arts organizations, the Heritage Players community theatre, Pine City Arts Council and Pine Center for the Arts.  Best of all, local talents—your neighbors, your friends, and fellow Pine Citians—produced some of what you are about to experience at this festival.  A truly worldly festival, the Highway 61 Film Festival sees entries from all over the planet.

If you are new to the Festival or this is your first time visiting Pine City, welcome! I invite you to check out some of the wonderful assets this community has to offer, including 30 places to eat (the third highest-concentration of any Minnesota city), a variety of places to shop, historic sites, arts amenities and more.

A special thanks to the Old Highway 61 Coalition tri-county (Chisago, Pine and Carlton) effort to restore interest in Old Highway 61, part of America’s North-South Byway. Renewed interest in the Highway is part of what it will take to revitalize the small towns along its route.

Enjoy a packed four-day program with these artists’ documentaries, shorts, special genres and features.   Congratulations to the Festival team and their volunteers for coming up with a varied and exciting program and look forward to enjoying what the Festival offers.

The business community and individual patrons have long been the lifeblood of the arts in Pine City and without their support, the full range and scale of the festival could not be achieved.  We are pleased that our local business community and individual patrons continue to strongly support the arts and the region’s first film festival. We thank them deeply and they are listed in this program.  They join us, we know, in thanking the Festival’s most important ingredient of all:  You, the viewer and reader of this program.

Enjoy…

Carl Pederson

Mayor

City of Pine City

 

 

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Welcome to Pine Technical and Community College

Taking Hold of the Future!

Pine Technical and Community College (PTCC) has a long history of providing quality education, and establishing great partnerships that have contributed in making us who we are today.  We have taken hold of the future by completing an extensive planning process that provides the map for us to best serve East Central Minnesota.  This map identifies how we can best help the residents of this region take hold of their future.  Many of these programming opportunities are already in place, with more coming soon.  We are offering a wider variety of programs, with more on-line offerings than ever before.

PTCC expanded its mission to become a comprehensive technical and community college by offering new options for students and new ways to meet the needs of the region. This mission change specifically recognizes an increased focus in the arts for our community and students.   As the President, I am excited to welcome you again to the college and look forward to continuing our partnership that help provide this rich cultural experience to our great region.

I would like to thank you all for coming to Pine Technical and Community College and strongly encourage you to take hold of your future by rediscovering how we can help your journey.

All the Best,

Joe Mulford

President

Pine Technical & Community College

 

Award winners, official selections, finalists and semi-finalists!

With all the wonderful films submitted this year to the Highway 61 Film Festival, narrowing down the choices into the award winners and official selections was a very challenging job for our all-volunteer crew of prescreeners, judges and festival programmers.

It also didn’t seem right to celebrate only the films that would be featured during the limited time we have to schedule films at our 2016 festival, because there would be many, many more films we would include if we did have time available.  Excellent creative work deserves to be recognized.

With that in mind, we are honoring not only the award winners and official selections, but finalists and semi-finalists in each category – films which made a strong impression on our judges, but which we were unable to screen at the festival.

To see the festival schedule for 2016, click here.

Thank you for your contributions, and congratulations to all!

 

ACTION/HORROR FEATURE

1st Place • Scratch • Director: Maninder Chana  – Canada

2nd Place • DAYLIGHT’S END  • Director: Wiliam Kaufman – United States

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Peelers  • Submitted by Sevé Schelenz  • Finalist

Gray  • Submitted by Michael Santana  • Semi-Finalist

The Dark Tapes  • Submitted by Michael McQuown  • Semi-Finalist

ACTION/HORROR SHORT

1st Place • Portent  • Director: Justin Carter  – United Kingdom

2nd Place • HADA  • Director: Tony Morales – Spain

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Ghostwriter  • Director: Mykee Steen  • Official Selection

Mayday  • Director: Sébastien Vanicek  • Official Selection

The Art of Human Salvage  • Director: Dempsey Tillman  • Official Selection

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Snatched Away  • Submitted by Rafael Sierra  • Finalist

Balloon  • Submitted by Vis Vitalis  • Semi-Finalist

Banana Bike Bloodbath  • Submitted by Luke Meneok  • Semi-Finalist

Candy Skin  • Submitted by Kyle Martellacci  • Semi-Finalist

Frame of Mine  • Submitted by Matthew Simonis  • Semi-Finalist

Kill Them All, Big and Small • Submitted by John Gigrich  • Semi-Finalist

Recalibrate  • Submitted by John Gigrich  • Semi-Finalist

TEAM  • Submitted by Pete Tomkies  • Semi-Finalist

 

ANIMATION – SHORT OR FEATURE

1st Place • PERCIPIENT  • Director: Keith Mullin – United States

2nd Place • THE OLD MAN AND THE PEARS   • Director: Jing Sun – United States

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Brotherhood  • Director: Christian Washington  • Official Selection

Departure  • Director: Shiyuan Guo  • Official Selection

Fault Lines • Director: Mandy Wong  • Official Selection

Monster  • Director: Montana Hall  • Official Selection

Quackerz  • Director: Viktor Lakisov  • Official Selection

Spotlight  • Director: Otalia Causse  • Official Selection

The Hindu Thread  • Director: Jennifer Higgins  • Official Selection

The Odd Funeral  • Director: Felix Swahn  • Official Selection

Totem  • Director: Ariel Jew  • Official Selection

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Bubble Bubble Meows and the Things That Happen in Movies Like This  • Submitted by Matt Orefice  • Finalist

Agrinoui  • Submitted by Alexis Chaviaras  • Semi-Finalist

another day in paradise  • Submitted by bellopropello  • Semi-Finalist

employee of the day  • Submitted by Christoph J Kellner  • Semi-Finalist

Infestation  • Submitted by Cable Hardin  • Semi-Finalist

Last Judgment  • Submitted by Junyi Xiao  • Semi-Finalist

Xsense Alice  • Submitted by Janetta Abbenbroek  • Semi-Finalist

COMEDY FEATURE

1st Place • BUSES  • Directors: Josh Clarke and Jack Kelly – United Kingdom

2nd Place • DIRTY BEAUTIFUL  • Director: Tim Bartell – United States

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DUMBBELLS  • Submitted by Hoyt Richards  • Finalist

Did You Hear Jake And Courtney Broke Up?  • Submitted by Michael Leroux  • Semi-Finalist

Where Are You, Bobby Browning?  • Submitted by Marc Hutchins  • Semi-Finalist

COMEDY SHORT

1st Place • L.I.P.S.  • Director: Mike Cheslik – United States

2nd Place • BUBBLE BATH  • Director: Kevin Saxby  – Canada

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A Town Called Theocracy  • Director: Jehad Al-Khateeb  • Official Selection

Call For A Good Time  • Director: Linnea Ritland  • Official Selection

Dirty Work  • Director: Dániel Füzes  • Official Selection

Once Upon a Dream  • Director: Anthony Nion  • Official Selection

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De Ontmoeting (The Encouter)  • Submitted by milou dieteren  • Semi-Finalist

Endo  • Submitted by Tom Radovich  • Semi-Finalist

Finding Wheel Love  • Submitted by Sonic Barometer  • Semi-Finalist

Kidnapping  • Submitted by Jay Pulk  • Semi-Finalist

Sex Life  • Submitted by Cole Meyer  • Semi-Finalist

The Bigfoot Hunters  • Submitted by matt hausmann  • Semi-Finalist

The Couch  • Submitted by Doug Phillips  • Semi-Finalist

The Revenge  • Submitted by Yulia Travnikova  • Semi-Finalist

Think Twice  • Submitted by Eliaz Rodriguez  • Semi-Finalist

Venice  • Submitted by Venetia Taylor  • Semi-Finalist

Virgin Susie And The Holy Sisters From Petah-Tikva  • Submitted by Asaf Yecheskel  • Semi-Finalist

When Damon Met Angie…  • Submitted by Hugo Matz  • Semi-Finalist

Whyne: Because the “Why” Generation is Whining  • Submitted by Nathan Oelker  • Semi-Finalist

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

1st Place • GYPSY: ROCK & ROLL NOMADS  • Director: Sean Skinner – United States

2nd Place • ONE LONG JOURNEY  • Director: Andy Lawrence – United Kingdom

DOCUMENTARY SHORT

1st Place • A LIFE WELL PLAYED  • Director: Rene Erickson – United States

2nd Place • OVER THE BRIDGE  • Director: Maria Lavelle – United States

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The Band for Dummies  • Submitted by Vittorio Antonacci  • Finalist

Harlan County: A Road to Change  • Submitted by Kim Childers  • Semi-Finalist

Song in a Day  • Submitted by Kris Jones  • Semi-Finalist

TRANSition  • Submitted by Robert Cunningham  • Semi-Finalist

TICK TOCK CLOCK   • Submitted by GAIL REABEN  • Semi-Finalist

The First Time  • Submitted by Ashley Boyle  • Semi-Finalist

DRAMA FEATURE

1st Place • CAPSULE  • Director: Andrew Martin • Producer: Paul D. Forrest • Company: Ecaveo Capital Partners  – United Kingdom

2nd Place • SCARECROW  • Director: Mark A. France – United States

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ESCAPES  • Submitted by mercedes gaspar  • Finalist

Redux  • Submitted by Bret Jones  • Semi-Finalist

DRAMA SHORT

1st Place • THE EXAMPLE  • Director: Wyatt Cagle  – United States

2nd Place • BLIND LIGHT  • Director: An Pham – United States

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Dead Sharks  • Director: Nic Barker  • Official Selection

Dorothy and the Odds  • Director: Rudy Capirio  • Official Selection

Letter to My Son  • Director: Maurice Hicks  • Official Selection

Speed Dating  • Director: Heather Nicole  • Official Selection

Split Costs  • Director: Jeffrey Blake Palmer  • Official Selection

The Jason Phillips Show  • Director: Kye Loren  • Official Selection

With the Wind  • Director: Farhad Pakdel  • Official Selection

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Funkenflug – Chronicles of a Catastrophe  • Submitted by Stephanie Kiewel  • Finalist

The Forgotten Few  • Submitted by Ryan Enever  • Finalist

Aitxitxe  • Submitted by Markel Goikoetxea  • Semi-Finalist

Burgatory  • Submitted by Stephen Hutchins  • Semi-Finalist

Captivity  • Submitted by Yulia Travnikova  • Semi-Finalist

Headlong  • Submitted by Peter Simon  • Semi-Finalist

The Selection  • Submitted by Patrick Hogue  • Semi-Finalist

Two Ladies  • Submitted by Steffi Tupe  • Semi-Finalist

MADE IN MINNESOTA

1st Place • OPTICS FOR LOVE  • Directors: Martin Blanco, Clayton Stansberry – United States

2nd Place • VOICES FROM KAW THOO LEI  • Director: Antonio Aguilar – United States

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Boots  • Director: Keith Hopkins  • Official Selection

Free Associates  • Director: John Akre  • Official Selection

Golden Light  • Directors: Justin Berrisford, Cole Meyer  • Official Selection

Help Desk  • Directors: Sean Skinner, Edward Linder  • Official Selection

I Want You Inside Me  • Director: Alice Shindelar  • Official Selection

Indian Summer  • Directors: Diana Fraser, Sam Dunnewold  • Official Selection

Peep Story  • Directors: Jay and Amy Albrecht  • Official Selection

Reclaiming Sacred Tobacco  • Director: Leya Hale  • Official Selection

Roshambo  • Director: Sean A. Skinner  • Official Selection

Tell Me What You See  • Director: Callie Jones  • Official Selection

Voices From Kaw Thoo Lei  • Director: Martha Gorzycki  • Official Selection

Z.E.T.A. Force  • Director: Ray Flint III  • Official Selection

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VORE KING  • Submitted by Dan Schneidkraut  • Finalist

Endless  • Submitted by Angely Guevara  • Semi-Finalist

I Voted  • Submitted by Chris Parr  • Semi-Finalist

Last Supper  • Submitted by Ryan Gilmer  • Semi-Finalis

Mister Massive and the Super Squad  • Submitted by David Mair  • Semi-Finalist

Pink  • Submitted by Jack Turzillo  • Semi-Finalist

The Crystallomancer  • Submitted by Forrest Anderson Mares  • Semi-Finalist

The Man Crush  • Submitted by Richard Louprasong  • Semi-Finalist

STUDENT SHORT

1st Place • JOURNEY  • Director: Radheya Jegatheva – Australia

2nd Place • DEAR  • Director: Laura Malatos – United States

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A Sadness by Any Other Name  • Directors: Reem Al-Shihabi, Deema Al Therman, Layal Mooti  • Official Selection

Don’t Look Under Your Bed  • Director: Radheya Jegatheva  • Official Selection

Finis  • Director: Lana Bregar  • Official Selection

Hardboiled Egg  • Director: Shira Moolten  • Official Selection

Inside of Us  • Director: Miranda Pla  • Official Selection

Last Train  • Director: Matthew Knarr  • Official Selection

Midnight Snack  • Director: Cole Johnson  • Official Selection

Rocks  • Directors: Neema Sadeghi, Keyan Kazemian  • Official Selection

Summer Citrus  • Director: Nico Fulton Lavachek  • Official Selection

The Door to the Sun  • Director: Julie Annlie  • Official Selection

The Tyger  • Director: Radheya Jegathev  • Official Selection

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Georgian Dance  • Submitted by Salome Tkebuchava  • Finalist

4242  • Submitted by Sara Eustaquio  • Semi-Finalist

Black and White and Grey  • Submitted by Marieke de Koker  • Semi-Finalist

Ellie  • Submitted by Morgana McKenzie  • Semi-Finalist

Empty Boxes  • Submitted by Laura Malatos  • Semi-Finalist

Enter the Depth  • Submitted by Ciara Boniface  • Semi-Finalist

Escape  • Submitted by Mehrdad Parvani  • Semi-Finalist

Facade  • Submitted by Carol Nguyen  • Semi-Finalist

It’s All in the Cosmos  • Submitted by Ciara Boniface  • Semi-Finalist

Meant For More  • Submitted by Harrison Allen  • Semi-Finalist

Merry Krampus  • Submitted by Cole Johnson  • Semi-Finalist

Naga Pixie  • Submitted by Anthony Hobbs  • Semi-Finalist

Run  • Submitted by Neema Sadeghi  • Semi-Finalist

Rye Bread  • Submitted by Charlotte Cooper  • Semi-Finalist

Sleep  • Submitted by Mary Aupperle  • Semi-Finalist

…The Name of Action  • Submitted by Salome Tkebuchava  • Semi-Finalist

The Yellow Block  • Submitted by Harrison Allen  • Semi-Finalist

Written in Ink  • Submitted by Thomas George  • Semi-Finalist

HIGHWAY 61 FILM FESTIVAL • 2016 SCHEDULE OF FILMS

We are proud to present the schedule of films for the 2016 Highway 61 Film Festival! Thank you to all who submitted! More info to come.

Thursday, October 6 at 7 p.m. • Pine Center for the Arts
DREAMS AND VISIONS
Inside of Us
Director: Miranda Pla • Student Short • Los Angeles • 2 min
A girl is chased through worlds by the creature that festers inside of us all.
The Tyger
Director: Radheya Jegathev • Student Short • Australia • 3 min
An animated depiction of the poem, “The Tyger” by William Blake.
Don’t Look Under Your Bed
Director: Radheya Jegatheva • Student Short • Australia • 4 min
Moving from one apartment to another has consequences when things go bump in the night.
Ghostwriter
Director: Mykee Steen • Action/Horror Short • Portland • 9 min
When would-be writer Jonas accidentally invokes the spirit of his great-grandmother, he opens a door to another realm.
Departure
Director: Shiyuan Guo • Animation • Canada •  2 min
Every day, a girl leaves for a a different place, though she is only living in her mind.
Dorothy and the Odds
Director: Rudy Capirio • Drama Short • United Kingdom • 6 min
When two worlds collide in a cloister, it might take something drastic to set things right.
A Town Called Theocracy
Director: Jehad Al-Khateeb • Comedy Short • New Mexico • 15 min
After new laws force a theater owner to show imaginary films, a mysterious visitor offers him an intriguing solution.
A Sadness by Any Other Name
Directors: Reem Al-Shihabi, Deema Al Therman, Layal Mooti • Student Short • United Arab Emirates • 2 min
A young woman reflects on the things that make her who she is, the contradictions that make her whole.
Last Train 
Director: Matthew Knarr • Student Short • Canada • 4 min
A documentary exploring the quiet, empty world of the last subway train of the night, and the stories of the people riding it.
Hardboiled Egg 
Director: Shira Moolten • Student Short • Philadelphia • 2 min
An exploration through language and images of human frailty and the wonder of existence.
The Door to the Sun
Director: Julie Annlie • Student Short • Denmark • 10 min
A boy begins dreaming of a girl, dreams that become more and more his reality.
Rocks
Directors: Neema Sadeghi, Keyan Kazemian • Student Short • USA • 5 min
A teenage boy comes to a difficult place in his life, and realizes he needs to face the truth regarding his lack of emotion.
Speed Dating
Director: Heather Nicole • Drama Short • Austria • 2 min
When it comes to love, timing is everything.
Finis
Director: Lana Bregar • Student Short • Slovenia • 2 min
The truth about the end of things lies in all the objects we  see and experience every day.
Once Upon a Dream
Director: Anthony Nion • Comedy Short • Belgium • 13 min
When Valentin meets Ludivine, he is convinced she’s the girl he has been dreaming of for weeks – but Ludivine is not so sure.
With the Wind
Director: Farhad Pakdel • Drama Short • Canada • 13 min
A Qashqai family lives in a village in Fars province of Iran. Mitra is expecting her nomad fiancé to come back from the winter pasture. Knowing about her sister’s imminent departure, Mitra’s blind brother Ardeshir is restless and sleepless.
Fault Lines 
Director: Mandy Wong • Animation • Philadelphia • 3 min
A city landscape is deconstructed and reconstructed through the artist’s visual imagination.
The Odd Funeral
Director: Felix Swahn • Animation • Sweden • 13 min
After the family matriarch dies, she asks to have her ashes spread in the place of her youth. Her wish is the beginning of an unusual family road trip.
Over the Bridge
Director: Maria Lavelle • Documentary Short • Sioux Falls • 18 min
An exploration of homelessness in South Dakota.
Dear
Director: Laura Malatos • Student Short • Portland • 2 min
During WWII, an evacuee child tries to remain in contact with his mother through their only means of connection: words.
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Friday, October 7 at 5:30 p.m. at Pine Technical and Community College
JOURNEYS FAR AND NEAR
Journey
Director: Radheya Jegatheva • Student Short – 1st Place 2016 • Australia • 8 min
An astronaut drifting through space tries to find his way back home.
The Almelund Show: An American Story
Directors: Morry Engler and Dell Gross • Not for competition • Pine City/Rush City • 36 min
The rich agricultural heritage of East Central Minnesota is reborn each year at the Almelund Threshing Show, and that history comes to life in a whole new way in this warm and nostalgic documentary film. Learn about the hardships and joys of pioneer life and experience the passion of those who keep its traditions alive.
Portent
Director: Justin Carter • Action/Horror Short – 1st Place 2016 • United Kingdom • 10 minutes
A young couple enjoy a romantic camping trip in Devon, but their getaway becomes a nightmare when Ellie starts to experience visions of death.
Capsule 
Director: Andrew Martin • Drama Feature – 1st Place 2016 • United Kingdom • 1 hour 31 min
The year is 1959. Guy is an experienced British fighter pilot in Britain’s first manned mission to space. Now he is alone in space with a malfunctioning capsule. He has limited contact with the UK, and some unusual communication with the US and Soviet Russia. Can he get home? Who will help him? Will he make the right choice?
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Friday, October 7 at 9 p.m. at Pizza Pub
BLOOD, BUSES AND BUBBLE BATHS
Midnight Snack
Director: Cole Johnson • Student Short • USA • 2 min
Little Billy wakes up in the middle of the night hungry. As he walks toward his fridge, someone is following him…
Summer Citrus
Director: Nico Fulton Lavachek • Student Short • USA • 10 min
John and Oliver start a lemonade stand to raise money for an inflatable pool, but their competition’s lemonade is just too delicious.
Bubble Bath 
Director: Kevin Saxby • Comedy Short • Canada • 5 min
Jerry’s bath time is interrupted when a mysterious stranger calls his home. It gets worse before it gets wetter.
Hada 
Director: Tony Morales • Action/Horror Short • Spain • 9 min
Tonight Hada comes to visit Daniel because her last child tooth has fallen out. What Daniel doesn’t expect is that his worst enemy is the light.
Monster 
Director: Montana Hall • Animation • Los Angeles • 5 min
A girl walks home at night and has to come face-to-face with the monsters lurking in the darkness.
The Art of Human Salvage 
Director: Dempsey Tillman • Action/Horror Short • Los Angeles • 10 min
A young boy must by saved from execution by his last hope. Starring James Walters and Edward James Olmos.
Blind Light
Director: An Pham • Drama Short • Houston • 23 min
After a broken marriage, Kim threw her life into the shadow. When her mother’s health fails, dreams and passion are awakened again.
Buses 
Directors: Josh Clarke and Jack Kelly • Comedy Feature – First Place 2016 • United Kingdom • 61 min
Love is like a bus… you wait all your life for one to turn up, then three turn up at once. A young man must decide which girl to pursue when three potential loves-of-his-life walk into his world on the same night.
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Saturday, October 8 at 10 a.m. at the North West Company Fur Post
FAMILY FUN AT THE FUR POST
Brotherhood 
Director: Christian Washington • Animation • Muncie, Indiana • 5 min
Sometimes the people in our lives we find hardest to love end up being the most important people we should cherish.
Totem 
Director: Ariel Jew • Animation • San Francisco • 3 min
When his grandfather passes, a young Haida boy decides to finish the totem pole that they had started, using the memories that they had together.
Percipient 
Director: Keith Mullin • Animation – First Place 2016 • Brooklyn Center • 5 min
An artist’s creation comes to life and explores its new surroundings.
Spotlight 
Director: Otalia Causse • Animation • France • 3 min
With two musicians performing on stage, the lighting guy goes berserk.
Peep Story 
Directors: Jay and Amy Albrecht • Made in Minnesota • 2 min
Blue Peep and Pink Peep make their way through the big world while trying to find a marshmallow mate online. A chance encounter while waiting for the train blossoms into a sweet love story.
The Old Man and the Pears 
Director: Jing Sun • Animation • California • 5 min
A hungry old man begs for a pear, but the peddler refuses him. A little boy spends his last coin to buy a pear for the old man. Finally, a magical form of justice emerges.
Quackerz 
Director: Viktor Lakisov • Animation • Russia • 1 hour 22 minutes
While the grownup ducks argue, the young ducks must join together to defeat the villains who seek to destroy the sun.
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Saturday, October 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Pine Technical and Community College
MINNESOTA ROCKS THE WORLD
Percipient 
Director: Keith Mullin • Animation – First Place 2016 • Brooklyn Center • 5 min
An artist’s creation comes to life and explores its new surroundings.
The Search 
Director: Jesse Rubbelke • Not for competition • Pine City • 4 min
Unpaid debts come back to haunt a man and his visitor.
Optics for Love
Director: Martin Blanco, Clayton Stansberry • Made in Minnesota – First Place 2016 • 6 min
An industrial worker in St. Paul, Minnesota, seeks purpose while escaping his past.
Indian Summer 
Directors: Diana Fraser, Sam Dunnewold • Made in Minnesota • St. Paul •  9 min
A 20-something leaves her girlfriend at home to catch up with an old college friend, and during their night on the town sparks fly.
Tell Me What You See 
Director: Callie Jones • Made in Minnesota • Minneapolis • 4 min
A short, poetic documentary about what four young women believe makes them beautiful.
Free Associates 
Director: John Akre • Made in Minnesota • 3 min
An animated treatise on the must fundamental of rights, the right freely to associate.
Roshambo 
Director: Sean A. Skinner • Made in Minnesota • Brooklyn Park • 7 min
The story behind the game, “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” is finally set straight.
Golden Light 
Directors: Justin Berrisford, Cole Meyer • Made in Minnesota • White Bear Lake • 7 min
After a young boy finds a magical ring in his backyard, he becomes his favorite superhero: Golden Light. But when the evil General Zorg comes to retrieve the ring, Bobby must use his newfound powers to protect his family.
Gypsy: Rock & Roll Nomads
Director: Aaron Goodyear • Documentary Feature – First Place 2016 • Minneapolis • 1 hour 31 min
The progressive rock band Gypsy roared out of the Twin Cities, landed in Los Angeles in 1969, scored a hit on the record charts and built a fervent nationwide following.  Six years later they called it quits. This is their absolutely true rock ‘n roll story.
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Saturday, October 8 at 9 p.m. at Pizza Pub
JOKES IN SPACE … HORROR AT HOME
Dirty Work 
Director: Dániel Füzes • Comedy Short • Hungary • 10 min
Bar owner Józsi is in an unpleasant situation. Somebody caused a problem and now he needs a cleanup. Unfortunately, his silent partner Badger sends a hitman to do the “dirty work,” while Józsi is expecting a plumber.
Call For A Good Time 
Director: Linnea Ritland • Comedy Short • Canada • 4 min
Either an absurdist, nonsensical comedy or a musing on confronting one’s own fears of love and rejection—or both.
Boots 
Director: Keith Hopkins • Made in Minnesota • Duluth • 12 min
While working to restore an old derelict home, a handyman encounters the unexplainable.
I Want You Inside Me 
Director: Alice Shindelar • Made in Minnesota • 13 min
An introverted teenage girl searches for her boyfriend when he mysteriously disappears after they share an intimate moment.
Help Desk 
Directors: Sean Skinner, Edward Linder  • Brooklyn Park • Made in Minnesota • 8 min
You’d think it would be a simple task. Some people just can’t do it. That’s where the Help Desk comes in.
Looking Down 
Director: Ryan Becken • Not for competition • 8 min
Dan has lost his job and his girlfriend. Will he lose his life now too?
Best Laid Plans 
Directors: Amber Rhodes and Ryan Shaddelee • Not for competition • 8 min
30-year-old Jenny likes playing with her dolls and hanging out with her parents. But what will happen when her dolls come to life?
Z.E.T.A. Force 
Director: Ray Flint III • Made in Minnesota • White Bear Lake • 9 min
“After Effect” and his evil minions must be stopped by the “Z.E.T.A. Force” before hidden technological weapons sway the battle between good and evil forever.
L.I.P.S.
Director: Mike Cheslik • Comedy Short – First Place 2016 • Milwaukee • 22 min
The League of Interplanetary Process Servers’ finest agent attempts to deliver 30 subpoenas throughout the universe in 10 minutes.
The Jason Phillips Show
Director: Kye Loren • Drama Short • United Kingdom • 29 min
The host of a scandal-mongering television program has a personal life that rivals those of the guests on his show.
Dead Sharks 
Director: Nic Barker • Drama Short • Australia • 16 min
A relationship is like a shark. It has to move forward or it dies.
Mayday 
Director: Sébastien Vanicek • Action/Horror Short • France • 13 min
Michel, subject to violent hallucinations, must overcome the imminence of death during his extradition flight towards United States.
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Sunday, October 9 at 5:30 p.m. at Pine Technical and Community College
ADVENTURES OF THE HEART
Letter to My Son 
Director: Maurice Hicks • Drama Short • North Carolina • 10 min
A tired and worn would-be father pens a hypothetical detailing his perspectives and fears to his unborn son.
The Example 
Director: Wyatt Cagle • Drama Short – First Place 2016 • Texas • 30 min
During a race riot in Beaumont, Texas in June 1943, worlds collide at a roadblock. Tensions explode on that hot summer night, forcing all involved to make decisions that will question their morals and loyalty.
Voices From Kaw Thoo Lei
Director: Martha Gorzycki • Made in Minnesota • 11 min
The Karen People of Burma, many of whom now live in Minnesota, believe no one hears their pleas for help as their country remains ravaged by a war that has lasted more than six decades.
The Hindu Thread 
Director: Jennifer Higgins • Animation • Milwaukee • 3 min
One of the things that makes us human is our ability to tell stories. Eugene Burger narrates the Hindu creation myth. Brahma creates, Vishnu sustains, and Shiva destroys, but that is not the end.
Reclaiming Sacred Tobacco 
Director: Leya Hale • Made in Minnesota • St. Paul • 27 min
Minnesotan American Indian communities are reclaiming traditional practices around Sacred Tobacco while educating their people on the growth of commercial tobacco’s frequent use in sacred traditions in order to untangle the two and promote a healthy lifestyle for future generations.
Split Costs 
Director: Jeffrey Blake Palmer • Drama Short • Boston •24 min
Two young women from disparate backgrounds share a ride to western Massachusetts. A story of unexpected friends navigating life’s bumpy roads and moving forward with hope.
A Life Well Played 
Director: Rene Erickson • Documentary Short – First Place 2016 • Inver Grove Heights • 30 min
What would it be like to do exactly what you wanted with your life?  Explore the life, music and motivation of eclectic guitarist and prolific composer Reynold Philipsek in this documentary portrait.

Children’s films at the North West Company Fur Post on Oct. 8

We’re excited to add something brand new this year – a completely new venue for screening independent films, in a place dedicated to the past. The North West Company Fur Post will be hosting a show of short and feature films for children at it’s Visitor Center just outside Pine City. Stop by at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 to check out this set of family-friendly films and enjoy the ambience of the beautiful North West Company Fur Post!

North West Company Fur Post

12551 Voyageur Lane  PO Box 51

Pine City,  MN 55063

http://sites.mnhs.org/historic-sites/north-west-company-fur-post

Kids and parents will also have the chance to learn a little about a remarkable exhibition coming to the area soon. The Audubon Center of the North Woods in Sandstone will be featuring the Smithsonian Water/Ways  exhibition on November 19th, 2016 to January 1st, 2017. For more information, visit the link below:

http://audubon-center.org/event/smithsonian-waterways-exhibit/

Last chance to submit in 2016!

We’ve received a number of amazing films from local, national and international filmmakers – but we don’t want anyone to feel left out! Submit your film today at https://filmfreeway.com/festival/Highway61FilmFestival

Submissions for 2016 will close on Friday, July 1.

 

 

Highway 61 Film Festival open for submissions!

Now six years strong, the 2016 Highway 61 Film Festival is looking for submissions from local, national and international filmmakers starting April 1.

Submissions may include short (less than 40 minutes) and feature films. Categories include: Drama, Comedy, Action/Horror, Documentary, Animation and a new category this year, Made in Minnesota, for films actually shot, in whole or part, in this great state. A special spot is reserved for Student Short films by students in grades K-12.

Submitted films are reviewed by judges, and cash prizes awarded to the top film in each category: $100 for features, $50 for short films, including a $50 prize for the top Student Short film.

Early submission fees (by June 15) are $5 for short films and $10 per feature film. Late submission fees (by July 1) are $10 for short films and $20 per feature film submission. All  Made in Minnesota films are $1 and Student Short films (age 18 and under) are free to submit.

Last year over 1,000 films were submitted to the Highway  61 Film Festival through  FilmFreeway.com (an online independent film festival submission service), and the very best were featured at the October festival.

The festival will be held Oct. 6, 7, 8 and 9 at Pine Technical & Community College, Pizza Pub and the North West Company Fur Post in Pine City.

Films can be submitted at filmfreeway.com/festival/Highway61FilmFestival. For more information, visit highway61filmfestival.org, the Highway 61 Film Festival page on Facebook, or follow on Twitter. Questions? Email highway61filmfestival@gmail.com.

The Highway 61 Film Festival is sponsored by the nonprofit Pine Center for the Arts: 320-629-4924.