Official selections and 2013 screening schedule

The Highway 61 Film Festival is proud to announce our list of official selections and 2013 film schedule.

Films are being reviewed by judges, and winners will be announced shortly before the first night of the festival on Oct. 4. The schedule below may be subject to change.

Congratulations to all the filmmakers!

FRIDAY 6:00 P.M.

Pine Technical College Auditorium

Language, mild violence


Tales of the Road: Highway 61  58 min

Director: Cathy Wurzer


Les Esclaves  16 min

Director: Jesse Mast


Useful. Valid. True 11 min

Director: David Golden


Sled Dogs to St. Paul 43 min

Directors: Kelly Schoenfelder and Patrick Knight


Total 130 minutes (2h10m)



Danny C’s BeachRocks Pub & Supper Club

Language, violence, sexual content


Honor Among Thieves  12 min

Directors: Jack Beiderman and Gabriel Strauss


Maze  2 min

Director: Marianna Mankowska


Our Killing Time 13 min

Directors: Kirk Eckstine and Nate Johnson


Two Stiffs  13 min

Director: David Hoh


Rocket Surgeons 13 min

Director: Wes Fischer


Deadly Love 18 min

Director: Doug Phillips


The Healing Musical 8 min

Director: John Gigrich


79 minutes (1h20m)




Pine Technical College Auditorium


Iter Ad Terram Promissionis  8 min

Directors: Nathanile Kavaler and Robert Newman


Coffea – The Coffee Fairy 1 min

Director: Susan Shay Brugger


Syren  9 min

Director: Will Nelson


The American Road  110 min


Total 128 minutes (2h8m)



Pine Technical College Auditorium

Language, violence


The Information Thief  10 min

Director: John Gigrich


Aakhir (At Last) 16 min

Director: Tarun Jain


Not Like the Commercials 9 min

Director: Wyatt Cagle


The Panhandler 30 min

Director: Kevin Horn


McMeta 6 min

Director: Zach Hammill


Small Steps 18 min

Director: John Gigrich


Lima Syndrome 11 min

Director: Ryan Becken


The Elevator 11 min

Director: Rachid Jnane


For Ashley 8 min

Director: Zach Hammill


Total 126 minutes (1h59m)



Danny C’s BeachRocks Pub & Supper Club

Language, violence, sexual content


Another Saturday Night 5 min

Director:Zach Jansen


Problem Solving the Republic 94 min

Director: Elliot Diviney


Sunrise’s Favorite Son 124 min

Director: Toney Ehrnriter, Dennis Walters and Lee Wilcox


223 minutes (3h43m)


SUNDAY 12:00 P.M.


Pine Technical College Auditorium

Includes international selections, some subtitles


Escape from Schwartz’s Bakery 1 min

Director: Susan Shay Brugger


“Al Milgrom Selects”… approx. 90 min


Total 121 minutes (1h31m)


SUNDAY 6:00 P.M.

Pine Technical College Auditorium

Mild violence, horror themes


Keeper 15 min

Director: Mike Gainor


Misiek and the Bloody Monitor 2 min

Director: Marianna Mankowska


Hairdo or DIE: The First Cut 33 min

Director: Jerome Erickson


The Giant Spider 71 min

Director: Christopher R. Mihm


Total 121 minutes (2h1m)

Cathy Wurzer coming to Pine City to kick off 2013 Highway 61 Film Festival

Award-winning Minnesota journalist Cathy Wurzer is heading to Pine City on Oct. 4 to show her film “Tales of the Road: Highway 61” at the Pine Technical College Auditorium for the opening of the third annual Highway 61 Film Festival.

Wurzer’s documentary takes viewers rolling down Highway 61 in a 1946 Cadillac for an entertaining ride through Minnesota’s past and present. She followed up that film with a companion book of the same name.

Wurzer is the host of Morning Edition for Minnesota Public Radio News. She is also the co-host of Almanac, a weekly public affairs program produced by Twin Cities Public Television for Minnesota’s statewide public television network.

On Facebook, Wurzer said it’s both “cool” and “scary” to see her film on the big screen, and that she’s looking forward to coming to Pine City.

“Honored to be asked to be present,” Wurzer said. “Hope folks can come to Pine Technical College.”

What exactly is a film festival?

The third annual Highway 61 Film Festival, coming to Pine City on Oct. 4, 5 and 6, is sure to be a fun bunch of shows for those who attend, but others are wondering if it’s worth their time – what exactly is a film festival, after all?

Basically, a lot of filmmakers are out there making movies just for the love of it – though some are making a living in the business, and others have high hopes to join them.

A film festival is a chance for these folks, working outside the Hollywood system and using small budgets, to show their movies in front of an audience.

For the film festival audience, it’s about discovery. All of the films have been selected by judges to make sure the best ones get on the screen. And the ones that do make it have something special about them – great acting, an amazing story, big laughs or powerful drama. Sometimes it’s all of the above.

And who comes to a film festival?

Everyone who loves going to a theater, getting a drink and a bag of fresh, hot popcorn and watching great movies.

Shows will be held at the Pine Technical College Auditorium and at Danny C’s BeachRocks. Tickets for each show are $5, or purchase an all-access weekend pass for only $20.

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