Presented by Bemidji State University
July 19-20, 2013
This first-ever event celebrates the diverse people, cultures and creativity of Minnesota through the medium of film. Critically acclaimed filmmakers and writers
will present and discuss their work, and the general public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Purchase tickets online or at the Summer Program Office Wednesday-Friday, Noon to 4PM located on the 1st floor of Deputy, Room 105
You can also purchase tickets at the Bangsberg box office during the show dates starting at 4PM.
Will Weaver is a Bemidji-based author of several award-winning works for young
adults. His adult short story, "A Gravestone Made of Wheat," was adapted as the
critically acclaimed independent feature film Sweet Land, directed by Ali Selim and
starring Ned Beatty.
The 1491s are a sketch comedy group based in what they call "the wooded ghettos
of Minnesota and buffalo grass of Oklahoma." With plenty of cynicism and a good dose
of indigenous satire, their social media films have attracted a growing band of followers.
Todd Boss is a critically acclaimed poet and co-founding co-director of Motionpoems,
the world's leading producer of poetry films. He is now collaborating with Milkweed,
Graywolf, Copper Canyon and Scribner's Best American Poetry, among other
outstanding literary publishers and institutions.
Elizabeth Day is an emerging Ojibwe director who was born on the Leech Lake Reservation and grew up in Minneapolis, where she studied film production at Minneapolis College.
Day says, "Natives are storytellers; it's in the blood. Growing up, I was surrounded by great storytellers."
Bemidji-area filmmakers Gary Burger, Scott Knudson, Mike Bredon, Stephanie Mosher and
others will be featured during the Black Box Matinee on July 20.
Directed By: Ali Selim
Written By: Will Weaver
In 1920, Inge, a German national, travels from Norway to rural Minnesota for her arranged marriage to Olaf, a Norwegian farmer. Bureaucracy and prejudice cause major complications.
Dallas Goldtooth teaches Tito Ybarra how to sing the AIM song, filmed Ryan Red Corn. A 1491s film.