The 6th Annual Driftless Film Festival takes place this weekend at the Mineral Point Opera House.
We are very fortunate to have this world-class film festival in our small town and look forward to welcoming the film-makers and visitors who come to Mineral Point for this exceptional line-up of independent films.
If you plan to attend, there are still rooms available in town. Click here, enter the dates of your visit, and see your options.
Below is the schedule for this 5-day fest along with a brief description of each film. The exciting after-hours events — in orange — all take place on High Street.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
7:30 p.m. – ALMOST THERE – a 93-minute documentary shot over an eight-year period about the first major exhibit of an “outsider” artist. The film will be shown along with film-short THE NIGHT SMOKERS OF CHICAGO. Sponsor: iFinder Antiques
10:00 p.m. Kickoff party at the Midway Bar & Grill
Friday, November 6, 2015
10:00 a.m. PORCH STORIES – a 73-minute comedy/drama that tells three different tales from three different porches in the same multicultural neighborhood.
12:30-2:10 p.m. THE OTHER ONE – a 94-minute drama with supernatural influences about a woman caring for her mother.
4:00- 5:30 p.m. – THE OVERNIGHT – an 80-minute, humorous film about the action between two couples after their sons fall asleep.
8:30-10:30 THE WOLFPACK – a 90-minute film about brothers who learn about the outside world through films. This will be shown along with film-short NESTING GROUNDS. Sponsor: Mitchell Hardware & the Sons of Mitch’s
10:45 p.m. – Friday After Party at the Gray Dog Deli featuring the Driftless Sisters
Saturday, November 7, 2015
10:00-11:30 a.m. BEYOND THE DIVIDE – an 88-minute film about the path to healing between a Vietman war veteran and a peace advocate. Sponsor: Brewery Creek Inn
12:30- WISCONSIN SHORTS – a 90-minute showcase of some of the most dynamic and original films from across Wisconsin, this program brings to light the artistic skill, creativity, and sense of story from some of the most visionary Wisco filmmakers working today.
4:30-6:30 p.m. THEY WILL HAVE TO KILL US FIRST – a 105-minute film about musical superstars in Mali who fight to regain their freedom after sharia law is imposed by Islamic extremists. Sponsor: Wantoot
8:30-10:30 p.m. ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL – a 105-minute film about high school friendships and a girl diagnosed with cancer. This film was the Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Sponsor: Phoebe’s Nest
Saturday After Party – Live Burlesque at Tequila Point
Sunday, November 8, 2015
10:00-11:30 a.m. – THE SANDWICH NAZI – a 72 minute film about a Scandinavian deli owner in British Columbia, who enjoys talking about his past life as a male escort. This will be shown along with film-short SANDORKRAUT. Sponsor: Bob’s Bitchin’ BBQ
12:00-3:00 p.m. 2015 Student Showcase Competition – ten short films will be shown and awards will be given.
4:00-5:50 p.m. SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME – a 98-minute film about a brother and sister who take separate paths to rediscover the meaning of home – set in the Great Plains and the Badlands of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Sponsor: Driftless Appetite
6:00-7:30 p.m. UNEXPECTED – a 90-minute film about a Chicago high school teacher and student who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant.
Monday, November 9, 2015
7:30-8:30 p.m. OLD FASHIONED: THE STORY OF THE WISCONSIN SUPPER CLUB – a 51-minute exploration of this unique Wisconsin institution that continues to thrive in the face of chain restaurants.
For more information, including how to buy tickets, head to the easy to navigate Driftless Film Festival website, www.DrifltessFilmFest.org, created by Mineral Point’s Webbs At Work or pick up one of the DFF brochures also created by Webbs At Work.
-Contributed by Lisa Hay