Perfect Duluth Day’s Best Videos of 2015


As the quantity and quality of videos posted on PDD continues to increase, it gets harder and harder to narrow down the standouts from the past year. But here’s what we’ve come up with. It’s a little heavy on music videos, but there’s a touch of everything else in there. Let us know what we may have missed by adding your own favorites in the comments.


Woodblind – “Big Voice”
Duluth ska band Woodblind makes the ladies dance and pisses off the cops in this animated video by Brian Barber. Originally posted Jan. 23, 2015.


Chuck Ilenda’s workshop in Duluth is the scene in this video by Level Visuals, inspired by a quote from William Faulkner. Originally posted Jan. 29, 2015.


Big Wave Dave and the Ripples – “Real Thing”
David Cowardin of Lola Visuals and Duluth Outdoors shot this video featuring Big Wave Dave and the Ripples. Originally posted Feb. 27, 2015.


Red Mountain – “Home” (Live on The PlayList)
Once again, the fine folks at WDSE TV’s The PlayList brought us a beautifully produced archive of live Duluth music throughout the year. This video was shot at Bayfront Park during the 2014 Twin Ports Bridge Festival and aired in February 2015. Twelve cameras were at work capturing the Red Mountain mayhem. Originally posted Feb. 28, 2015.


Superior Siren – “Leone”
A stark, gorgeous video and song. Killy Kay produced the visuals for this track by Superior Siren. Originally posted March 25, 2015.


Memory Card Dump
Photographer Kip Praslowicz shares 42 days of his life in stop-motion animation. Originally posted April 10, 2015.


Denfeld, It’s in my Soul
Lots of hijinks, shenanigans and school spirit in this video by Denfeld student Kelsey Soderberg. Originally posted April 16.


Gunflint Trail Traffic Stop
In one of the oddest helmet-cam videos we’ve ever seen, Henry Johnson cruises along on the Gunflint Trail and encounters an unexpected traffic issue. Originally posted April 20, 2015.


Giljunko – “Sunny Side Estates”
Sick, twisted, and ripped from the headlines. Justin Sinks‘ 2015 Homegrown Music Video Festival submission for Giljunko’s “Sunny Side Estates” wins this year’s award for Most Comically Disturbing. Originally posted May 6, 2015.


Starling of Athens – “The Lord is not my Real Dad”
Toby Thomas Churchill questions religion in a world that follows a different evolutionary path in this 2015 Homegrown Music Video Festival submission by Brian Barber. Originally posted May 6, 2015


Maddy Siiter – “Runaway”
Another Homegrown Music Video Fest submission. A great video for a talented young singer by Emily Norton and Killy Kay. Also a nice tribute to one of Duluth’s cutest dogs, Nemo, who passed away earlier this year. Originally posted May 6, 2015


Lake Superior Aquaman: Kids Playing on Logs at the Beach
It’s tough to choose one video from prolific contributor Lake Superior Aquaman, but this one really captures the fun of playing in the big lake. Originally posted on June 27, 2015.


Interview: Dave Campbell, Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge Operator
A fun interview by the Current’s David Campbell with lift bridge operator, Dave Campbell. Originally posted Sept. 18. Oh, and by the way, if you watch this and think, “Dang, that’s the life for me,” there’s a bridge operator job opening.


Dan Dresser – “Suffer it”
Dan Dresser leads a merry band of misfits through town in this video by Jason Page, Carl Sauer and Brett Sauey. Originally posted Sept. 26, 2015.


Senator Al Franken Roasts Duluth Mayor Don Ness
Minnesota Senator Al Franken was not able to attend Duluth Mayor Don Ness’ “Final Mayoral Address and Concert Celebration,” but he sent this video in order to, “once and for all tell Don what I really think about him.” Originally posted Dec. 22, 2015.

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Karen Sunderman

about 9 years ago

Thanks PDD, for including The PlayList in a year of great film & videos. Cheers to more in the coming year.

Paul Lundgren

about 9 years ago

If those short videos aren't enough ...

My favorite longer-form video of the year featured Illinois native and 2015 UMD grad Jill Petracek and her strange feet. 

My second-favorite longer-form video of 2015 was the Tysonettes auditions. 

And my third-favorite longer-form video of 2015 is the Homegrown Music Festival's thank you to the outgoing mayor. Disclosure: I'm in it briefly.

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