Film Posts

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour returns to Duluth

After a one-year absence, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour returns to Duluth on Jan. 7-8 at DECC Symphony Hall. This stop on the tour is hosted by the Duluth Cross Country Ski Club, and proceeds from the event benefit local community ski projects. For more details on the event visit the PDD Calendar entry.

Selective Focus: Duluth-area Film Festivals in 2020

If you’re a fan of film or an aspiring filmmaker, here’s a quick list of festivals in the area you can get involved in by attending or submitting your work. Each has a different focus and flavor, but for those interested in the art of filmmaking, there are opportunities for involvement at many of levels beyond being an audience member.

Selective Focus: Duluth and Northern Minnesota Film Photographers

Photo courtesy of Kip Praslowicz

There’s a show currently hanging at Blacklist, photography all shot on film by area photographers. The pieces come from members of the Duluth and Northern Minnesota Film Photographers, a group that meets monthly to discuss the process, challenges and variations of shooting on film. The evening will be both a reception for the show and one of the monthly meet-ups.

Duluth native gears up for directorial debut on independent film

As much as I wish I was writing this about myself, I am glad my time has not yet come. No, I am not making my directorial debut, but I have been working as a production assistant for an independent feature film called Seed of Doubt. In fact, I like to believe it was my connection to Duluth that landed me said gig, and not the more likely scenario that I was the only one with free time that bothered to reach out. Although I do have video production experience, I have significant inexperience when it comes to independent feature films. And being a PA for a mere three months has taught me that indie film making, is completely nuts. What sits arguably at the top of the completely nuts castle, would be the film’s director. Producers certainly have no breezy time either, but when the cast and crew converge for production, even the producers are asking the director, “What’s next?”

Cut to: Will Cox.

“I’ve been to Duluth” in The Great Outdoors

Here is another Duluth-in-the-movies sighting. From the 1988 film The Great Outdoors, starring John Candy and Dan Aykroyd. This shirt is worn by the camp host at the beginning of the movie.

Water Film Fest at UWS – send in an entry

We will be having a Water Film Fest – films about water, life in water, importance of water, etc. Any season (winter through summer topics) would be fine. There will be local films, national, and international. We’d like the films to be under 10 minutes. The event will run from 6-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 at Swenson Hall Room 1012 (next to Yellowjacket Union). It’s free. If you’d like to submit an entry email grethenw @ The film fest is sponsored by the City of Superior Environmental Services and the Lake Superior Research Institute. We love clean and healthy water.

Film festival seeking volunteers

Do you like film, music and art? How about free tickets to movies, bands and art exhibits?

The Duluth Superior Film Festival (formerly Sound Unseen International Duluth) is looking for volunteers. The festival runs May 30 through June 3, 2012 and consists of film, music, and art events.

Local Sustainability Film Premiere

Join Sustainable Twin Ports this Thursday, July 28, for the premiere screening of The Early Adopter Project, a documentary by Chani Becker.

5pm: A premiere party hosted by Sustainable Twin Ports will kick off the evening at the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, followed by 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm screenings of the film at Zinema 2 theaters.

END:CIV with Director Franklin López

This culture will eat you alive
Fight back; resist & survive

Screening at Zinema 2 on June 7 at 7pm.

The 2nd Annual Sound Unseen In’tl Duluth Film+Music+Art Festival

Sound Unseen International Duluth is proud to announce its second annual International Film, Music and Art Festival, presented by Maurices, from June 8-12 in Duluth. Unlike our festival in the Twin Cities, the Duluth festival allows us to expand our programming beyond “films-on-music” (although still included via our In Competition music films) and brings world-class cinema, art and music to the Twin Ports area.

Living Downstream Film Event

Monday, May 2, 7-8:30 PM
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
350 Harbor Drive, Duluth (Room number will be posted)

Join Clean Water Action for a showing of the documentary Living Downstream. The People’s Picture Company describes this film as “an eloquent and cinematic feature-length documentary based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D.

This poetic film follows Sandra for one pivotal year as she travels across North America, breaking the silence about cancer and its environmental links. In a powerful interplay between Sandra’s private journey and the scientific evidence she presents to the public, Living Downstream reminds us of the intimate connection between the health of our bodies and the health of our air, land and water. For more information about this film and to view the trailer, visit Free event.

For more info: Contact Kim LaBo at klabo @

River Icarus cello and film performance with Kathy McTavish

In 2009 Kathy McTavish was awarded an American Composers Forum / Jerome Foundation commission and an Arrowhead Regional Arts Council / McKnight Foundation grant to compose, record and perform a work for electrified solo cello called: “River Icarus: Rusted Bridge / Deep Water.”

The “River Icarus” project explores myth and memory, the ways we construct our personal story, the relationship to our physical surroundings and the myths/ghosts that exist in that landscape. This fusion of film and cello explores the ephemeral, elusive underworld of personal experience.

Join Kathy and Jodi Christensen on Thursday, Sept. 23, 7-8:30pm, Deep Peace Wellness Studio, located at 31 W. Superior St., Suite 501 (Enter through the avenue).

Watch, listen, draw, journal, meditate, or relax in restorative yoga poses.

Donations appreciated.

Cinema Lounge Call for Entries

IFP’s Cinema Lounge is coming to Duluth on November 5! This fun and somewhat crazy annual event will take place at 7pm at the supercool Zinema2. Our fun and friendly Cinema Lounge host will screen the best of the latest Duluth-area short films and interview the directors. If you have a short film — under 20 minutes — that you’d like to submit for consideration, please contact Max Becker at 651-644-1912 or [email protected].

All-Water Film Weekend at the Zinema – July 16-18

Cinematic All-Water Weekend.
The films are free and open to the public.
Fri, 7/16 – 7 pm OCEANS (Disney)
Sat, 7/17 – 5 pm The END of the LINE (documentary; great cinematography)
Sun, 7/18 – 5 pm FLOW (For the Love of Water) The – documentary on world waster crisis.

MN Sea Grant

Sound Unseen Int’l Duluth website and ticketing is up!


Thank you all so much for your patience as it took us a bit longer than anticipated to get our website up and fully functioning. Our confirmed film titles are in, along with our full music line-up!

As space is limited to each screening and music event, we highly encourage you to purchase tickets in advance. There is definitely something for EVERYONE at the festival this year and we can’t wait to see you all there.

Sound Unseen Int’l Duluth

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!