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The Winners Are:
Student Submission Film Winner: Saving Creativity, Directors: Bailey Cahlander & Seth Duin
Submission Film Winner: Because it’s Small, Director: Marc Kornblatt
People’s Choice Award: More information to come!
Acceptance of submissions to be considered for the Best of Fest award at the 2013 Oneota Film Festival is now closed. See all of the submissions at the Festival!
If you have a film that you would like to submit for general viewing please contact festival director If you have questions, feel free to email submission contact Kristin Torresdal. Thank you for your interest.
Congratulations to our 2013 Accepted Film Submissions! Please check the Film Schedule to learn when each of these films will be shown.
Blood, Sweat, and Dirt: The DHPT Story, Director: Bryce Kilker
Learn more about the work and history of Decorah Human Powered Trails, a volunteer mountain bike organization that has constructed over 25 miles of trails in Decorah’s city limits. This film is a great snapshot of Decorah’s mountain biking culture and features interviews with local community members.
From Crop to Co-op, Director: Ethan Groothuis
Just when you thought you knew all there was to know about your local food cooperative, this film takes you one step further. Taking an in-depth look using the perspectives of local producers, workers and community members, From Crop to Co-op explores how a community is affected by having a food cooperative.
Garden Guardians, Directors: Bryce Kilker & Alyssa Gammelgaard
This film looks at the growing problem of genetic loss within our food crops, what has caused this, and what needs to be done to preserve the genetic and cultural diversity of local foods. The film features several area farmers as well as Seed Savers Heritage Farm.
Saving Creativity, Directors: Bailey Cahlander & Seth Duin
The arts in school districts throughout the United States have always been the scapegoat for budget cuts and ways to reduce funding in schools, and yet they play an integral part in the development of a child’s education. This film interviews art, dance, and music professors from Luther College, as well as radio hosts from 89.3 The Current, members of the band ‘Pert Near/Trampled by Turtles, and President of the McNally School of Music in St. Paul, MN.
Volare, Directors: Neal Abbott & Joe Marshall
An intimate portrait of Father Phil Gibbs of Decorah, IA. He is a lively, passionate, and enjoyable man to be around with a passion for flying. Join us as we learn more about this interesting hobby and the man behind the passion.
Student Micro-Film Production Seminar
Seminar Instructor: Cade Loven, Seminar Participants: Aiden Spencer-Berg, Anna Spencer-Berg, Anders Wahlberg, Clara Kittleson, Lydia Albertson Hayes, Gus Albertson Hayes, Joe Nottestad. Seminar Sponsors: The Game Exchange, Sims TV & Electronics, Decorah Bank & Trust
Director: Lydia Albertson Hayes
This film is about an artist sitting on a park bench on a cold Fall day remembering that he sat in that same spot on a similar fall day many years before. As he sits on the bench watching the park scene he sees that after all this time, even after the world has changed so much, there are many aspects of life that are still the same.
Director: Aiden Spencer-Berg
One evening, a little boy is swinging in the park feeling completely safe and innocent when suddenly a mysterious person appears out of the shadows. After the boy realizes he is being watched, he starts to leave but is closely pursued. The boy breaks into a run but there doesn’t seem to be any escape from this curious chaser. This short thriller film directed by Aidan Spencer Berg, features Gus Albertson Hayes and Anna Spencer Berg as part of a student film seminar.
Director: Anna Spencer-Berg
Stories are one of the best things people can share on a day to day basis. Everyone has some and anyone can tell them. This short interview film has four funny stories. These stories are about things you did when you were little that you knew you shouldn’t do but you did them anyway. These stories are very different from each other but the one thing they have in common is that they are hilarious. Everyone has a story to tell and these are just a couple that will bring a smile to your lips and a story of yours back to memory.
Because it’s Small, Director: Marc Kornblatt
Begun as a modest carpentry project in a Wisconsin man’s front yard, Little Free Library has blossomed into what commentators have dubbed a world-wide movement. Todd Bol meant to build just one little school house, as a tribute to his mother. He filled it with books for his neighbors to borrow. But after he saw how people responded to his creation and told his buddy Rick about it, the two got to thinking. In this short documentary you’ll meet Todd and Rick together with some of the ardent community-minded readers who are part of their global phenomenon. Okay, so most of the little libraries are in the Midwest. Just wait. You’ll be able to say you saw the movie before things really took off!
Farming Forward, Directors: Martin Lang & Ethan Marxhausen
With powerful but divergent trends at work in contemporary agriculture, from the continued growth of industrial megafarms to the local food movement, a very important question is being asked on farms all across the world: ‘Who will be tomorrow’s farmers?’ Farming Forward presents several possible answers, revealing the surprising diversity and vitality of the next crop of sustainable growers. From fourth generation farming families to freshly-minted college farmers, these dedicated people offer an inspiring glimpse into their shared passions: community, the planet, and outstanding food.
Frac Sand Land, Director: Robert Nehman
There is a rush happening for a certain kind of sand. It is causing a storm and is leaving communities devastated. In this documentary you will hear from a frac sand mine expert, hear from concerned families, witness complete removal of a hill, and be asked to look at the many issues surrounding frac sand mining.
Hours with Novian
Hours with Ben
Hours with Amanda
Directors: Thomas C. Johnson & Michael Crowe
This set of three films from local filmmakers Thomas C. Johnson and Michael Crowe create an intimate portrait of three Decorah residents who are Luther College faculty. Novian Whitsitt, Ben Moore and Amanda Hamp reflect on where they find balance–-cycling, writing, painting, solitude, dancing, fishing and more.
Net-0 House, Executive Producer: Joel Zook, Director: Kyrl Henderson
Have you ever wondered what it would take to decrease your home’s carbon footprint? Join the Winneshiek Energy District as they take on an ‘energy remodel” of an existing 1950s home – from a high energy user to a home with no carbon footprint.
Fourth Annual Oneota Film Festival
Film Submission Information
OFF accepts submissions of relevant films which meet our Mission. We focus on environmental, social justice, adventure, eco travel, food/ agriculture, and especially locally-oriented films. Films are accepted on a rolling basis and a final decision about the film line-up will be made soon after the closing date of December 12, 2012 (12/12/12).
- Best of Fest (juried) $500.00 prize
- Best Student Film (juried) $100.00 prize
- People’s Choice Submission
- People’s Choice Selection
202 Winnebago St.
Decorah, IA 52101
Valentina is an Assistant Professor in the Department of World Languages at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Ill, where she teaches Spanish language and Latin American literature, film and culture. Her research interests are the Golden Age of Mexican cinema (1930s-1950s) and 20th century Mexican literature and culture. Valentina is vegetarian and has a 13 year-old sheltie named Claudio and a 7 year-old tabby named Mursik. She visits her family in Chiapas, Mexico every summer.
Ling Zhang, a PhD student in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. She got her MA in film studies from Beijing Film Academy. She is also a film critic publishing film reviews and essays in China. She teaches “Introduction to Cinema” and international film history at the University of Chicago. Her interests in research include film sound, cinematic time and space, early Chinese cinema, Chinese opera film and Taiwan New Cinema. Her publications include “Revolutionary Aestheticism and Excess: Transformation of the Idealized Female Body in The Red Lantern on Stage and Screen,” (The New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 12:1 (June 2010)) and “Collecting the Ashes of Time: The Temporality and Materiality of Industrial Ruins in Wang Bing’s documentary West of the Tracks (Tiexiqu, 2002),” (Asian Cinema, Spring/ Summer 2009). She likes world art cinema, reading, and music.
OFF MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Through film, discussion, and other media to engage a large and diverse audience in the critical issues of our time.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Oneota Film Festival is created by a dedicated group that includes representatives of host Luther College, the Decorah Public Library, and local film enthusiasts who have formed a non-profit corporation for the sole purpose of producing the Festival.