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Film Festival marks 11th year in Wrenshall barn
Cloquet Minnesota 122 Avenue C 55720

A farm-fresh alternative to stale cinema returns for its 11th season

in the big old barn in Wrenshall at the end of July.


The Free Range Film Festival, 909 County Road 4, Wrenshall, is set for Friday, July 25, from 7-11 p.m. and Saturday, July 26, from 2-5 p.m. and 7-11 p.m.

The Festival has been a cult favorite in the Northland since it started screening films in 2003 and this year it continues its successful mix of local premieres and international standouts.

“I love that our lineup is always really eclectic,” said organizer Annie

Dugan. “It means there will always be something that will delight as well

as challenge our audiences and I feel like that’s what film is meant to


This year’s lineup includes animated shorts, documentaries and a

full-length narrative feature.

While still maintaining the diverse mix of voices, there is a unique

sub-theme that has emerged in this year’s schedule.

“For some reason this is the year of the jigsaw puzzle,” said Dugan.

The festival will open with a documentary by local filmmaker Mike Scholtz that follows the competitive world of jigsaw puzzling. The movie “Wicker Kittens” was a festival favorite at SXSW in Austin, Texas, and will make its local premiere on Friday, July 25. Local band “Portrait of a Drowned Man” did the score for the film and will play during the festival’s intermission on Friday night.

The theme doesn’t stop there, however. On Saturday afternoon there

will be a full-length feature narrative, “Arlo & Julie,” in which a jigsaw

puzzle plays a major role.

“We figured it had become the theme, so why not go whole hog and throw in a puzzle swap as well!” said Dugan.

Festival goers are invited to bring puzzles to share and trade on Friday night during the intermission.

For a full schedule of films, go to

Contact Dugan at 218-310-4703 or for more information.