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The Driftless Film Festival celebrates this unique region that escaped the glaciers of the ice age and its inspiration for many talented artists and filmmakers. Once a year, the Driftless Film Festival brings together the best of new independent cinema with the landscape, artistic energy, and local atmosphere of Southwest Wisconsin. Now in its fifth year, Driftless continues to provide a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience for audiences and filmmakers alike.
Founded in 2009 by filmmakers Darren Burrows and Nicholas Langholff, Driftless was born of a love for independent films, an appreciation of the unusual region, and the joy of spending a weekend immersed in the charm Mineral Point’s galleries, shops, restaurants, and bars. It is this delightful marriage of place and cinematic story that is the core of the Driftless vision today.
The Driftless Film Festival screens each of its films in the Mineral Point Opera House. Beautifully restored in 2009, it retains the atmosphere of its origins as a 1915 vaudeville house. Brought to life by film screenings and live performances year round, the Opera House is both an elegant testament to Mineral Point’s passion for preservation and a showcase space for some of the best entertainment in the region.
Each year the festival hosts filmmakers from across the country. Special guests have included Mark Metcalf (Animal House, Seinfeld, Little Red), Anthony Arendt (Muscle Shoals, Avatar), and Matt Adams (We Cause Scenes) among many others. Not only do visiting filmmakers present revealing Q&A discussions during the festival, but the weekend provides an opportunity for filmmakers and attendees to mingle outside the screenings.
From popular festival hits to locally-produced art, the Driftless Film Festival seeks to showcase the most thought-provoking, innovative, and creative independent cinema of our time. These films will hit home in a place that feels like home, and of course Pendarvis, “Shake Rag Alley,” and other places to enjoy in town also makes the trip worthwhile.
The Driftless Film Festival runs Thursday, November 1st through Sunday the 4th, so you have several days’ worth of options for when to attend! Check their website for a full slate of films and other activities. Example films include Rodents of Unusual Size, Minding the Gap, Dawson City: Frozen in Time, Hello Girls, Decoding the Driftless, Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind: the Carolina Chocolate Drops Story, and more. Tickets for individual screenings are $10, or a $50 pass gets you in to everything. BUY TICKETS ONLINE HERE.
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Enjoy a drive with exceptional scenery, as the Driftless Area of Wisconsin is ridiculously beautiful. Hit Highways 23, 39, or U.S. 151 to reach Mineral Point, south of Dodgeville and northeast of Platteville and take it all in!