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Driftless Film Festival
October 31, 2019
November 3, 2019
November 2, 2015
Mineral Point Opera House
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139 High Street, Mineral Point, WI, 53565, United States
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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. Happening October 31st – November 3rd, 2019 this 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 sixth 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.

2019 Features include:

Thursday, October 31st: Betty White: a Life in Television

Friday, November 1st, 5pm: Hail Satan? Speaking Truth to Power In Truly Profound Ways

Friday, November 1st, 7:30pm: Lake Michigan Monster: Banned in Four Lakes!

Saturday, November 2nd, 11:30am: Eating Up Easter: Balancing Economic Growth and Environmentalism

Saturday, November 2nd, 2pm: Short Film Program

Saturday, November 2nd, 5pm: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Saturday, November 2nd, 7:30pm: The Field: A Long-Empty Farmstead Holds Secret Worlds

Sunday, November 3rd, 2pm: Played Out: A Day in the Life of Three Quintessential Madisonians

Sunday, November 3rd, 5:30pm: Echo in the Canyon: When Laurel Canyon Ruled the Music Industry

The Driftless Film Festival runs Thursday, October 31st through Sunday, November 3rd, so you have several days’ worth of options for when to attend! Check their website for a full slate of films and other activities. Tickets for individual screenings vary; you can also purchase a $50 pass that gets you in to everything. BUY TICKETS ONLINE HERE.

Get the full slate of films HERE

Driftless Film Festival Main Address:

Mineral Point Opera House
139 High Street
Mineral Point, WI 53565
(608) 260-8725



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!

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