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Red Bridge Film Festival to feature filmmaker

Red Bridge Film Festival in Park Rapids has selected its visiting filmmaker for this year's program.

Deb Wallwork, an artist and documentary filmmaker best known for her series of videos on Native American culture, will present and discuss her work Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17 at Park Theatre in Park Rapids.

Wallwork produced four-hour long documentaries in affiliation with Prairie Public Television and Red River Indian Association; they were broadcast nationally on PBS and screened widely at film festivals.

One of those documentaries, Mino-Bimadiziwin: The Good Life, will be part of the Red Bridge Festival. It tells a story of wild rice harvesting, processing and marketing on the White Earth Reservation with many interviews, especially near Rice Lake.

"I deal with issues like quality of life, and 'home,' and what that means to people," she says.

Another of her projects to screen in Park Rapids, C. Beck, won public television's 2008 Independent Lens Grand Prize short film award. This follows the Fergus Falls painter, printer and woodcarver, Charles Beck, at work making his woodcut landscapes - literal impressions of northern Minnesota.

In addition to her public screenings and discussion, Wallwork will give presentations to Park Rapids Area High School classes, with support from the Red Bridge Film Festival.

Wallwork pushes the boundaries of the documentary genre to tell stories at the shifting borders where cultures meet and transform. Her work is often acclaimed for its visual poetry, social insight and observation of beauty in ordinary aspects of the world.

Wallwork's projects have screened at the Minnesota History Center, the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian. Her commissions and credits include the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and the National Park Service.

She has an Master of Fine Arts in from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. More information about her work is available on the web at

This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.