Minnesota Mean

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The Main 1 Sat, Apr 15, 2023 4:45 PM
The Main 1 Mon, Apr 17, 2023 7:00 PM
Pop's Art Theater Rochester Sun, Apr 23, 2023 5:00 PM
The Main 1 Sun, Apr 30, 2023 4:30 PM
Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Programs:New American Visions
Minnesota Made
Women & Film
Release Year:2023
Runtime:81 min
Print Source:Emergence Pictures
Minnesota Made
Women Directors
Culture & Society
Best of Fest
Director:Dawn Mikkelson
Executive Producer:Dawn Mikkelson
Producer:Dawn Mikkelson
Cinematographer:Jim Tittle
Screenwriter:Dawn Mikkelson
Editor:Dawn Mikkelson
Kimberly Brown
Shawn Hissami
M'Daya Meliani


Best of Fest Encore Screening

Minnesota filmmaker and festival favorite Dawn Mikkelson (Risking Light, 2018 MSPIFF) returns with this rousing documentary following six fierce members of Minnesota Roller Derby as they fight to win the Hydra, the prize for the best women's flat track roller derby team in the entire world.

Mikkelson embedded herself with the Minnesota Roller Derby, the powerful group of local women who have been entertaining roller derby fans for years. In Minnesota Mean, we see the trials and tribulations of their day-to-day lives in the heat of competition–the injuries, the strategies, and heartbreak and the triumphs. By the end, whether you’re a fan or not, you’ll be cheering the Minnesota Roller Derby. Featuring music by Dessa.

Director Biography

Dawn Mikkelson is a local Emmy Award winning filmmaker and McKnight Filmmaking Fellow, who is the director of the documentaries This Obedience (2003), Green Green Water (2007), In a Time of Trial (2013), Risking Light (2018) which appeared in that year’s MSPIFF, Finding Her Beat (2022) and Minnesota Mean (2023).