Breaking Trail



Parkway Theater Tue, Feb 1 7:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00 (+$2 online fee)
Members:$5.00 (no online fee)
Film Info
Program:The Great Northern
Black Perspectives
Minnesota Made
Release Year:2021
Runtime:30 min
Print Source:Credo Nonfiction
Director:Jesse Roesler
Executive Producer:Dan Satorius
Producer:James Edward Mills
Jen Larson Roesler
Jesse Roesler
Cinematographer:Jesse Roesler
Screenwriter:Jesse Roesler
Editor:Sam Kaiser
Principal Cast:Emily Ford
Diggins the Sled Dog


Post-screening conversation with director Jesse Roesler and star Emily Ford!

About Breaking Trail

Emily Ford sets out with Diggins, a borrowed Alaskan Husky sled dog, to become the first woman and person of color to thru-hike the 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail in winter. As the 69-day journey through subzero temperatures tests her physical and mental endurance, Emily and her canine protector develop an unbreakable bond as they embrace the unexpected kindness of strangers and discover they’ve become figureheads in the movement to make the outdoors more accessible for everyone. What begins as an extraordinary physical and mental challenge also becomes a spiritual adventure. 

BLT sandwich with soda and olives on table

Boost your Breaking Trail screening experience with a delicious sandwich created by innovative pop-up foodmaker Martha Polack of Marty’s Deli!

Inspired by classic New York delis and sunshine-y Italian cafes, Marty’s Deli sandwiches are made on fresh-baked focaccia and stacked with locally sourced ingredients from purveyors including Wild Acre Farm, Peterson Meats, and Red Table Meat, and accompanied by house-made mayos, pickles, and spreads. Pre-ordering is strongly encouraged and will close at 5 pm on Mon, Jan 31.

The Great Northern - January 27-February 6, 2022

As people of the North, we’re a hardy bunch. We don’t just passively endure what our winters dish out; we rally, we play, we explore, we reflect, we relish in all the opportunities our cold season offers. Not surprisingly then, we are some of the bravest, most intrepid individuals around. And, as a community, that makes us something special. The inspiring stories and people within the films presented at The Great Northern 2022 celebrate perseverance, common purpose, and building a legacy for a healthier, more inclusive future. Presented by MSP Film and The Great Northern.

Films at The Great Northern 2022
Breaking Trail
| Tuesday, February 1 at 7:00pm, The Parkway Theater
Hockeyland | Saturday, February 5 at 6:00pm, The Parkway Theater
After Antarctica | Saturday, April 9 at 6:30pm, Science Museum of Minnesota's Omnitheater

About The Great Northern

The Great Northern celebrates our cold, creative winters through ten days of diverse programming that invigorate mind and body. In an era of changing climate that threatens our signature season, we seek to create community, inspire action, and share the resilient spirit of the North with the world.

Artwork by Máni Sigfússon for his collaborative project "drift" with Daniel Wohl. Project details at

About MSP Film

The films are curated by the MSP Film, whose mission is to inform and transform individuals and communities through the power of great cinema. MSP Film has spent the last six decades celebrating a myriad of cultures, countries and issues of collective local and global concern through film, believing in the potency of storytelling to move people, and to move people to action. Our widely recognized Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, Cine Latino, We The People film series, or daily screenings at St. Anthony Main Theatre represent a diversity of perspectives and 100+ cultures and countries each year, providing unique platforms for learning and action through film and conversation.

COVID-19 Guidelines

MSP Film Society requires, at the time of entry, either proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination or negative results from a COVID-19 test performed within 72 hours of the screening. MSP Film Society strongly recommends masks for all screenings regardless of vaccination status, unless actively eating or drinking. For more information regarding MSP Film Society's COVID-19 policy CLICK HERE.