The Great Northern: Climate Action Shorts - Ice Ball + Carrying the Fire + A Voice For The Wild


The Main 3 Tue, Jan 31, 2023 7:00 PM
Film Info
Program:The Great Northern
Runtime:60 min
Minnesota Made


Screening Tuesday, January 31 at 7:00 PM

A program of three documentary films that unite around expressions of environmental activism and climate action.

Following the screening will be a live conversation with Will Steger and members of the Ice Ball team, and A Voice For The Wild director Jesse Roesler.

Film Lineup
Ice Ball by Nathaniel Schmidt
Carrying the Fire by Ajuawak Kapashesit
A Voice For The Wild by Jesse Roesler

Ice Ball

Documentary | 14 min. | 2020

Legendary polar explorer, Will Steger, inspires a community by preserving the forgotten craft of ice harvesting. In a nostalgic celebration of this winter craft, the film is a portrayal of human innovation and interconnection that embodies one man’s attempt to move society forward, without leaving the past behind.

Director: Nathaniel Schmidt
Producers: Simon Williams, Tanya Silver, Brendon Skinner
Editor: David Scarborough
Directors of Photography: Kyle Moe, Eric Schleicher
Composer: Nick Mihalevich
Courtesy: Gravity Films

Carrying the Fire

Documentary | 18 min. | 2021

After the defeat of the Sandpiper Pipeline in Northern Minnesota, Water Protectors return to protect the water, and each other, when Line 3 begins construction.

Director: Ajuawak Kapashesit
Director Of Photography: Vaughn Potter
Editor: Morningstar Angeline
Music By: Olivia Komahcheet
Courtesy: Ajuawak Kapashesit

A Voice For The Wild

Documentary | 20 min. | 2022

In A Voice for the Wild, the follow up to Breaking Trail, Emily Ford and sled dog Diggins attempt to cross the secluded Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in winter during subzero temperatures to raise awareness about the potential environmental impacts a proposed copper-nickel mine in Ely would have on the pristine environment.

Director: Jesse Roesler
Producers: Jesse Roesler, Pete Marshall, Gayle Knutson
Courtesy: Credo Nonfiction

About The Great Northern | January 25-February 5, 2023

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.

About MSP Film

The films are curated by the MSP Film Society, 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 The Main Cinema represent a diversity of perspectives and 100+ cultures and countries each year, providing unique platforms for learning and action through film and conversation.