Indie Foreign Film at Owatonna Library: Far from the Madding Crowd

In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a handsome and reckless soldier; and William Boldwood, a prosperous, mature bachelor. Thomas Hardy’s literary classic, Far from the Madding Crowd, is a compelling and timeless tale that is much more than a love story. Although written almost 150 years ago, Bathsheba remains as fierce a character as ever - and she has been brought to life by Carey Mulligan in this dazzling new production.


Tangerines, World Independent Films at OPL


A story of awakening humanity in the midst of violence, told with intimacy and elegance, Tangerines is the spare, yet haunting tale of an older Estonian man who cares for two wounded soldiers from opposite sides of the 1990s-era war in Georgia. The fighters vow to kill each other when they recover, but their extended period of recovery has a humanizing effect that just might transcend ethnic divides. The film reveals compassion to be the ultimate response to centuries of political, cultural, and ethnic conflict, a compelling and relevant message.


Indie World Film: Wild Tales

wild tales movie

Showing on Thursday, July 9, at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Wild Tales (Argentina)


Independent World Films at Owatonna LIbrary: My Old Lady

My Old Lady Indie Film Owatonna Library

Showing on Thursday, June 25, at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

My Old Lady (Great Britain/U.S./France)


Indie World Film at Owatonna Library: The Good Lie

The Good Lie Independent World Film

Four Sudanese children are orphaned after their village is massacred in the Second Sudanese Civil War. Consequently, they make an arduous and dangerous trek through the plains, enduring hardship, death and sacrifice all the way until they reach safety in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. Years later, these youths are among 3600 selected for resettlement in America, the one girl among them sent to Boston, while the three boys must to make a new life in Kansas City. Together, these young men must adjust to an alien culture even as the emotional baggage of their past haunts them.


Independent World Films at Owatonna Library: For a Woman

For a Woman

For a Woman is an engrossing French film distributed in the U.S. by Film Movement, a company which provides award-winning, first run, independent and foreign films from top festivals around the world.


In Memory of Wes Schuck: A Family Man, Mentor and Enthusiastic Dreamer

Wes Schuck was a dear friend and mentor. The publisher of Slanted Magazine SMAC owes much credit to Schuck. The original plan was to revive Static Magazine, but Wes became ill with cancer and wanted to move ahead with his dream of producing films. Slanted Mag is truly grateful to have evolved the magazine from the direction and vision that Schuck had as a young man living in Mankato and operating Two Fish Studios, a recording studio business. Schuck lived a full life, promoting music and later working on independent film projects.


Independent World Films in Owatonna: PRIDE


On Thursday, April 23, PRIDE (from Great Britain) showed at the Owatonna Public Library:


Holy Crap, Birdman Played at the Owatonna Public Library!

Birdman Movie Independent Film

Birdman played as part of the Independent World Film series at the Owatonna Public Library on March 26.


Winners Annouced for Festival


Mankato, Minn. –The international Speechless Film Festival is proud to announce the winners

and official selections of the 2015 festival. Generous cash prizes and honorable mentions were

given in eight categories of submission. The festival received over 170 entries (predominantly

short films) from over 20 countries. Judges include 15 educators and industry professionals from

Mankato and all over the USA.

The public is warmly invited to attend the festival, which will run March 20-21 in Mankato,