The 2013 Highway 61 Film Festival occurred this past weekend in Pine City, Minnesota. The competition included one film from Cook County this year. “Sled Dogs to St. Paul: The Race for Clean Water” was an official selection for the festival, and took second place in the Documentary Feature category.
Local filmmakers Patrick Knight and Kelly Schoenfelder directed the film, which tells the story of local dogmusher Frank Moe’s trip from Grand Marais to St. Paul during the winter of 2012, to raise awareness about the potential impacts of nonferrous mining projects proposed in northeastern Minnesota.
The Highway 61 Film Festival was established in 2011 as a means of supporting and promoting independent films and filmmakers from all along Highway 61 and beyond. The judges awarded films in a variety of categories, including comedy, drama, student film, animation and documentary.