A new event is coming to Detroit Lakes on Friday, July 30, in conjunction with the community's weeklong Sesquicentennial (i.e., 150th) Birthday Celebration on July 25-31.
- Related: Learn more about all the Detroit Lakes Sesquicentennial festivities planned for next week at dl-online.com.
The Adventure Film Festival is the brainchild of Detroit Lakes native Frankie Hutchinson and her partner, Stein Retzlaff.
"We are bringing the first film festival that we know of here in Detroit Lakes," Retzlaff said.
A professional ski mountaineer and expedition cameraman by trade, Retzlaff said he has been involved in film projects "all over the world, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, Mount Everest and Patagonia" — and he's bringing some of those films to Detroit Lakes, along with the filmmakers and adventurers who made them happen.
"We've been fortunate to work with a lot of prominent people in the industry — some of the world's greatest filmmakers, explorers and athletes," he added.
Retzlaff noted that it was Hutchinson who introduced him to the Midwest, and especially Detroit Lakes, for the first time.
"You have an incredible community here," he added.
Though she was born and raised in Detroit Lakes, Hutchinson said, "I have a travel bug . . . I love to ski and surf, and meeting new people."
She added that she wanted to bring some of that sense of adventure back to her hometown by introducing this new event as part of the community's Sesquicentennial celebration.
The Adventure Film Festival will take place from 3 to 11 p.m. on Friday, July 30. Films will be screened between 6:15-9 p.m. inside the Pavilion, with speaker panels and raffle prizes in between. Meanwhile, outside on the City Beach, there will be food, bar service and live music from October Road both before and after the film screenings. Doors open at 3 p.m., with music, community booths, food trucks and concessions open between 3:30-5 p.m. The music resumes on the beach at 9:15 p.m. with the celebration set to continue until approximately 10:45 p.m.
Films to be screened include "Full Circle," "The Crux," "A Northern Light," "Inaka," "Adventure Not War," and "Art of Aleutia," to name a few. Partners for the festival include Detroit Lakes' own Historic Holmes Theatre and the Coast Film Festival, which is based in Laguna Beach, Calif., along with the city of Detroit Lakes and others.
In addition, there will be raffle prizes including surf, ski and fashion packages, with all raffle proceeds going to support the Historic Holmes Theatre.
If you go
What: Intrepid Adventure Film Festival
When: Friday, July 30; doors open at 3 p.m., with short, adventure-related films to be screened between 6:15-9:15 p.m.
Where: Detroit Lakes Pavilion, 1361 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes
How: General admission tickets are $10 for kids age 11 and under, $20 for adults. VIP packages are $45 per person, and include a gift bag valued at $40 as well as free beer and seltzer during the event. For more information, visit the Holmes Theatre website at dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html or check out the festival's Facebook page.