Al. Ringling Theatre Hosts Best of the Driftless Film Fest Thanksgiving Weekend

Baraboo — The Al. Ringling Theater is pleased to host six independent feature films Nov. 23-25 as part of the “Best of the Fest” offerings from this year’s Driftless Film Festival. The festival took place earlier this month in Mineral Point, Platteville, Richland Center and Spring Green. A total of 22 documentaries and feature films were screened.

The film festival focuses on independent films from around the world.  Its mission is not only to bring unique cinema to Driftless residents (mainly Southwestern Wisconsin), but to encourage people from outside the Driftless Area to come discover its many historic theaters and venues while experiencing one of the most unique and beautiful regions in the Midwest.

Festival leaders selected the six best films for the Thanksgiving weekend at the Al. Ringling Theatre, 136 4th Ave, Baraboo. Tickets for individual films are $6, and a weekend pass is $22.

The lineup of movies and screening times are:

“No God No Master,” 7 p.m. Nov. 23: It is the summer of 1919, and a series of package bombs show up on the doorsteps of prominent politicians and businessmen. U.S. Bureau of Investigation Agent William Flynn is assigned the task of finding those responsible and quickly becomes immersed in an investigation that uncovers an anarchist plot to destroy democracy. This sets the stage for a timely drama with resoundingly similar parallels to the contemporary war on terrorism and the role that government plays to defeat it.

“Bidder 70,” 1 p.m. Nov. 24: The movie centers on an extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience demanding government and industry accountability. In 2008, University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher committed an act that would redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice.

“Water Walk” and short film “Bring on the Magic,” 4 p.m. Nov. 24: After Blue Lake, Michigan, newspaper editor Steve Faulkner is laid off, his 17-year-old son Justin could have easily stepped aside and watched his dad frantically search for another job. Instead he persuades his workaholic dad to join him on the trip of a lifetime, a 1,000-mile canoe journey retracing the Marquette/Joliet discovery route of the Mississippi. Together they travel along Lake Michigan’s northern shore, through Green Bay, up the Fox, down the Wisconsin and finally the mighty Mississippi.

The short film “Bring on the Magic” is about a recently divorced man who takes his children to the zoo. Despite his best efforts, the two complain and bicker, missing their mom bitterly. When one of them runs away, what was supposed to be a fun outing turns into a parent’s worst nightmare.

“Little Red,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24: A contemporary Little Red Riding Hood tricks her Midwestern family and sets out on her own to contend with the wolves of the world. While in Florida, she meets a slightly older, worldlier companion, and together they venture to see the wild horses of Cumberland Island. Happily ever after does not come easily, or without a price, when Red encounters a Big Bad Wolf who doesn’t want her to travel alone.

“Last Day at Lambeau,” 1 p.m. Nov. 25: A movie that will be of great interest to football fans in general and Packers fans in particular, “Last Day at Lambeau” chronicles the adoration and contempt that millions of sports fans feel toward pro football star Brett Favre. The film depicts the divorce of Favre and the Green Bay Packers in 2008 and concludes with Favre’s last game at Lambeau Field on October 24, 2010.

“Circus Dreams,” 4 p.m. Nov. 25: This heartwarming feature documentary captures the adventures of a sweet, funny and extremely bendy group of 12- to 18-year-olds. “Circus Dreams” immerses viewers into the lives of these talented kids, capturing their intense work ethic, passion for performance, deep friendships and budding loves.

For more information, contact the theater at (608) 356-8864 or info@alringling.com or see www.alringling.com

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