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2019 Driftless Film Festival

October 31 – November 3


Thursday, 10/31 – Sunday, 11/3

Movie Info

Once a year, the Driftless Film Festival brings together the best of new independent cinema with the landscape, artistic energy, and local atmosphere of Southwest Wisconsin. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Driftless continues to provide a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience for audiences and filmmakers alike.

Founded in 2009 by filmmakers Darren Burrows and Nicholas Langholff, Driftless was born of a love for independent films, an appreciation of the unusual region, and the joy of spending a weekend immersed in the charm Mineral Point’s galleries, shops, restaurants, and bars. It is this delightful marriage of place and cinematic story that is the core of the Driftless vision today.

Full festival passes are available for $50 at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4334135. Daily passes and individual screening tickets also will be available.

With that in mind, we’d like to announce our almost-complete lineup for our 10th anniversary Festival, to be held at the Mineral Point Opera House from Thursday, Oct 31, to Sunday, Nov. 3. Stay tuned as we finalize our lineup in the next week.


2019 DFF Schedule

Betty White: A Life In Television
Thursday, 10/31, 8 pm
A warm look at the life and career of the beloved television and film legend who celebrates 80 years in show business this year.

Hail Satan?
Friday, 11/1, 5 pm
With little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humor, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways.

Lake Michigan Monster
Friday, 11/1, 7:30 pm
What began as a simple case of man versus beast soon turns into a rabbit hole of mysterious unknowns and Lovecraftian hijinks. Banned in four lakes!

Eating Up Easter
Saturday, 11/2, 11:30 am
Easter Island is experiencing an economic boon as tourism skyrockets. Yet the indigenous culture and the island’s fragile environment are suffering.

Short Film Program
Saturday, 11/2, 2 pm
Always a DFF favorite! Titles TBA. Filmmakers in attendance.

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
Saturday, 11/2, 5 pm
An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature.

The Field
Saturday, 11/2, 7:30 pm
A long-empty farmstead holds secret worlds, accidentally unlocked by an amateur photographer and his wife. Written by Madisonian Tony Wood. Filmmakers in attendance.

The Infiltrators
Sunday, 11/3, 11:30 am
Based on true events, The Infiltrators offers a unique look at our immigration system. The film is both a suspenseful account of a high-stakes mission and an emotionally charged portrait of visionary youth fighting for their community.

Played Out
Sunday, 11/3, 2 pm
A day in the life of these quintessential Madisonians forms the loose-limbed, shaggy dog structure of James Runde’s deliciously off-handed and self-assured first feature. Filmmakers in attendance.

Echo In The Canyon
Sunday, 11/3, 5:30 pm
Celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound.