2K Restorations of Three Documentaries by John Hanson and Rob Nilsson,Companion Pieces to Their Film Northern Lights.
John Hanson and Rob Nilsson, co-directors of Cannes Camera dOr winner Northern Lights and fellow members of San Franciscos Cine Manifest film collective, collaborated on this remarkable series of documentaries underwritten by the North Dakota Humanities Council and the North Dakota AFL-CIO. In Prairie Fire, 97-year-old ex-organizer and poet Henry Martinson recounts the 1916 birth of the Socialist Nonpartisan Leaguealso the subject of Northern Lightshis narrative accompanied by images shot by Nilssons own grandfather, Frithjof Holmboe. Rebel Earthfinds Martinson, accompanied by a younger farmer, revisiting the scenes of his life, seeking out the spot of his Divide County homestead. Survivor, finished the year before Martinsons death, focuses on the biography of its subject, found in a funny and expansive mood. A gorgeously-shot work of documentary-as-historical corrective, which finds hope for the future through excavating a radical past.
Filmmaker Rob Nilsson in person on the 19th and 20th!