A special Flyway Film Festival screening! RISKING LIGHT, a new documentary by area filmmaker Dawn Mikkelson
7:00 PM19:00

A special Flyway Film Festival screening! RISKING LIGHT, a new documentary by area filmmaker Dawn Mikkelson


Regular $11

VIP (includes pre-screening reception) $25

Student $7

Tickets at sheldontheatre.org 

After numerous sold-out screenings at film festivals across the nation, area filmmaker Dawn Mikkelson will bring her new documentary, “Risking Light,” home to Red Wing.                 

Mikkelson will be present for a question and answer session after the screening.


In “Risking Light,” Emmy Award-winning director Mikkelson explores the process of forgiveness through individuals who overcome tragedy by channeling their anger and grief into endeavors that make the world a better place.
The film depicts the stories of Mary Johnson, a Minneapolis woman who grieves a murdered son; Debra Hocking, a victim of government-sanctioned genocide in Tasmania; and Kilong Ung, who survived the terror of the Cambodian Khmer Rouge.
Mikkelson worked on the documentary from her office at the Red Wing Innovation Incubator, a co-working space for artists and arts/cultural organizations.
“I’m thrilled to be able to bring ‘Risking Light’ back to Red Wing, where so much of my editing took place,” said Mikkelson. “I’m also thrilled to partner with the Flyway Film Society, as it was the Flyway that drew me to this area originally. The community’s passion for and support of film is one of the reasons I now live here.”
The film premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, California in March. The San Francisco Chronicle named it one of the ten top films in the 229-film festival.
This special Flyway Film Festival screening is the first for the newly-formed Flyway Film Society, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing independent film to the Lake Pepin region. The Society will continue the 11-year tradition of holding the Flyway Film Festival each October, as well as other film events throughout the year.
Mikkelson screened an earlier documentary, “The Red Tail,” at the Flyway in 2009. That film won her a McKnight Foundation Filmmaking Fellowship.
With “Risking Light,” Mikkelson hopes to challenge audiences to examine their own beliefs about forgiveness, especially in what she sees as an increasingly divisive culture.
“When I began this film seven years ago, I was craving inspiration, after working on some films that were pretty dark,” said Mikkelson. “I wondered, what would this world look like if we could learn to forgive one another?
“My hope is that this film begins to answer that question.”
The screening is sponsored by Red Wing Framing & Fine Art Printing.
For more information, please contact info@flywayfilmfestival.org.
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