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Northwoods Film Festival Coming To Woodruff In August

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A person with ties to the Northwoods is bringing a film festival to the Northwoods this summer.

Tuesday, organizers announced plans for the Northwoods Film Festival this August.

Bess Donoghue works in independent film in New York, but has been a frequent visitor to Boulder Junction.

Via Skype, Donoghue says the need is there in the Northwoods..

"I've always enjoyed the Northwoods community and going to see fjlms with my family. It was always one of our favorite pastimes. I currently work in the independent film industry working with a variety of independent films, regional film festivals, organizations. I just saw this need to bring some of the films I see all the time in New York or other larger metropolitan areas and bring them to audiences in the Northwoods..."

Four independent films will be shown at Lakeland Cinema 6 in Woodruff on August 16 and 17. two types of films Donoghue would like to bring include a documentary on the life of Mr. Rogers, another documentary on the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

She says it's critical to pick the right films...

"...We're hoping to screen four feature films so we're starting to consider what might be great titles audiences might want to see. We're always open to hearing suggestions what people might be interested in. Films they might have heard about but aren't sure they might be coming to the theater their way. So we're going to be programming, fundraising, and tryto get the word out about this festival...."

She says many of the films they would like to bring often aren't seen in the Midwest.

Donoghue says the town chairs of Minocqua and Woodruff, along with the Mincoqua Chamber of Commerce have been very supportive.

There's a website to explore more about the festival at northwoodsfilmfestival. org

Skype audio courtesy WJFW.

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