For Anishinaabe elder, Jim Merhar, of Coleraine Minnesota, “Standing Alone” means many things besides his Ojibwe name. He has followed a path from being a country musician playing at the Duluth Armory with Johnny Cash, to being elected tribal chairman for the off reservation White Earth band members. He continues the traditional seasonal life cycle of the Anishinaabe from processing wild rice in the Fall to maple sugaring in the Spring. This intimate documentary portrait reveals Jim’s perseverance, humor, spiritual commitment, and connection to the land that he passes on to future generations.
Jim collaborated with Northland film maker Ariane Norrgard and her Emmy award winning film advisor, Lorraine Norrgard, to create a work of art for others to enjoy that encapsulates “a life worth living.” The film was completed over the last two years with the help of editor, Jacob Swanson and Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.
Don’t miss the film premiere at the Lake Superior Film Festival within the “Long Form Documentary Shorts” category and check out the festival schedule here: http://ds-ff.com/lineup.html
Q & A to follow the film.
Local bartender Chaz Latson will be creating a specialty cocktail with alcoholic and non-alcoholic options made with Jim’s own maple syrup at the Zeitgeist Restaurant next to Zinema 2 theater. Enjoy the taste of the film as you watch and take in the cinematic process of “Standing Alone.”
This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to appropriations from The McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Legislature’s general and arts and cultural heritage funds.