Oneota Film Festival 2017

Narrated by Star Wars' Daisy Ridley, the award-winning documentary "The Eagle Huntress" is the first of many documentaries and short films to be aired at the 2017 Oneota Film Festival, March 9-12, on the Luther campus and in downtown Decorah.

Festival-goers are asked to pre-register at: There is no cost to register and the festival is open to the public.

More than 30 films will be shown during the festival, with some featuring filmmaker discussions following their works.

The festival begins at The Elks Lodge in Downtown Decorah, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9, with a music performance by local band, Fruit Mouse, followed by the first Oneota Film Festival film "The Eagle Huntress" at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The festival closing films begin at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 12, in Luther's Valders Hall of Science Room 206 with "Pressure," created by local Decorah High School students, and "Cameraperson," a film by renowned filmmaker Kirsten Johnson, New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute adjunct faculty.

The Oneota Film Festival was founded and is run by a group of representatives from Luther and local film lovers who have formed a non-profit corporation to host the festival. The mission of the festival is to "build and sustain a community of film lovers through screenings and discussions."

This year's festival will focus on themes related to the arts, family, health, sustainability, agriculture, education and the Middle East. The board of directors hopes that through this festival, viewers and filmmakers alike will be inspired to view and discuss compelling issues in today's society.

This will be the eighth year that the Oneota Film Festival has been held in Decorah. Inspired by Luther alumnus Walter Ordway, a world traveler and filmmaker, the Oneota Film Festival board has arranged a weekend of eclectic, artistic films intended to delight a diverse audience.

More information and a full schedule of events is available at:

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