In This Place

Four stories. Many centuries. Shared history.

From First Nation to First Generation, follow the unique origin and immigration stories of Northern Minnesotans as they explore their family histories while creating their own impact on our region.

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About the Four Stories Featured in In This Place

Supper Club

Produced by Matthew Koshmrl; Chisolm

Co-owners Paul David Marturano and Rob Russo of the Iron Range Supper Club Valentini’s reflect on their contrasting immigrant heritage from Italy and Vietnam, and the roles that their mothers have played in their culinary careers. This documentary explores the passing of immigrant traditions from one generation to the next and the evolution of identity.

We Come from the Stars

Produced by Missy Whiteman; Northeast Minnesota

Missy Whiteman (Northern Arapaho and Kickapoo), explores and connects Dakota, Ojibwe, and Arapaho creation stories, significant sacred sites, and star constellations in this documentary that reflects on where we’ve been to see where we are going. Her story weaves together interviews with elders and wisdom keepers, poetry, music, and star maps to explore these origin stories that are rooted in Minnesotan land.

New Horizons

Produced by Mike Scholtz; Duluth

Meet UMD professor Arshia Khan, who is developing robots to help dementia patients and who recently received a major grant to develop a Home of the Future for dementia patients. A Muslim immigrant from India, Khan has experienced great opportunities to do important work that has the potential to make an international impact on support for people with dementia, while simultaneously experiencing racial and religious discrimination in Minnesota along with her partner. This piece will follow her professional and personal journey as she works on her next innovation.

Unweaving

Produced by Megan McGarvey; Duluth

Follow artist Tia Keo as she goes on a twelve-month journey to discover who she is through an artistic project, Unweaving. During this time Keo used the methodical process of weaving to connect to her Finnish grandmother who fled to the US from the "Great Purge" in Russia. Tia meditates on how ancestral experiences impact descendants, and how knowing the stories of our elders can inform people on who they are in the present.


About the Producers

About the Producer Panelists:

Matthew Koshmrl; Supper Club

Koshmrl is a filmmaker, cinematographer, and professor based out of the Iron Range of Minnesota. His work as a director and cinematographer has screened at The Jeonju International Film Festival, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, DocumentaMadrid, and True/False Film Festival. He personally focuses on cinema-vérité documentary films that explore the evolution of tradition, individual and national identity, and unseen processes.

Missy Whiteman; We Come from the Stars

Missy Whiteman (Northern Arapaho and Kickapoo) is, an Emmy nominated writer, director, producer, and multimedia artist. Whiteman understands her work to be a voice for her ancestors, their stories, and ancestral wisdom. Her late father Ernest Whiteman influenced her work with the gift of artistic vision and practice of art as the ceremony.

Mike Scholtz; New Horizons

Mike Scholtz is a documentary filmmaker who lives in the woods of northern Minnesota. His films—which have screened at SXSW, Slamdance and SF DocFest—include Wild Bill's Run, Wicker Kittens, and Riplist. In 2020, he produced the Emmy-nominated documentary This Town for WDSE•WRPT. Like most of his films, This Town told surprising stories about interesting people living in small towns throughout our region. In his free time, he helps run the Free Range Film Festival in a barn outside of Wrenshall, Minnesota.

Megan McGarvey; Unweaving

Megan McGarvey is a young Midwestern documentarian, currently residing in the Twin Ports. She has directed both long and short-form documentaries, including the film, Outsourced: The New Wisconsin Idea, which was an official selection at the 2019 Catalyst Content Film Festival. With every project, Megan looks to honor the spirit of her subject's story. She is thrilled to be working with Moving Lives Minnesota to showcase the diverse stories that make up this beautiful state.


In This Place is a part of the Moving Lives Minnesota project, an initiative by the Minnesota Public Television Association and is supported by Minnesota's Arts and Culture Heritage Fund. More at www.movinglivesmn.org.