Cloquet Premiere Set for “Older than America”

March 27, 2008

After more than a year of waiting, residents of northern Minnesota will have an opportunity to see “Older Than America,” the independently-produced feature that was shot in and around Cloquet, Minnesota, and on the nearby Fond du Lac Reservation in late 2006. Three screening are planned on Thursday, April 3. Showings at 5 and 9 p.m. are open to the public and a 7 p.m. screening is reserved for invited guest, presumably locals who worked on the production.

Reservations are needed to attend one of the showings. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the Preniere Theaters at 218-879-8045.

The film has recently screened at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, and at the Women With Vision Film Festival at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

More details are available in a Cloquet Pine Journal article at


Older Than America Trailer Available on YouTube

March 18, 2008

A trailer for Minnesota-produced “Older than America” is now available on YouTube. The film was shot in Cloquet, Minnesota, during November and December, 2006. See my previous “Older” posts at

“Older Than America” Screens at “Women With Vision”

March 5, 2008

Minnesotans will have an opportunity to see “Older than America,” the Minnesota-produced feature, when it opens the Women With Vision Film Festival this weekend. Shot in Cloquet, Minnesota, in November and December 2008, “Older” is being promoted as a suspenseful contemporary drama.

Director Georgina Lightning, producer Christine Walker and actress Tantoo Cardinal are scheduled to appear.

It screens Friday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Walker Art Center. Tickets and information are available by calling 612.375.7600 or visiting

“Older Than America” at South By Southwest Film Festival

February 18, 2008

Minnesota-produced “Older Than America” will screen at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival (March 11-15). It will compete with eight other films in the Narrative Feature competition. The film was shot in and around Cloquet, Minnesota, and the on the nearby Fond du Lac Reservation in November and December of 2006.

Read my previous post about “Older than America” at

Click here for festival screening times for “Older than America.”

“Older Than America” Selected for IFP Rough Cut Program

July 9, 2007

Older than America, the independent feature shot in Cloquet, Minnesota this past fall and winter, was selected to participate in IFP’s prestigious Rough Cut Lab. Each year IFP selects ten documentaries and 10 narrative films to participate in program. To qualify, films by first-time directors must have all or a “substantial amount” of the footage needed to complete their films in the can. Participants receive focused feedback from seasoned independent filmmakers on technical and creative issues related to post-production, including editing, music and sound design. Advice on festival entry, marketing and sales are also provided.

This year’s Lab took place in New York City on June 12-15. Director Georgina Lightning, produce/writer Christina Kenewa Walker and Editor Clayton Condit participated.

More at:

KSTP News Package Features “Older Than America” Footage and Interviews

March 22, 2007

I recently discovered this link to a KSTP TV news package about the recent “Older than America” shoot in Cloquet, Minnesota. It focuses on two young Native American actors, Raven Bellefleur and Noah Kol Balfor, features interviews with director Georgina Lightning and producer Christine K. Walker, and includes a lot of on set footage.

“Older Than America” Wraps

December 13, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio did an extensive report on “Older Than America,” tonight. The feature by MPR’s Bob Kelleher provides extensive background on the films theme. The web version is accompanied by a slide show featuring production shots, portraits of crew members and historical images. Read it at:

The indie production wrapped today.

Extras Needed for “Older than America”

November 30, 2006

“Older than America,” the independent film currently shooting in Cloquet, Minnesota, has put out a call for 800 extras for a scene to be filmed on Sunday, December 3. If you’re interested, be at the Cloquet Forestry Center at 175 University Road in Cloquet by 7 a.m.

The scene will be shot outdoors, so dress appropriately.

For more information, call Dawn Rixmann at 218-591-9662.

For more information about “Older than America,” see my earlier posts.

News Feature on Older Than America

November 27, 2006

The Duluth News Tribune has a feature story on “Older Than America” on its front cover today. Read it at

The independent feature film is in its third week of shooting in the Cloquet, Minnesota, area.

The newspaper site may require you to register.

Film Series, Festival Featured in Regional Papers

September 15, 2007

Yesterday’s edition of the St. Paul Pioneer Press featured an article about a children’s film series sponsored by the Minneapolis Public Library. The series, which is called Childish Films, starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 15, in the Downtown Minneapolis Public Library. Additional films will screen the third Saturday each month. Admission is free. The series will feature classic, foreign and independent films. Read “Innovative film series lets kids get in touch with their inner grown-up” at the Pioneer Press web site.

The Duluth News Tribune filed a report about a film festival held at the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School on the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation. That event focused on racism and stereotyping. Georgina Lightning, director of “Older than America,” an independent feature shot on the Fond du Lac Reservation last year, participated in the event. Read “Race in film: worth discussing at Fond du lac “ at the DNT’s site.