OAKFOLK FILMS: WHO
WE ARE, AND WHAT WE'RE DOING:
Oakfolk Films was formed
by a small group of social-change filmmakers in order to tell
the stories of the people who came together to challenge the
reroute of Highway 55, and of the continued efforts to save
Coldwater Spring. Among us, we have spent decades working in
media activism, political and neighborhood empowerment, and
as community and media artists and writers.
Our goal is to produce a well-researched and well-crafted film
that tells this story of Highway 55 and Coldwater Spring. We
plan to make a film with the potential to be shown theatrically,
on public television, or in educational and community settings.
Our intention is that the film be of service, both as a tool
for social change organizing as well
as a map for understanding history, individual acts of courage,
and relationships to the land, all in an effort to inform and
help to shape future actions.
Built around documentary footage and interviews, we hope to
preserve and communicate some of the many events, stories and
insights that have been a part of this movement. We intend to
frame these efforts within a larger historical, political, and
cultural context, including the history of Coldwater Spring,
the history of the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota community, the
history of city planning in Minneapolis, the anti-roads movement,
and various social and environmental justice movements. We also
intend to examine the media coverage, as well as the police
and governmental responses to those who opposed the reroute.
We have been collecting
photos, video, articles and research for this project over the
past few months. During the weekend of January 26 and 27, and
over the next several months, we will dialogue with activists
and supporters who have been involved in this people’s movement.
EVENT THIS WEEKEND:
We respectfully invite you to participate in an outdoor storytelling
circle and trail walk to help kick off this production, and
to help create a five minute short piece that will be used to
generate further support for this film. (NOTE: We will be
videotaping this event. If you do not want to appear on video,
please let us know -- we will respect your wishes)
* WHAT WOULD YOU
LIKE OTHER PEOPLE TO KNOW?
* WHAT DO YOU WISH OTHER PEOPLE HAD BEEN ABLE TO SEE DURING
THE COURSE OF THESE EVENTS?
* WHAT WAS IT THAT MOVED YOU TO GET INVOLVED?
(Are you willing to be interviewed to get the word out?)
We had individual video interviews for January 26 and the morning
of January 27. These were the first of many conversations we
will be having during the coming year, through which we hope
to document the stories, voices, and perspectives of the many
and different people who have come together to work on a common
If you're interested in sharing your story with us in the future,
please let us know.
We welcome your thoughts,
suggestions, and stories at any time, now or in the future.
You can reach us at
or call: Annie Follett (612) 825-3218
Betsy Sohn (612) 825-7916