New independent film festival coming to Woodruff in AugustSubmitted: 04/09/2019
Story By Ben Meyer

New independent film festival coming to Woodruff in August
WOODRUFF - A new film festival in Woodruff will seek to show people films they might otherwise miss in the Northwoods.

On Tuesday, organizers announced early plans for the Northwoods Film Festival in August.

The two-day festival is being organized by Bess Donoghue. She works in the independent film industry in New York, but she's been visiting the Boulder Junction area for years.

"I just saw this need to bring some of these films that I see all the time in New York or in other larger metropolitan areas, and bring them to audiences in the Northwoods," Donoghue said.

Four films will be shown at Lakeland Cinema 6 in Woodruff on Aug. 16 and 17.

"I think it's going to be successful if people come enjoy films in a theater that they might not normally have seen, and then it inspires them to continue engaging more with film than they ever have before," Donoghue said.

Organizers are working to pick the lineup now, and Donoghue is working with local leaders to plan the event.

"The Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to support the Northwoods Film Festival in its inaugural year and hopes audiences will enjoy exciting, new movies with their local community as part of their summer holidays," said Krystal Westfahl, the chamber's executive director, in a press release.

"We are excited to welcome the Northwoods Film Festival and hope all the community members will enjoy the experience," said Woodruff Town Chair Mike Timmons.

You can learn more or donate to the event by visiting the Northwoods Film Festival website.

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