August 10, 2009

8th Annual Square Lake Film & Music Festival

Before summer officially comes to a close in Minnesota, there's one last outdoor film gathering worth drawing your attention to. This Saturday, Aug. 15, the 8th Annual Square Lake Film & Music Festival will take place in Square Lake County Park, near Stillwater. This outdoor arts event celebrates local music and experimental film from the always dynamic Twin Cities arts community.

This year, more than 40 locally made short films will be featured in between live music acts by local performers including The Bad Plus, Roma di Luna, Charlie Parr, Zebulon Pike, and Aby Wolf. The films are screened in competition, and are will be judged by a jury comprised of Shawn Otto (screenwriter of House of Sand and Fog), Jeff Stonehouse and Trace Beaulieu of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Gayle Knutson (local doc director) and Tom Schroeder, animation professor at MCAD. The films will be
shown in an indoor theater during the 30-minute stage transition times between musical performances on the outdoor stage. Once it is dark the films will be shown outdoors on a 16' x 27' screen, and a specially commissioned film score for The Adventures of Prince Achmed will be unveiled in a live performance by the International Novelty Gamelan ensemble.

Here are the pertinent details...


The Square Lake Festival is held just a short distance away from Square Lake County Park, boasting "the finest beach in the metro area". The address of the festival is 13359 Partridge Rd. No, Stillwater, MN 55082, and NOT inside of Square Lake Park. The festival is near to (.5 mile), but not inside the county park.

10:00 AM Festival bike ride departs from HUB bike COOP and Sibley Bike Depot.
1:30 PM Festival gate opens
2:00-2:45 PM Aby Wolf
2:45-3:15 PM Local Film Showcase
3:15-4:00 PM Orange Mighty Trio
4:00-4:30 PM 48 HR Film Project Showcase
4:30-5:15 PM Charlie Parr
5:15-5:45 PM Local films
5:45-6:30 PM Zebulon Pike
6:30-7:00 PM Local films
7:00-7:45 PM Roma di Luna
7:45-8:15 PM Local films
8:15-9:00 PM The Bad Plus Set I
9:00-9:15 PM Set Break/Films
9:15-10:00 PM The Bad Plus Set II
10:00-10:30 PM Local Film Showcase
10:30-11:15 PM International Novelty Gamelan film score
11:30- whenever Night Owl films

As of last week, only about 100 of the 400 tickets remained. Online tickets can still be purchased here through Thursday for $20, and any remaining tickets can be bought at the door for $30. Also, festival director Paul Creager is rewarding people who bike to the festival with $5 tickets.

This is a great local arts endeavor and if you're looking for something unique to do this weekend it could be well worth your time to head out to Square Lake...


  1. "The event has reached capacity, and all tickets have sold out for the 2009 Square Lake Festival. No additional tickets will be sold at the door." Good for them, bad for me. I was looking forward to the ride and the activities...oh well.

  2. Wow, I guess you can never underestimate local interest in anything bike-centric. Originally I was not going to be going, but now I'm actually volunteering at the Peace Coffee booth for a few hours in the afternoon. Iced coffee, thankfully, cuz it's gonna be steamy.

  3. Capacity was actually pretty small for this event (400) so I should have known better. Let us know how it is!


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