Xenos was recently featured in the Portland Film Festival and was nominated for an Upper Midwest Emmy Award. The film was funded by an individual artist grant awarded to Dana Johnson by Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC). The project involved more than 30 artists, including the Prairie Lotus Traditional Hmong Dance Troupe from Walnut Grove. The entire film was shot over the course of two days in Appleton, Minnesota.
In the film, a group of aliens come to a rural town and are greeted with hostility by some of the local residents. The film provokes important questions about being a newcomer in a small town, protecting a community's identity and traditions, and the masks we wear to conceal our inner identity.
A discussion with Dana Johnson will follow two showings of the 10 minute film. Johnson is the Senior Producer of Pioneer Public Television’s award winning Postcards program. The discussion will be lead by Lauren Carlson, a Dawson Minnesota based writer and poet who recently has been awarded an emerging artist grant from SMAC.
The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served. The event is being sponsored by Pioneer Public Television, the SMSU Theater Department and SMAC. For more information, contact Nicole Zempel, Pioneer Public TV Community Relations representative at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (320) 212-3945
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