Posted at 10:47 AM on January 24, 2007
by Euan Kerr
An article in the Rochester Post Bulletin last week reminds me of the cinematic inequality of this great nation. Even though they have been out in major markets for months "The Queen" and "The Last King of Scotland" only arrived in the city last weekend.
Folks in the Twin Cities complain that it can take weeks for some films to get here, but they don't know the frustration of their neighbors a little more than an hour down the road.
And let's not get even started about Duluth and other communities around the state who have to wait until DVD's of many films roll up in the video store or one of the home delivery services before they can get a chance to see them.
Of course there are opportunities out there unique to small towns. This weekend Winona holds the Frozen River Film Festival, featuring films and speakers with an environmental bent. Actually the program promises a focus on "Adventure, Environment, Extreme Sports, World Culture," which is quite a mixture. The FRFF launches tomorrow and runs for four days.