V’17: OCTOBER 19 – NOVEMBER 2, 2017

Northern Light

V' 13

Northern Light

Nick Bentgen
USA, 2013
Documentaries, 105min, OF

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Northern Light

Nick Bentgen
USA, 2013
Documentaries, 105min, OF

Screenplay: 
Lisa Kjerulff
Nick Bentgen
Sound: 
Juan Aboites
Allison Casey
Mark Phillips
Jeff Seelye
Camera: 
Nick Bentgen
Editor: 
Yoonha Park
Saela Davis
Composer: 
Daniel Bensi
Saunder Jurriaans

Production: 
Tetherball
World Sales: 
Tetherball
Format: 
HDCam
Color

NORTHERN LIGHT, the debut film of Brooklyn-based filmmaker Nick Bentgen, details life lived meagerly in the upper Peninsula of Michigan, where the winters are long, cold, and isolating. The camera observes three families in a small town, struggling to stay afloat. The focal point of the film is the Sault Ste. Marie I-500, an annual snowmobile race that represents more than a weekend attraction – for many, their dreams and desires are wrapped up in this one event, and its cash prize. (...) While the snowmobile race at the center of the film is dramatic and engrossing, encompassing an entire film within itself, it’s the small, quiet glimpses that pull the viewer in, casting a compassionate eye on lives on the margins. But everybody struggles, and on a fundamental level NORTHERN LIGHT is a film we can all relate to. (Craig Hubert)

In the presence of Nick Bentgen.

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