JDIFF WINTER FILM SERIES KICKS OFF JANUARY 25 WITH ADAPTING TO DIVE

The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival’s annual Winter Film Series kicks off on Thursday, January 25 with a screening of Adapting to Dive.

The 65-minute documentary, which screened at JDIFF 2023, tells the story of filmmaker David Marsh, whose son dies of a drug overdose days before he leaves to make a documentary with nonprofit Diveheart.

He decides to go anyway – and doesn’t tell anyone about his loss. The divers teach him lessons about not just adapting, but healing. The film is rated GA.

The free screening will be held at 7 p.m. at the Multicultural Family Center, 1157 Central Ave. in Dubuque. Tinamarie Hernandez, the Executive Director of Diveheart, and Jim Elliott, President and Founder of Diveheart, will be in attendance to host a Q&A. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

View the trailer for Adapting to Dive here.

The Winter Film Series continues with screenings in February and March: 

Thursday, February 22: The Exchange in White America: Kaukauna & King 50 Years Later
Multicultural Family Center, 1157 Central Ave

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Screening begins at 7 p.m.
Free; no ticket required.

The 61-minute documentary, which screened at JDIFF 2023, tells the story of an exchange of Black and White high school students in Wisconsin in 1966. The participants lived in each other’s homes, attended classes in each others’ schools and performed the groundbreaking play “In White America” in both cities.

This was the first time some of the Kaukauna students had ever seen Black people in person. This was the first time the Black and White students from Milwaukee had ever lived in a small, all-white town in central Wisconsin.

Don’t miss this interesting story of a part of what director Joanne Williams calls Wisconsin’s “hidden history.” Williams will host a Q&A following the screening.

View the trailer.

Thursday, March 21:A Long Way from Nowhere
Hotel Julien Dubuque, 200 Main St.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Screening begins at 7 p.m.
Free; no ticket required.

The 60-minute documentary, which screened at JDIFF 2023, tells the story of athletes running the Desert Rats Kokopelli, a 150 mile race through the Utah desert at the height of summer. The film examines what motivates athletes to participate in a race like this – to push themselves to, and sometimes beyond, the breaking point. It is rated GA.

View the trailer.

JDIFF’s annual Winter Film Series features a free cause-related film and Q&A opportunity monthly in January, February and March.

The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival has been named one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker Magazine, is recognized as one of the top 100 best reviewed festivals on FilmFreeway, and is consistently named one of the top 50 film festivals worth the submission fee by MovieMaker Magazine.

The 13th annual festival is set for April 24-28, 2024 in downtown Dubuque. For updated information throughout the year, visit JulienFilmFest.com.

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