DIY Documentary

In the past few months, Minnesota has hosted PEZCon X, an international PEZ convention; the Free Range Film Festival, screened inside a big barn in the heart of the state’s organic farm country; and the Hungry Cyclist, an Englishman biking across the world for Macmillan Cancer Relief. Chuck Olsen, a highly caffeinated thirty-four-year-old filmmaker who […]

Make Way for Music

It’s not easy to get your hands on a twenty-one-key embaire xylophone from Uganda; to acquire hers, Nichole Smaglick sacrificed a chicken. Through this act, she demonstrated her reverence for both the instrument and the Busoga tribe, giving thanks to and blessing its xylophone-playing ancestors. “When playing the embaire with the group in Uganda, I […]