In conjunction with the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibition in Lanesboro, running now through Feb. 19, Lanesboro Arts will host two short documentary film events. They will be presented and curated by members of the Frozen River Film Festival and take place at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro on Saturday, Feb. 11.

“Chasing Niagara” begins at 4 p.m., while the “Aqua Adventure Film Set” will start at 7:30 p.m. The pair of screenings will kick off the 2017 Frozen River Film Festival in Winona.

Film-goers are invited to experience the Water/Ways exhibition next door at the Commonweal Theatre, as public viewing hours will extend into the evening on Feb. 11.

“Chasing Niagara” is a 75-minute documentary that follows pro kayaker Rafa Ortiz as he decides to follow his dream to paddle over Niagara Falls. Doing so, he sets in motion an incredible series of events that eventually takes on a life of its own. To prepare for this mission, Rafa enlists the help of world-renowned paddler and filmmaker Rush Sturges and a tight team of their friends. Together they go on a remarkable three-year journey from the rain forest rivers of Mexico to the towering waterfalls of the U.S. Northwest.

“I wanted to make a film that was a big story,” Sturges said. “That was my goal from the beginning, but it certainly didn’t turn out like the story I set out to create, especially since I had a hero ending in mind.”

The “Aqua Adventure Film Set” is a 91-minute set of seven water-related, short-length films. Highlighting journeys and sports, as well as spiritual and cultural stories, while also demonstrating a certain level of stewardship, difficulty and/or adventure, these water-themed films are sure to activate both body and mind.

Tickets for each screening event are $7 or $5 for Lanesboro Arts members (The Frozen River Film Festival 2017 Big Muddy Pass will also be honored). Tickets are available online at, at Lanesboro Arts Gallery, by calling 507-467-2446, and at the St. Mane Theatre box office one hour prior to the screening on the evening of the event.

The Frozen River Film Festival takes place from Feb. 15 through Feb. 19, in Winona and offers documentary films and programming that engage, educate and activate individuals and communities to become involved in the world.