The Minot Symphony Orchestra will host an exclusive screening of the documentary film, “Route 2 Elsewhere”, Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at Minot State University.
After the 90-minute film, attendees are encouraged to participate in a community discussion with filmmaker Dirk Wierenga and local panelists.
“Route 2 Elsewhere” tells stories of rural America through the lens of a 1,500-mile stretch of U.S. Route 2 from the Strait of Mackinac to Montana’s Sweet Grass Hills, a five-state region that is one of the longest continuous rural areas of the country.
The film takes place during all four seasons. Connective themes are both the connection to place shared by those interviewed, the collective challenges that rural communities currently face to remain relevant, and the deep love of place that their people share – showing that these communities are anything but dying. .
Filmed by a one-person crew, the filmmaker forged relationships with those he met, allowing him to explore the stories of the region in greater depth and capture their stories as he went. of their progress. As the filmmaker got to know the people of the region, he began to recognize his own misconceptions about rural Americans, seeing that their beliefs and livelihoods were anything but black and white. Through this realization, along with conversations with others living in or near population centers, he realized that many Americans lack authentic knowledge about rural areas, in part to because of the increasing ease of highway and air travel, resulting in a complete bypass of these unique parts of the country.
Viewers will learn from community members by sharing how they respond to the challenges facing their communities. The history of this region – past, present, future and connection to the place – is told through the lens of those who live their passions in this part of the country.
Tickets are $15 each and seating will be general admission. Tickets are available at www.minotsymphony.com or www.eventbrite.com. Advanced tickets are encouraged. Call 858-4228 with any questions. Proceeds will go to the Minot Symphony Orchestra.
COVID-19 guidelines as mandated by Minot State University will be followed. Social distancing and masks are not required at this time, but this is subject to change.