WSU graduate Alisha Scott has made it her goal to volunteer with the Frozen River Film Festival every year.
She said being involved makes her feel that she is part of something big in Winona.
After graduating, Scott moved home to the Twin Cities. But the two-hour drive does not stop her from helping FRFF out in any way she can. Scott has volunteered for tech positions, ushering, food service and has driven festival guests down from the cities.
Last year when Oliver and Jennifer Diaz, who were featured in the film “Hot Coffee,” needed a ride from the Minneapolis airport, Scott jumped at the chance to pick them up.
“The drive down with them was a blast. We talked about everything and anything – except what their film was about. They had to keep me in suspense until I could watch it myself,” Scott said.
Over the course of the festival, Scott was able to connect with Oliver and Jennifer on a personal level. She said discussing the film’s making and central issues with those directly involved was a fascinating experience.
“My favorite aspect of being involved with FRFF is meeting so many wonderful, kind, open-minded, and gentle-hearted people,” said Scott.
Every person involved has a unique story, and Scott loves discovering what passions and adventures individuals are seeking.
The festival covers a wide variety of film topics and brings people together from all walks of life.
“Each person could find at least one, if not multiple, films to spark his or her interests,” Scott said. “There are so many fantastic works of art to choose from.”
To volunteer, visit frff.org or contact festival director Crystal Hegge at email@example.com