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Frozen River Film Festival at the WAC—WORKSHOP: Lighting for Film

February 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Lighting for Film Workshop

Local film experts Blake Darst and Dr. Danielle Schwartz will lead you through a hands-on workshop that covers the basics of lighting for documentaries, focusing on quality lighting for interviews. You will get the chance to handle basic lighting equipment and learn about affordable “hacks” to adapt lighting you may have at home to create a professional looking interview.


Dr. Danielle B. Schwartz is Assistant Professor of Film Studies and English at Winona State University, where she teaches courses on transnational cinema, teen films, and film production.

She spent five years working across many facets of the film industry, including development, production, and Behind-The-Scenes marketing content on both independent films and mainstream Hollywood productions. One of Danielle’s main goals is giving back to the community, and as such she has instructed youth and adult filmmaking workshops in association with Frozen River Film Festival and Winona State University.

She is currently producing a documentary on the history of the FRFF.

Blake Darst provides video production and technical photography for arts and community organizations and small businesses in SE Minnesota. His multimedia background spans photojournalism and several design agencies in Winona. Along the way, professional video functions came to digital cameras, and Blake’s workflow followed suit. He favors a Blackmagic cinema rig but is eyeing Panasonic’s latest Lumix offerings. Blake served one term on the Frozen River Film Festival board of directors and remains an active friend of the festival. His young family lives in town. They love the Winona Public Library and their cowboy corgi, Annie Oakley.

The WAC is pleased to host screenings for the FRFF on February 5, 6, 10 and 11. For information on screenings and to purchase tickets please visit the FRFF website at


February 6
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Winona Arts Center
228 East 5th Street
Winona, MN 55987 United States
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