Oneota Film Festival presents the award-winning "Not Yet Begun to Fight." The film is a compelling story of how a retired Marine colonel, "healed" by Montana fishing waters, shares the experience with a new generation of wounded returning warriors. Director of Photography Justin Lubke will speak to the audience following the film. (Photo by Justin Lubke) <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->
Oneota Film Festival presents the award-winning "Not Yet Begun to Fight." The film is a compelling story of how a retired Marine colonel, "healed" by Montana fishing waters, shares the experience with a new generation of wounded returning warriors. Director of Photography Justin Lubke will speak to the audience following the film. (Photo by Justin Lubke)

The fourth annual Oneota Film Festival will present close to 40 films, including international award winners, as well as panel discussions with filmmakers, specialists and experts, Jan. 18-20 at Luther College.

The 2013 festival showcases several films: "Elemental," the story of three unique individuals confronting ecological issues (Friday, 4 p.m., Valders 206); "Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare" (Saturday, 9 a.m., Valders 206); "Not Yet Begun to Fight", the story of a Vietnam veteran who reaches out to a new generation returning from war (Saturday, 3 p.m. Valders 206); "Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West"(Sunday, 2 p.m. Valders 206); "We're Not Broke," the story of seven Americans who seek justice from corporations (Saturday, 12:30 p.m., Valders 206); and "Where the Yellowstone Goes" a film that follows a 30-day drift-boat journey down the longest undammed river in the lower 48 states (Saturday, 9 a.m., CFL recital hall).

This year's film lineup also includes "A Girl and a Gun" (Saturday, 12:30, Olin 102); "Bones Brigade" (Friday, 7:30 p.m., CFL recital hall); "Into Eternity" (Friday, 4 p.m., CFL recital hall); and "The World Peace Game" (Sunday, 11 a.m., Valders 206), among others.

There is no charge for admission to the films, however participants are encouraged to pre-register online at oneotafilmfestival.com/register/. All seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Although registration is required for admission to screenings, it does not guarantee admission. Registration will also be held the day of the event at a table in the lobby of Valders Hall of Science on the Luther campus. Registrants receive a wristband, which is needed to get into the film showings.

The films are intended to generate discussion of local initiatives related to critical issues, and highlight an overall look at the community's potential for developing and maintaining a more independent and sustainable local economy. Festival organizers are planning 10-15 sets of films and panel discussions with filmmakers and other specialists and experts.



Reception and dance

A filmmakers' reception for Oneota Film Festival members will take place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at T-Bock's Sports Bar and Grill, followed by a concert featuring the dynamic Tani Diakite and the Afrofunkstars at 8 p.m. at the Hotel Winneshiek Steyer Opera House in Decorah. The concert is open to the public with a $10 admission fee at the door. Cost is $8 for Oneota Film Festival members. Oneota Film Festival is a nonprofit corporation formed by local film enthusiasts, representatives of Luther College and Decorah Public Library. Oneota Film Festival is hosted by Luther College and sponsored by the Oneota Community Food Cooperative and other area businesses and members.

Additional information about the film festival is available at oneotafilmfestival.org.