Valdi Stefanson alerted us to this this morning… a NEW filem from 1972 about a man trying to make it from Minnesota to Moscow on Moto-ski’s! Perhaps we need to all get together for a screening?
Here’s the official press release:
Arctic Crime Caper Premieres at Minnesota Film Festival
The Minnesota-made documentary “Wild Bill’s Run” has been selected to show at the 2012 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
Minneapolis, MN – “Wild Bill’s Run,” a feature-length documentary directed by Minnesota filmmaker Mike Scholtz will have its world premiere at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF) on April 19 at 7pm.
The film tells the story of Willow River, Minnesota native Bill Cooper. During the winters of 1972 and 1973, Cooper led a crew of adventurers on a grueling expedition across the Arctic ice. During some of the darkest days of the Cold War, their goal was to snowmobile from Minnesota to Moscow and around the world. But they didn’t quite make it.
After the failed expedition returned home, Cooper allegedly turned to a life of crime. Accused of drug smuggling and bank robbery, Cooper was named one of America’s Ten Most Wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service. But he was never caught, disappearing under mysterious circumstances.
“Bill Cooper was the sort of larger-than-life character you can’t help but admire,” says director Mike Scholtz. “I think this story pretty definitively proves that truth is stranger than fiction. That’s why I love rediscovering little-known Minnesota stories and sharing them with an audience. You can’t make this stuff up.”
Scholtz is a filmmaker from Wrenshall, Minnesota. “Wild Bill’s Run” is his first feature-length film. He also helps program the Free Range Film Festival, which takes place annually during the last weekend of July in a barn south of Wrenshall.
MSPIFF runs April 12 – May 3 at the St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Over three weeks, the Festival will present some 300 narrative, documentary, and short films to an expected audience of more than 45,000. After three decades, MSPIFF is the largest, most anticipated film event in the Upper Midwest.