Director / DP: Nick Bentgen
Producer: Lisa Kjerulff
Set against the backdrop of a town’s annual snowmobile race, Northern Light interweaves three captivating stories of recession-era America. As racers and their families pin their hopes to a 500 mile-long test of endurance, small triumphs and giant sacrifices are made along the way.
“There’s a stillness to the filmmaking, coupled with Saunder Jurriaans and Danny Bensi’s truly lovely original score, that lends specific shots — toddlers bundled up like pastel Ewoks on a snowdrift, or a bakery window glowing like a still life in a gallery — a near-heartbreaking melancholy.”
“A stellar doc of real American beauty. The gorgeous trailer for Northern Light is no preparation for the full-on film. There are a thousand movies out right now, but Northern Light is the one not to miss. A strange, singular heartbreaker of a film.”