News release: ‘The Dinkytown Uprising’ Portrait of a Minnesota ‘Revolutionary’ Generation, Frozen River Fest Screening

Allison Mueller

The  dynamic story of the 40-day, 40-night continuous occupation of Dinkytown, involving thousands of University students at the height of the anti-Vietnam War demonstrations in 1970, now captured in a recent documentary film, “The Dinkytown Uprising,” will get a blue-ribbon screening 10 a..m. Sunday Frozen River fest, with director/cameraman Al Milgrom present as “the oldest ‘emerging’ film director in the world” with his first feature at age 93.

The 95-minute film, shot by U/Minn alum Milgrom and featuring a half-dozen ex-U-student protagonists, now of the “boomer” generation, highlights the unprecedented two-month takeover of the venerable Dinkytown neighborhood in protest both against the war as well as the intended incursion of a Red Barn fast-food franchise to restyle the  historic neighborhood, ending in a “war at home” confrontation ala Berkeley, Madison and Columbia U, all  famous at the time.

The Dinkytown occupation, from March through May 1970, is  believed to have been the longest continuous U.S. protest of its kind at the time.

Film is narrated by playwright/actor Peter Moore, edited by Dan Geiger (deputy editor and co-director, “Fargo”). More than 10 years in the making, these activists and participants in the film recall their roles at as they remember them today as once again ,as gentrification, historic memory and are again in the news. Bob Dylan and Willie Murphy figure prominently in the film’s music.

Some half-dozen participants recall their roles as activist “revolutionaries” in what  is believed the longest continued protest and occupation during the Vietnam War era ,as corporate incursion in the Minneapolis neighborhood conflated with U.S. invasion of Vietnam.

In interviews about their lives today they spell out their destinies in this portrait of the exceptional Seventies generation.

Al Milgrom