The Freeland Film Festival’s Opening Night Film will be “Children of Bal Ashram,” with filmmaker Leonard Morris attending. Morris has been an advocate for children before Congress and internationally. Morris will be available for questions from the audience once the film ends.
The Freeland Film Festival’s Opening Night Film will be “Children of Bal Ashram,” with filmmaker Leonard Morris attending. Morris has been an advocate for children before Congress and internationally. Morris will be available for questions from the audience once the film ends.

   Parked cars line the streets as a sea of people wander from Town Square to the Thrasher Opera House to the American Legion to the Caestecker Public Library.

   There must be another film festival in Green Lake.

   The Freeland Film Festival will bring back stories to inspire to Green Lake Friday through Sunday with the goal of raising awareness for social issues such as conservation, ecosystems, animal trafficking, human trafficking and the environment.

   The festival aims to achieve its goal through films, panels, music, workshops and more.

   According to event coordinator Evelyn Galster, the festival brought between 700 to 1,000 people to the area last year.

   To increase turnout this year, Galster has made a bigger push to market the festival in the area and beyond.

   “It is a full-time job,” Galster said of her marketing efforts. “We have some really incredible people coming and it would be a shame if we didn’t get a good audience because you know, it’s not every day you get these folks here.”

   Some of the big names coming for the festival include actress Jane Seymour, feature-film director Mike Mitchell, federal judge Virginia Kendall and former U.S. Rep. Claudine Schneider, just to name a few.

   Read the full story, including descriptions of a few of the films that will be shown, in the Sept. 12, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.