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Lure of the North | Finland MN

Presented by Jonathan Chapman | JCP in partnership with The Great Northern Festival.

A short film highlighting the passion and intrigue surrounding the winter sport of dog sledding.

The film profiles Blake and Jennifer Freking, a musher family from Finland, Minnesota who care for 60+ purebred Siberian Huskies. With over 20 years of working with the breed, they have each competed in numerous long distance dog sled races such as the Iditarod, Yukon Quest, and John Beargrease Marathon. The film explores the challenges of living and raising a family off-grid in the snowiest region of Minnesota and captures the Frekings’ devotion to the sport, spirit of adventure, and commitment to the well being of their huskies.

Film Contributors:

Blake, Jennifer, Elena, & Nicole Freking
The Great Northern Festival
Make It. MSP.
Saint Paul Saints
Produced & Directed - JCP
Joseph McMahon - Editor
Tzvetelina Pramatarov  - Producer
Jonathan Chapman - Director of Photography
Patrick Meehan - Cinematography & Drone
Justin Silvis - Camera Assistant
Caitlin Rae Hargarten - Illustrator
Sam Thompson - Animatior
Sam Bohlken - Art Directior
Seth Bohlken - Art Directior
Ian Simpson - Story Development
John Fontana - Location Sound Mixer
Chris Joye - Music Composer
Dmitri Belichenko - Post Production Sound Designer
Jessica Zerby - Associate Producer

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