You and the Thing You Love

6 films in this block • 64 minutes

The Films

The Trifecta

  • Year 2020
  • Runtime 3 min

Subject in Attendance, Filmmaker in Attendance

Twelve hours to chase three things I love.

Gretchen Metsa and the Arrowhead Ultra

  • Year 2020
  • Runtime 10 min
  • Director Carrie and Tim Highman

Filmmaker in Attendance

Gretchen Metsa is a northern Minnesotan woman who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was 19. After almost giving up running when she found managing her blood sugar while training too tricky, she recalls a life-changing moment when she looked at her daughter, also diagnosed with Type 1, and realized her example spoke volumes about what they’re capable of despite their disease.

Weird Waves Season 1: Great Lakes Surf

  • Year 2020
  • Runtime 13 min

What is a lake surfer? Are they different from you and I? Join host Dylan Graves on his quest to the “FREEZING GNARLS” of Duluth, Minnesota to find answers. Dylan links up with lake surfing specialist Burton Hathaway as they connect with the rest of the surfing community in the Great Lakes to experience the biggest winter storm of the season.

The No Service Program

  • Year 2021
  • Runtime 8 min
  • Director Trent Lutzke

Subject in Attendance, Filmmaker in Attendance, Adult Language

A BMX combo platter of salty Keweenaw and spicy Puerto Rican spots from Houghton-area rider/filmer Trent Lutzke and The Sampson House. Edited for length and compiled from the Sunday bikes “No Service” edit and the Puerto Rico segment of the DVD “Program.”


  • Year 2020
  • Country Iceland
  • Runtime 17 min
  • Director Chris Burkard

Elli Thor is an Icelandic photographer, surfer, and former kayaker. A decade ago Elli nearly drowned under a waterfall while kayaking a challenging Icelandic river. The near death experience became a catalyst for personal growth and his professional career. After walking away from kayaking, a newfound passion for surfing and the birth of his daughter Unnur gave him a new perspective worth living for.

You And The Thing You Love

  • Year 2021
  • Runtime 11 min
  • Director Joey Santore

Adult Language

A decade ago, Nick Mullins was one of the most promising skateboarders to come from the Midwest. Then, overnight it all changed. Shot by two strangers on weekends, across three states over two years. This is a story of pain, grit, fight, uncertainty, fear, desperation, and most importantly — love.