Minnesota State Community and Technical College instructor Anthony Miltich was among those recognized at the recent Woodstock Film Festival for his work on the film Poustinia.
Miltich, who teaches English and humanities courses on the Fergus Falls campus, is also a musician and composer. He wrote a portion of the soundtrack for the film, which won an award for Best Short Documentary at the renowned film festival in October.
Poustinia tells the story of artist Gendron Jensen, who draws intricate sketches of bones and who lived for nearly two decades in the Grand Rapids area. The documentary was written and directed by Kristian Berg, a long-time friend and former band mate of Miltich, both of whom grew up in Grand Rapids.
Since 2000, the Woodstock Film Festival has taken place each fall in New York’s Hudson Valley region, showcasing independent films, documentaries, concerts and international films. It has been described as one of the top 50 film festivals in the world.
“Among the many lessons of this project is the value of collaboration and relationships in creating films,” Miltich said, “As with the world of teaching and learning, the process and the end result are often joyful and exhilarating.”