Will Steger’s life work grew out of a single log cabin he built after moving to the Minnesotan wilderness at age 25. Reliant on sustainable energy and natural commodities, he formed a community and culture based on the principle of mutuality. Central to Steger’s operation is the lost art of cutting ice for refrigeration. This annual harvest formed a tradition spanning 50 years that became known as the “Ice Ball.” While this old-world technology inevitably became obsolete, its disappearance parallels a concerning loss of social interdependence in modern society. The film portrays human innovation and interconnection that embodies one man’s attempt to move society forward without leaving the past behind.


Ice Ball

2020 AU 14 min
Festival Year: 2020
Types: Documentary, Short, Watch Now
Topic: Global Perspectives, Sustainable Living

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