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Ice Ball

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.