St. Paul treasure hunt


...on Saturday or Sunday and file (225 words) on Sunday (1/23) night?








"No Time for Cold Feet" is a documentary on the Saint Paul Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt.  For four years filmmakers Jackie Garry (2001 MIFF winner) and Trent Tooley followed fanatic medallion hunters in their quest to find the "Holy Grail of Saint Paul" -- the King Boreas Treasure Medallion.  For twelve grueling days, hunters, aided by a daily clue, brave the harsh winter, digging through ice and snow, skipping school or work to dig all day and foregoing sleep to dig all night in search of the elusive medallion's $10,000 reward.

The documentary will screen at the Bell Auditorium in Minneapolis at the following dates and times:

Saturday, January 22nd - 12:30pm and 3pm

Sunday, January 23rd - 12:30pm and 3pm

Saturday, January 29th - 12:30pm and 3pm

Saturday February 5th - 12:30pm and 3pm

Sunday, February 6th - 12:30pm and 3pm

Tickets are $8.00 for adults.  Seniors and children under 12 - $5.50.

For more information, please see or e-mail [email protected].

Peter S. Scholtes

[email protected]


P.O. Box 300142

Minneapolis, MN 55403

(City Pages street/overnight address:)

401 N. 3rd St. Suite 550

Minneapolis, MN 55401


-- -- -Original Message-- -- -

From: Peter Scholtes

Sent: Sunday, January 23, 2005 11:14 PM

To: Rob Nelson

Subject: No Time for Cold Feet film clip


Sorry this is late Rob. Simon was working on adding memory to my computer today, and it wouldn�t start again for many hours. Hope this reaches you well.

No Time For Cold Feet

Were it not real, the bizarre subculture surrounding the annual winter treasure hunt in St. Paul, Minnesota, would seem lifted from the imagination of some Midwestern satirist--David Lynch or Garrison Keillor on a good day. As it is, the phenomenon requires only documentary directors to make compelling screen comedy, albeit ones patient enough to get to know the participants, and wry enough to keep the silliness of it all in perspective. Cutting every few seconds, and splicing seemingly endless reams of DV footage shot over a span of years, filmmakers Trent Tooley and Jackie Garry pay homage to the 54-year-old local tradition like any TV news team, but also poke serious fun--and even generate some drama. What emerges is a portrait of a community built on obsession, though the film stops just short of framing the event as crazy: Nothing here will offend the St. Paul Pioneer Press, which sponsors the massive hunt, publishes 12 daily clues, offers the $10,000 reward, and hides the medallion-prize somewhere beneath the snow, in one of St. Paul�s parks. But the sweetness of the film never quite overwhelms our impression of the characters� shared mania: We meet snow-diggers who overanalyze clues, outline elaborate conspiracy theories, and mock those more, or less, fanatical than themselves. Really, this could be any insular community, from ice fishermen to punk rockers, except that its pointlessness is far more pointed. � Peter S. Scholtes

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