Micah and Jenna Kvidt, Cory Hepola, and Erik Osberg

The ‘Rural by Choice’ docuseries created by Otter Tail Lakes Country Association, Kvidt Creative, and Cory Hepola will be showcased at the Twin Cities Film Festival (TCFF). TCFF announced its complete lineup of more than 100 films that will run October 21-30.

TCFF is a nationally recognized non-profit arts organization that hosts this annual event to celebrate independent storytelling through film arts. The 2021 program marks the 12th anniversary and will showcase Minnesota-connected productions, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) voices, female filmmakers, and a “Changemaker Series” spotlight on mental wellness projects.

‘Rural by Choice’ is a 7-part video series that examines why people choose to live in rural places through the eyes of WCCO Radio host and Perham, native, Cory Hepola. Each episode is its own unique story, centered around topics that are woven into the fabric of rural living—farming and agriculture, fishing and outdoor recreation, local food and brews, arts and culture, supportive schools, and a sense of community. While fun and entertaining, ‘Rural by Choice’ does not shy away from more thoughtful conversations about diversity, the ‘rural vs. urban divide,’ and perceptions of life in rural places.

Writer, co-producer, and host of the series, Cory Hepola, shared his enthusiasm for ‘Rural by Choice’ being showcased at the 2021 festival. Directors of the series, Micah and Jenna Kvidt of Kvidt Creative, were also excited to have their work featured among top-notch artists at the festival. “

Rural by Choice will show in person at the Showplace ICON Theatre and online October 24 at 4 pm. Tickets to the festival are available at www.twincitiesfilmfest.org.