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'Balkowitsch' documentary about conversational North Dakota artist now streaming on Amazon

A portion of proceeds from the doc about photographer of Greta Thunberg will go to the Fargo Theatre

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The Bismarck-made documentary "Balkowitsch" is streaming on Amazon. Special to The Forum
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FARGO — A documentary about controversial Bismarck-based photographer Shane Balkowitsch is now available to rent or buy through Amazon Prime, and a portion of proceeds from this weekend will go to the Fargo Theatre.

“Balkowitsch” follows the portrait artist as he uses historic wet plate techniques on regional subjects, particularly American Indians, as well as historic figures like boxer Evander Holyfield and climate activist Greta Thunberg.

The film was slated to debut in March at the Fargo Film Festival, where it won the Prairie Spirit Award and Honorable Mention, but the event was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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It became available to stream on Amazon Prime on Friday, April 24.

The artist’s photo mural of Thunberg that hung behind the Front Street Taproom in downtown Fargo was taken down recently after it had been vandalized earlier this month . The photo was intended to hang in Bismarck but the plan was met with controversy and Balkowitsch brought it to Fargo instead .

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Bismarck photographer Shane Balkowitsch's photo Greta Thunberg was made into a mural tat hung in downtown Fargo before being vandalized. Special to The Forum

The documentary was created by Bismarck filmmakers Gregory DeSaye and Chelsy Ciavarella.

The film is available for digital purchase through Amazon Prime for $12.99 or to rent for $5.99. A portion of the proceeds on Amazon from April 24-26 will be donated to the Fargo Theatre, the filmmakers announced earlier this week.

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Bismarck photographer Shane Balkowitsch's photo Greta Thunberg was made into a mural tat hung in downtown Fargo before being vandalized. Special to The Forum

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