Polka Time is a zippy cultural documentary about the Gibbon Polka Fest in tiny rural Gibbon, Minnesota. join the throngs for a rousing romp through the ballrooms, twirly skirts, and a passel of concertina virtuosos.
I shot this documentary in July of 2001 and the Polka Fest was definitely on its way out. It had been at the Gibbon Ballroom for 30+ years and it was coming to the end of an era. But for 5 days on 3 dance floors surrounded by thousands of polka lovers, we roamed around with our little Canon G1s and talked to folks about why they love this event so much. The result, 2 years later, is Polka Time. I hope you enjoy it!