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Two Weeks in May Documentary Film





About the Film:

Completed October 2017


In 1972, the country was at war, protesting students were in the streets, bringing a small Minnesota college town to the edge of chaos. This activity is made possible by a grant provided by the Praire Lakes Regional Arts Council from funds appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature.




'Two Weeks in May,' a documentary film, uses historic photos, documents, newspapers, film footage, and recorded interviews to tell the story of the 1972 Vietnam War student protests at Mankato State College in Mankato, Minnesota. Based on the book 'Out of Chaos' by James F. Nickerson.



Film Trailer

Click here to watch the trailer for 'Two Weeks in May.'



 Theme Song

"We'll Take it From Here" written by The Frye, a Mankato band.



Purchase Film

This film is available for purchase





  • New Ulm Film Society Screening (Feb 2018)

New Ulm, Minnesota, U S A


  • History Bits & Bites Film Showing, Blue Earth County Historical Society (Dec 2017)

Mankato, Minnesota, U S A


  • First Fridays Speaker Series Film Screening (Nov 2017)

Mankato, Minnesota, U S A


  • Minnesota State University, Mankato Common Read Keynote (Nov 2017)



 Film Festival Submissions


  • Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival
  • GI Film Festival
  • New Jersey Film Festival (Fall)
  • Northeast Film Festival
  • St. Cloud Film Festival
  • Twin Cities Film Fest
  • Twin Falls SANDWICHES Film Festival 



News & Reviews

New Ulm Journal - Feb 8, 2018


KEYC News 12 - Nov 1, 2017


Oct 15, 2017




Production Notes

Film Hopes to Inspire Students as Change Makers.

“Two Weeks in May” premiered at the Common Read Keynote Event for Minnesota State University, Mankato. The film is based on the 2017 Common Read book, “Out of Chaos,” written by then MSU president James Nickerson which describes how Nickerson dealt with the campus’ intense upheaval during the Vietnam War. 

Director Ryan Neil wanted to tie the end of the film to the student protests that are currently happening in the USA. Neil hopes the similarities spur students everywhere to push for causes they believe in — just like the Minnesota State Mankato students in the 70s did.