Great Lakes Region

The Thunder Bay International Film Festival held in January sold out for three consecutive nights and had a record number of ticket sales this year. Highlights of this year’s film festival included the premiere of the “The Big Five Dive,” a 28-minute film produced and directed by Alpena native Elizabeth Kaiser documenting a group of women attempting to dive one historic site in each of the five Great Lakes in under 24 hours. The goal of the team was to strengthen and support the female dive community. The event took place on PADI Women’s Dive Day, July 16, 2016.

“Crossing Lake Huron,” produced by northern Michigan filmmaker Corey Adkins also documented a monumental journey, this time involving three paddle boarders. On June 21, 2017, after two years of planning and preparation, three men climbed aboard their individual paddle boards at Alpena’s Misery Bay, and continued paddling until they reached Canada’s Fathom Five National Marine Park, 28 hours later.

“We are so fortunate to be able to bring this caliber of programming to Alpena and to have such a receptive audience that appreciates this unique opportunity,” said Sanctuary Superintendent Jeff Gray. “The film festival provides a creative community forum to foster understanding of our connections to the Great Lakes and ocean, and the need to protect these invaluable resources for future generations.”

Plans are already underway for the 2019 Thunder Bay International Film Festival, scheduled for Jan. 23-27.

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