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Showtime: Join Great Lakes Now at the Thunder Bay International Film Festival

Showtime: Join Great Lakes Now at the Thunder Bay International Film Festival
January 21, 2020 Sandra Svoboda

Three Great Lakes Now works will be among the dozens of films screened at the Thunder Bay International Film Festival this week.

Held in Alpena at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the five-day festival includes films about the Great Lakes and the world’s oceans. Some of them are produced by local students. Saturday’s lineup will include screenings of work by middle and high schoolers.

Great Lakes Now pieces chosen for the 2020 festival include:

The Forever Chemicals” – a look at PFAS contamination in a west Michigan community. It screens at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena.

Wrecks Within Reach” – a journey by glass-bottomed boat and scuba tank to see shipwrecks in Lake Huron as well as a visit to a class where students learn about marine archaeology. This plays at the festival opening reception at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena. Host Ward Detwiler will attend.

Sinkhole Science” – a piece about Lake Huron’s sinkholes and the research about them. The two showings for this segment are at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Rogers City Theater in Rogers City and at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena.

The event is hosted by the Friends of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, in partnership with the International Ocean Film Festival.

The full festival schedule is HERE.

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