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Thunder Bay International Film Festival

Thunder Bay International Film Festival
The Rogers City Theater is the host site for the special evening of selected films in the Thunder Bay International Film Festival. The theme of "sharks" will feature a variety of films from around the world.
  • When Jan 24, 2018 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM (US/Eastern / UTC-500)
  • Where Rogers City Theater
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  • Contact Phone 989-734-2477
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Every year, the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary bring the world of cinema to Alpena.  For five days in January, northeast Michigan is treated to some of the most impressive ocean and Great Lakes films from around the world.   On Wednesday, January 24th, the film festival kicks off at the Rogers City Theater for an evening of selected films starting at 6:00 pm.   The theme of the films scheduled at the Rogers City Theater on Wednesday, January 24th starting at 6:00 pm is "sharks"!   "Let’s face it—sharks have a bad rap. Thanks to sensationalized stories and stereotyping, sharks have become feared rather than revered. They’re labeled as dangerous, indiscriminate killers that eat anything in sight. But in fact, sharks are most often the victims. They’re killed by the millions annually to supply demand for their fins, which are made into soup and eaten as a status symbol. Such demand for fins has led to overfishing and illegal fishing, depleting shark populations worldwide.  Sharks are a critical part of the marine environment and must be protected".  excerpt from World Wildlife Fund, contributing author, Molly Edmunds.

General admission is $6/person.  Tickets may be purchased ahead of time at the Rogers City Library during normal operating hours.  For more information about the films being screened at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena from January 25 through the 28th, please link to the following site at thunderbay.noaa.gov.
Synopsis of Films to be screened at the Rogers City Theater
Earth is Blue:  Your National Marine Sanctuary System (USA) 3 min.
When astronauts first launched toward the moon and looked back at our planet for the first time, they made an unexpected discovery; Earth is Blue.  Working with communities around the country, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is making a difference for the ske of our blue planet.
Stories from the Blue:  A Teacher's Perspective (Michigan) 3 min.
Through his "Shipwreck Alley" class, high school teacher John Caplis connects Alpena High School students directly to TBNMS and through it, to Great Lakes history, ecology, geology, meteorolgy, and more. 
#BiodiversityIs Unity (Michigan) 3 min.
In this award-winning film, Rogers City High School student, DyShauna Rutherford explores the issue of biodiversity focusing on trees, the film examines how they support life. She also highlights how biodiversity unites us together.
Earth is Blue:  Students Care for our Great Lakes (USA) 3 min
Alcona area students joined with the TBNMS to document how the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Initiative works to teach students the importance of keeping the Great Lakes clean.
The Edge (USA) 5 min.
One man's passion for the beauty, power, and ecological importance of the shark takes his photographic art into the night sea where sharks appear in a dramatically different way.  
Borneo Shark Special (Malaysia) 12 min.
Sharks draw divers to Borneo from all over the world.  Although there are areas with healthy populations of Borneo's Sipadan island, sharks worldwide are under siege due to the direct result of the shark fin soup industry.
Stories from the Blue:  Native Legends or Science (USA) 3 min.
Based in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, native Hawaiians have confirmed stories of how they care for the whales and interact with them in their environment.
Little Teeth - Saving the Sharks on Bali (Germany) 7 min.
A surfer on the Indonesian island of Bali is horrified watching sharks being killed for their fins.  He sets up floating pens and convinces fishermen to sell the sharks to him while they are still alive.  Once the stressed sharks have recovered, they are released into a nearby marine park.
Beneath the Surface (Canada) 19 min.
Daniel Ernett becomes the first quadruple amputee to be certified in open water scuba diving.  He decides to dive with sharks.  Daniel's determination inspires the people around him to make a difference.
Stories from the Blue:  Florida Keys Buoy Team (USA) 3 min.
Mooring buoys help protect fragile ecosystems in places like Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary by reducing the need for boats to drop anchor.  Meet the Florida Keys buoy team.
Blue Serengeti (USA) 42 min.
Vaster than the Great Serengeti Parks of Africa, the Pacific Ocean is brimming with its own predators who swim across the ocean to feed on the abundant prey in the waters of the California National Marine Sanctuaries.  Using cutting edge cinematography, see up close this rare insight and perspective of a great white shark.
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