Bay College announces fall film series
To kick off the season, the Bay Film Series will focus on recent films about the Upper Peninsula.
“We’re just thrilled to be able to highlight the work of local filmmakers,” says Film Series coordinator Nanci Love. “The Film Series is about celebrating film as an important art form. And to have two films about U. P. topics back-to-back is a first for us.”
On Sept. 12, the documentary “Fifty Lakes, One Island” will be shown. Chicago filmmaker George Desort spent over 11 weeks on Isle Royale in Lake Superior, armed with a camera, as much food as he could carry, and a kayak.
Designated as a National Wilderness area in 1940, Isle Royale is almost 900 square miles and boasts over 45 lakes within its borders. Isle Royale is the National Park Service’s most remote and least visited park.
This is the Escanaba premier of the film, and afterward, George Desort will discuss the making of the film and take questions. A graduate of Columbia College in Chicago, Desort was interested in the ongoing wolf study on the island as well as the delicate balance between the wolf and moose populations.
“I wanted to connect my two loves of filmmaking and Isle Royale,” says Desort.
Next, on Oct. 3, the Film Series will show the “1913 Massacre”, inspired by Woody Guthrie’s song of the same name. The documentary follows musician Arlo Guthrie to Calumet, site of the famous labor massacre, delving into local history, the forces leading up to the tragedy, and the legacy in its wake.
The miners’ strike is known as one of the bitterest of battles in the labor movement, and it resonates with current political debates in the state and country today.
In November, the Film Series will continue with two criticallyacclaimed documentaries. On Nov. 7, “Blackfish” tells the story of performing orcas, the theme parks that house them, their trainers, and the taut and sometimes precarious relationship between them.
Following that, on Nov. 21, “20 Feet from Stardom” tells the untold story of back-up singers.
The series concludes on Dec. 12 with “The Hunt”, a Danish film about a school teacher whose life is turned upside down by an accusation.
All Film Series films are shown at 7 p.m. in the Besse Center Theater at Bay College in Escanaba. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased online (baycollege.edu/tickets). Admission is $5; students with ID pay $2.
For more information about these or other Film Series titles, visit the Bay College website or contact (906) 217-4043.