Sun. Jan 29th, 2023

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Above is a photograph from “The Blue Forest,” by Philip Hamilton, exhibiting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Alcona County Library in Harrisville as a part of the Thunder Bay Worldwide Movie Pageant On the Street.

ALPENA — This occasion is sort of like Shark Week, however higher.

Thunder Bay Worldwide Movie Pageant is Jan. 26 to 30, again in individual this yr at Nice Lakes Maritime Heritage Middle in Alpena.

“Thunder Bay Nationwide Marine Sanctuary brings ocean and Nice Lakes movies from world wide to Northeast Michigan,” a press launch explains. “The five-day competition screens almost 100 movies, starting from two minutes to feature-length. Movie screenings are complemented by social occasions, academic actions, and alternatives to fulfill filmmakers.”

TBIFF is offered in partnership with the Worldwide Ocean Movie Pageant. Along with the occasions at GLMHC in Alpena, movies might be exhibiting in Harrisville on Thursday and in Rogers Metropolis on Monday, Jan. 30.

For the final two years, the competition has been provided just about due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however organizers and filmmakers are excited to be again in individual this yr.

“We’re tremendous excited to be again in individual for the primary time since 2020,” stated Stephanie Gandulla, TBIFF organizer and Thunder Bay Nationwide Marine Sanctuary useful resource safety coordinator. “Regardless that we’ve finished the digital competition for the previous couple of years, one of many important values in having an in-person movie competition is being along with your fellow group members to look at these movies, and study these points, after which focus on them.”

Many filmmakers might be on the competition to current their movies and reply questions.

Quite a lot of the movies pertain to the ocean, however “we do have an important assortment of Nice Lakes movies,” Gandulla stated. “Some movies, you’re not going to have the ability to see anyplace else, aside from the movie competition, in order that’s particular.”

Matters vary from browsing, crusing, scuba diving, shipwrecks, deep sea mining, environmental points, ocean organisms, rescuing whales, and also you may even see a shark or two.

“It truly is a reasonably numerous number of subjects,” Gandulla stated. “And likewise numerous forms of movies.”

She added that there are brief movies, lengthy movies, critical movies, lighter movies, animated movies, basic documentaries, and every part in between.

It’s certain to be each an academic and entertaining expertise.

Gandulla stated all of the movies are new every year on the TBIFF.

“Yearly’s a complete new batch,” she stated. “It’s 100% all-new content material.”

The enjoyable begins at 6 p.m. Thursday with TBIFF On the Street on the Alcona County Library in Harrisville. Thursday movies embody “Planktonium,” “Toxic Ponds,” “The Nice Storm of 1872,” “The Blue Forest,” and “Stranded: A Whale Rescue Story.” That program is $10, or included with the all-access $100 Thunder Move, which will get you into each single session through the competition. If all packages have been paid for individually, it will price $150, so the Thunder Move gives a $50 financial savings for these wishing to attend all periods.

Friday will function a Nice Lakes Gala reception and movies beginning at 6 p.m., for $30 per individual, at GLMHC, 500 W. Fletcher St., Alpena. These movies embody “A.A. Parker: One Ship, Twice Sunk,” “Crusing on Metal,” “The Forest Stands Tall,” “In Too Deep: The True Price of Deep Sea Mining,” and “The Erie State of affairs.”

On Saturday, Jan. 28, the competition continues with varied packages in two theaters at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., for $10 every. Then at 3 p.m., two free packages are provided — Movies from the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sea Grant within the Greats Lakes in Theater 1, and a Filmmaker’s Panel in Theater 2. At 6 p.m., the Sanctuary Soiree begins, for $30 per individual, that includes a reception and the next movies: “Sinkhole MicroAdventure,” “Love for a Lighthouse,” “Underwater Photogrammetry within the Nice Lakes,” “Eight Arms That Unite Us,” “ICEolation,” and “Nice Lakes Untamed: The Large Freeze.”

On Sunday, varied packages are provided in each theaters at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and three p.m., for $10 every, or all included with the Thunder Move.

The in-person occasion concludes with the final TBIFF On the Street program at 6 p.m. on Monday at Rogers Metropolis Theater in Rogers Metropolis, for $10 per individual. That program consists of “Albacore Tuna: The Story of a Fish,” “Nice White Sharks,” “Sharks of the Sea of Cortes: A Misplaced Treasure?”, “Vampires of the Nice Lakes,” and “Closing Run: Storms of the Century.”

For tickets and movie descriptions, go to Should you can’t attend in individual, a digital program might be provided Feb. 1-12, accessible by way of the Thunder Bay Pals web site.

To be taught extra concerning the competition, and listen to from filmmakers, try Monday’s Life web page and on-line at

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