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  • Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
  • Sept 16-18, 2016

Final Run: Storms of the Century **FREE**

Documentary Feature, 2004, 60 min, English, U.S., Not rated

About the Film


There have been countless gales since man first ventured onto the Great Lakes. These are the worst.

The 1905 Gales: Lake Superior’s worst shipping season ended in 1905, after killer storms stole nearly 100 lives and over a dozen ships.

The 1913 Storm: wheelsman Ed Kanaby was able to save his crew but was the last man to see several of the ships lost to this storm.

The Armistice Day Storm: Lake Michigan’s worst storm tore through at 126 miles per hour, sinking 3 freighters and beaching a half dozen others.

Black Friday: journey aboard the whaleback steamer Colgate as it sails into Lake Erie’s fury.

The film tells the stories of the 20th century’s worst storms in the Great Lakes through vintage photographs, exclusive interviews with survivors, original music by Dan Hall, and footage of the wreck sites as they look today.

Great Lakes connection:

Stories of storms in the Great Lakes.

Cast & Crew:

Director: Ric Mixter
Producer: Ric Mixter
Screenwriter: Ric Mixter
Original Music: Dan Hall & David O. Norris

Director’s Bio:

Ric Mixter is a Great Lakes diver, private pilot, and creator of documentaries that have found a worldwide audience on PBS, the Vision Network, and Outdoor Channel. He has been featured as an on-camera researcher for the Discovery Channel and History Channel, and is also an award-winning news reporter, working for stations all across Michigan. He created Airworthy Productions in 2000 and continues to produce industrial and fundraiser videos fulltime as a videographer.

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Friday, August 1, 2pm
Soo Theatre

Not rated
Documentary Feature
60 min
Country of Origin: U.S.

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