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

Graveyard of the Great Lakes:
A Shipwreck Hunter’s Quest to Discover the Past

Documentary Feature, United States, 2015, 50 mins, Color

Audience Choice Award - Best Documentary Feature

Graveyard of the Great Lakes will be preceded by a short documentary.  Together the two films will run 65 minutes.

About the Film

Great Lakes historians say up to 10,000 shipwrecks are at the bottom. 74-year-old shipwreck hunter David Trotter has spent half his life hunting for them, exploring and telling their stories. This film is about three of the many shipwrecks he has found on Lake Huron. You’ll learn about the life-and-death struggle aboard for the sailors, the heroic connection to the past, and the story of a lone survivor.

Great Lakes connection:

“It’s about shipwrecks found in Lake Huron by a shipwreck hunter from Michigan.”

Cast & Crew:

Director: Eric Seals
Writer: Eric Seals
Producer: Kathy Kieliszewski

Director’s Bio:

A photojournalist for the Detroit Free Press, Eric Seals has covered many assignments in the U.S and around the world. In 2008 Seals was given a new challenge: make the transition from telling stories with still cameras to doing the same with video. He has been recognized for his video storytelling with the 2012 & 2016 Mich. Press Photographer Association's "Multimedia Photographer of the Year", a 2016 national Edward R. Murrow & national Webby Award & nine Michigan Emmys. Graveyard of the Great Lakes is his feature documentary debut.


2016 Freep Film Festival (Detroit, MI); 2016 Myrtle Beach International Film Festival (SC) 1st Runner Up, Best Documentary; 2016 Glass City Film Festival (Toledo, OH) Best Cinematography; Montreal CineFest 2016 (Montreal, QC), Best Documentary.

Boat Builder

Trailer: Graveyard of the Great Lakes: A Shipwreck Hunter’s Quest to Discover the Past

Director: Lloyd Walton

Documentary Short, Canada, 2015, 15 mins, English

On a quiet tributary of the Georgian Bay we see the step-by-step processes, trials, and tribulations of Stan Hunter building a classic 23-foot wooden boat from scratch. It's a unique industry here with craftsmen displaying the skill, diligence, and intricacies of building and repairing classic wooden boats. (The film chronicles the building of a classic wooden boat and shows other boats and boat builders living on the Muskoka watershed, a tributary of the Georgian Bay. Many of the boats built here also ply the waters of the Great Lakes.)

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Saturday, September 17, 10am
Soo Theatre

Not rated
Documentary Feature
50 mins
Country of Origin: United States

Check out the trailer

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