About This Shorts Program
Michigan's state motto is “Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice” or
“If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.” All of the short documentaries in this program illustrate the beauty of Michigan and its natural resources, especially water.
Experience the Porcupine Mountains
Documentary Short, United States, 2017, 11 min, Color
An experiential glimpse into the beauty and sounds of the Porcupine Mountains, Michigan's largest State Park.
Great Lakes Connection: The film was photographed entirely in the Porcupine Mountains, near Lake Superior.
This is Rich Brauer's third Soo Film Festival as a director.
In 2014, our very first year, we screened his feature films, Dogman and Dogman 2. He returned in 2015 with Deadrise.
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Crossing Lake Huron
Documentary Short, United States, 2017, 26 min, Color
Three men from the group “Stand Up for Great Lakes” put their bodies to the
test and paddle board more than 90 miles across Lake Huron for something they believe in.
Great Lakes Connection: The film is
about three men attempting to cross Lake Huron from the Thunder Bay
National Marine Sanctuary to Tobermorey, Ontario on nothing but stand-up
More about “Stand Up for Great Lakes”
Nick Nummerdor, Andrew J. Morgan
Documentary Short, United States, 2017, 19 min, Color
Throughout the 1970s brothers Jerry and Jeff Kellogg of Muskegon, Michigan were a force to be reckoned with in the sport of marathon canoe racing.
Great Lakes Connection: The film is about a legendary Michigan canoe racer and filmed entirely in Michigan.
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The Big Five Dive
Documentary Short, United States, 2018, 22 min, Color
A group of women challenge themselves to scuba dive one historic site in each of the five Great Lakes within the span of 24 hours.
Great Lakes Connection: The film is about a group of female scuba divers who attempted to dive a shipwreck in each of the five Great Lakes within 24 hours in the summer of 2016. The director and some of the crew are originally from Alpena, MI and most of the divers are from the Great Lakes region.