Support the online film fest

The coronavirus pandemic has driven the Thunder Bay International Film Festival online, and we urge our readers to follow the festival there.

The festival begins Wednesday and runs through the end of the month. Single-screening tickets cost $10 per feature film or $12 per themed program or short program. A $100 Thunder Pass gives buyers access to all films, themed programs, and Q&A sessions.

The online festival will be different, and, like everything else the virus has taken from us, we’ll miss the event at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center.

But, in some ways, the online portion will be better. Because the films will be streamed, viewers can watch them at their convenience, from anywhere they can get online. Because of that convenience, people may end up watching more films, furthering the festival’s mission of educating the public about our planet’s waterways.

Even when we can gather again in person, festival organizers are likely to keep some sort of online portion, organizers told Lifestyles editor Darby Hinkley.

The festival is a great treasure for Alpena, bringing the world to Northeast Michigan through the fantastic storytelling in the documentary films and bringing Northeast Michigan to the world through a great student film portion.

It’s important we give back to the festival that has given much to this community.



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