2018 Sanctuary Cinema Series
January 24 to 28 – 7:00PM
Every year, the sanctuary brings the world of ocean and Great Lakes cinema to Alpena!
February 23 – 7:00PM
A documentary film by Linda Booker about plastic straws and their huge contribution to litter, landfills, and ocean pollution.
March 8 – 7:00PM
A look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems, and native communities.
April 12 – 7:00PM
MSU Night at the Museum: Get Into Your Sanctuary through Film
A selection of short films about science and exploration across the 14 sites within the National Marine Sanctuary System.
May 19 – 7:00PM
Get into Your Sanctuary!
A selection of short films showcasing the recreational opportunities in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
June 22 – 7:00PM
Bag It The Movie – Is Your Life Too Plastic?
An average guy makes a resolution to stop using plastic bags at the grocery store. Little does he know that this simple decision will change his life completely.
July 12 – 7:00PM
Reel Paddling Film Festival
This traveling film festival showcases the world’s best paddling films to audiences in Canada, United States and around the world.
Sunrise Side Film Festival
Alpena’s Sunrise 45 Film Festival is Northeast Michigan’s premiere festival of independent film, music, and art, and the sanctuary visitor center is one venue!
September 13 – 7:00PM
A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to document and reveal how the oceans are changing.
October 12 – 7:00PM
This film tells the story of the Anishinaabek in Northeast Michigan…part of the Three Fires Confederacy – the Odawa, Ojibway, and Potawatomi Nations.
November 23 – 7:00PM
November Requiem tells the story of a small Great Lakes town suffering in the aftermath of a maritime tragedy that claimed the lives of 23 sailors from within the community.
December 13 – 7:00PM
2019 TBIFF Sneak Peek
See a collection of short films and trailers for the 2019 Thunder Bay International Film Festival, happening January 23-27!