Come to the sanctuary’s latest in the Sanctuary Cinema Series! November 22, 1912: The schooner Rouse Simmons departs upper Michigan ferrying 5,000 Christmas trees to Chicago. The ship disappears, and for 60 years there’s no trace of it. In 1971 a scuba diver discovers the legendary, lost “Christmas Tree Ship.” (2013, 50 minutes, no rating) [...]
Come to the sanctuary’s latest in the Sanctuary Cinema Series! Narrated by maritime author Frederick Stonehouse, this documentary film explores Great Lakes lighthouse hauntings at Whitefish Point, Big Bay Point, Old Presque Isle, and Seul Choix Point! (1999 & 2003 film by Don Hermanson, 60 minutes, no rating) Free and open to the public.
Adventure enthusiasts Gary and Ely Irving are back with a new season, highlighting four locations in Northern Michigan that are a must to check off on your outdoor sports bucket list. From snorkeling 19th-century shipwrecks to cross-country skiing in the dead of winter, these trips take you through the four seasons of Michigan and give you a guided [...]
Come to the sanctuary’s latest in the Sanctuary Cinema Series! Lake Huron, one of the five parts comprising the Great Lakes, has been hit with numerous exotic species invasions over the last century. Each invasion changes the ecosystem in ways we can’t predict. Fish populations have collapsed, the entire food web completely altered, and a [...]
Big Brownie: The O’fish’al Story follows the forty year run of the Michigan Brown Trout Festival, the country’s longest running blue water festival. The documentary explores the obstacles the festival, the fishermen, and the community overcome to keep a festival running whose namesake is on the brink of extinction.
As part of the Sanctuary Cinema Series, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is hosting Paddling Film Festival – 2019 World Tour! The Paddling Film Festival is an international adventure film tour presenting the world’s best paddling films of the year – whitewater, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP, action and lifestyle – in more than 120 cities [...]
Unsalted: A Great Lakes Experience is a 56-minute film documenting four decades of lake surfing on the Great Lakes, directed by Vince Deur. The film begins with videotape footage Deur recorded in November 1990, when he nearly drowned while surfing Lake Superior near Whitefish Point. Described as “one part obsession, one part addiction,” this film [...]
An old, damaged energy pipeline threatens the future of the Great Lakes. The LINE 5 series follows the people fighting to prevent a catastrophic oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac. This third installment looks closely at the legal and political battle surrounding the issue. Spectacular cinematography and in-depth interviews paint an intimate portrait of this freshwater crisis. With Sen. [...]
Join us in the sanctuary visitor center theater for an MSU Night at the Museum & Sanctuary Cinema Event! Enjoy a selection of short films about science and exploration across the 14 sites within the National Marine Sanctuary System. Exhibits will also be open! When you look at our planet from space, one thing is [...]
Come to the sanctuary’s latest in the Sanctuary Cinema Series! Filmmaker’s Sisbro Studios have delighted family audiences for years with their ocean and Great Lakes themed films. Enjoy an hour and a half of family matinee selections back-to-back starting at 2:00 pm. Selection includes three shorts and two full length features. Free and open to [...]