Early Closing for Film Festival

The evening of Thursday, January 25th the Main (Harrisville) branch of the Library will be shutting down the circulation desk, phones and public computers - and turning off the lights! - at 6:00 PM for the Thunder Bay International Film Festival. Please plan accordingly!

The Thunder Bay International Film Festival takes its show on the road to Alcona County Library! Come enjoy these beautiful and groundbreaking films and support the important work of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Tasty refreshments and the library's signature theater popcorn will be provided! Admission is $6.

Thunder Bay International Film Fest on the Road

Films will include:
Stories from the Blue: A Teacher’s Perspective, 3 min
Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
Through his "Shipwreck Alley" class, high school teacher John Caplis connects Alpena High School students directly to Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and through it, to Great Lakes history, ecology, geology, meteorology and more. "The idea that we're exposing two-thirds of every kid who graduates from Alpena High School to Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and its mission and the positive effect it has on the community—I think that's a powerful thing," he says. Experience John's Story from the Blue and learn about the amazing educational collaboration his class has fostered.
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Stories from the Blue: Razor Clam Dig, 3 min
Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
Indigenous tribes like the Quinault Indian Nation have depended on the ocean for millennia. Today, species like the razor clam provide Quinault members with sustenance and income. Watch this short film to hear this Quinault Story from the Blue and to learn how Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary helps support culturally-important ecosystems.
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Solidarity and the Art of Sustainable Lobster Fishing, 5 min
Steve de Neef
Local fisherman in the small village of Punta Allen, Mexico have created a unique sustainable lobster-fishing co-op. The development of special methods and self-regulation ensure they never over-harvest. Such solidarity benefits the community and makes generosity possible when unpredictable freshwater intrusion affects parts of the fishery.
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Blue Ventures, 6 min
Gabriel Diamond
Fisheries conservation and marine protection are a challenge in poor coastal communities; people need to eat and the fish keep getting smaller and fewer. A new model demonstrates that applying traditional knowledge in Madagascar with seasonal closures and market management benefits the fish and the bottom line.
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The Hama Hama Way, 12 min
Treva Wurmfeld
Along the mudflats of the Hama Hama River on the Olympic Peninsula, Adam and Lisa James are among the new generation of oyster farmers that are taking a different approach to raising the prize crustacean.
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High Hopes: The Future of Dungeness Crab, 6 min
Benjamin Drummond & Sara Joy Steele
West Coast fisheries rely heavily on Dungeness crab. As ocean acidification advances, scientists are becoming more concerned with potential impacts to this species. This could threaten not only fishermen’s livelihood but also the whole ecosystem.
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Bluefin, 55 min
John Hopkins
Allowed to grow to maturity, blue fin tuna can reach the age of 30, weigh two tons, and swim like a torpedo. In a visit to Blue Lake, Prince Edward Island, Canada, we find that trying to protect these magnificent creatures is complex. Because we can’t observe their lives we don’t think of tuna as wild animals, and find it way too easy to kill—and eat—them.
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Mindjimendamowin (Blood Memory), 18 min
Mary Ellen Jones
What if you could navigate the waters of your ancestors? What if you could walk the trails of the First People... your people? Mindjimendamowin (Blood Memory) is a young man’s journey to reclaim his Anishinaabek heritage in Northeast Michigan.