Fall Movies Are Back at The Soo Theatre!

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October 17, 2016—Soo Film Festival, Inc., in association with Soo Theatre Project, Inc., is bringing movies downtown on Fridays and Saturdays from October 21 to November 19. We’ve already been using the big screen and sound equipment donated last year by Carmike Cinemas. This year we’re installing side speakers for an improved movie-going experience.

Here’s the schedule of this fall’s movies at the Soo Theatre:

October 21-22
Soo Restaurant Week
The Breakfast Club and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
October 28
Downtown Trick or Treat
Zoombies at the Haunted Soo Theatre, with the Zombie Walk for Autism, a Downtown Trick or Treat event
October 29
NEA Big Read Event
The Raven (1935) and Tales of Terror, sponsored in part by the Superior District Library as part of the NEA Big Read Event
November 4-5 The Martian and WALL-E
November 11-12 Captain America: Civil War and The Jungle Book (2016)
November 18-19 Mary Poppins and Thelma and Louise

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This week (October 17-23­) is Restaurant Week in Sault Ste Marie, so why not do dinner and a movie Friday and Saturday (Oct 21 and 22) with The Breakfast Club and dessert with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Take advantage of the eleven participating restaurants. Check out the menus and details at the Sault Restaurant Week web page. You’re sure to find something scrumdidilyumptious!

Show times for The Breakfast Club are Friday night, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday night, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (starring the late, great Gene Wilder) will be shown one time only as matinée Saturday afternoon, October 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and may be purchased at the door. The Soo Theatre is located at 534 Ashmun St.

Yes, we do have concession! Popcorn and a selection of candy and soft drinks are available. And yes, we do take credit and debit cards.

The most up-to-date news about Fall Movies at the Soo Theatre is online. Find it on Facebook at facebook.com/SooFilmFestival and on Twitter at twitter.com/SooFilmFest. What films do you want to see? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

See you at the movies!


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Soo Film Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and host film and allied arts festivals in the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Soo Film Festival, Inc. seeks to showcase the work of independent and emerging filmmakers, especially from the Great Lakes of North America, while bringing movies back to downtown Sault Ste. Marie and the historic Soo Theatre. Our Mission: Great Lakes, Great Movies!

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Audience Choice Awards for the 2016 Soo Film Festival

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September 20, 2016—They came, they saw, they voted!

We are pleased to announce the Audience Choice Awards for the 2016 Soo Film Festival.

By audience acclaim, the winning films are:

Best Narrative Feature
Scratch, directed by Maninder Chana
Runner-up: Bear with Us, directed by William J. Stribling

Best Narrative Short (under 15 minutes)
Breaking Circles, directed by Thomas Butcher
Runner-up: My Friend, directed by Sean Murphy

Best Narrative Short (15 minutes and over)
Waiting for Wiig, directed by Steven Wiig
Runner-up: Zero, directed by David Victori

Best Documentary Feature
Graveyard of the Great Lakes: A Shipwreck Hunter’s Quest to Discover the Past, directed by Eric Seals
Runner-up: UP a River, directed by Kristin L. Ojaniemi

Best Documentary Short
Predator / Prey: The Fight for Isle Royale Wolves, directed by Brian Kaufman
Runner-up: Striking a Chord: Instruments of Healing, directed by Susan Rockefeller

Best Animation
Shades of Gray, directed by Alexandra Averyanova
Runner-up: Lila, directed by Carlos Lascano

Best Music Video
The Life We Had (Chad Fontaine), directed by Zoran Maslic
Runner-Up: Singing through the Storm, directed by Johanna Mateo

Best Student Narrative
In Search Of, directed by Paul Dombrovskis
Runner-up: Nestor Talbot, directed by Craig Erpelding

Best Student Documentary
The 1%: Crisis in the Great Lakes, directed by Griffin Olis
Runner-up: Together Is Home, directed by Adam Gualtieri

Best Student Animation
Touché, directed by Jennifer D. Hudson

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Canada’s Talent on Display at 2016 Soo Film Festival

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Three features and several shorts from Canada are among the films selected for the 2016 Soo Film Festival.

Scratch follows a rookie armoured truck guard caught between her co-workers’ plot to rob their own truck and greedy gangsters desperate to grab the loot. The filmmakers hail from Windsor and Toronto. Scratch will screen Saturday, September 17, at 9:30pm.

Three teens cope with boredom by testing the limits of their experience while spending the summer in cottage country on the shores of Lake Superior in Sleeping Giant. Director and co-writer Andrew Cividino was raised in Dundas, Ontario, and attended Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts. This is his feature debut. Sleeping Giant will screen Saturday, September 17, at 4:30 pm.

In The Pineville Heist a high school teen stumbles into the aftermath of a bank robbery gone wrong and finds himself locked inside his school trying to keep himself and his teacher alive as one of the psychotic robbers hunts them down. Director Lee Chambers is originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. This is his feature debut. The Pineville Heist will screen Saturday, September 17, at 7pm. A Q&A with the filmmakers is scheduled for after the screening.

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On the shorts side of things, Lloyd Walton’s “Boat Builder” chronicles the building of a classic wooden boat in Muskoka, a tributary of the Georgian Bay. Zoran Maslic’s music video for singer-songwriter Chad Fontaine’s “The Life We Had” was shot in Toronto. “Normie” writer/director Daniel Ira Couchie grew up on the north shore of Lake Superior. Kyle Martellacci, director of “Candy Skin,” hails from Ottawa, Ontario. The director of “Pow,” Doug Lewis, is a student at Canadore College in North Bay, Ontario. Anders Gatten made “Onslaught of the Plant People” in Oakville, Ontario for his studies in Sheridan College’s Bachelor of Film and Television program. All the way from Vancouver, British Columbia is Paul Dombrovskis’ “In Search Of.”

Two filmmakers from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario are returning to the festival with documentary shorts. Michael Gingras has “An Interview with Jim McCarty of the Yardbirds,” while Adam Gualtieri brings “Together Is Home.” Adam received the Audience Award for his documentary short “A Place Like Home” at the 2015 Soo Film Festival.

“Our neighbors continue to be a big part of the festival and it is great to see the wide range of films coming from Canada,” said festival vice president Jason Markstrom.

The 2016 Soo Film Festival is September 16-18 at the historic Soo Theatre in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The schedule, festival guide, and tickets are available at soofilmfestival.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Soo Theatre office at 534 Ashmun Street.

Soo Film Festival, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and host film and allied arts festivals in the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Soo Film Festival, Inc. seeks to showcase the work of independent and emerging filmmakers from the Great Lakes of North America while bringing movies back to downtown Sault Ste. Marie and the historic Soo Theatre. Our Mission: Great Lakes, Great Movies!

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Soo Film Festival Coming to the Soo Theatre September 16-18

2016 Soo Film Festival poster image 11x17The third edition of the Soo Film Festival takes place September 16-18, 2016 at the Soo Theatre. A full weekend of features and shorts from around the world and especially the Great Lakes is waiting for cinema fans of all stripes.

The selected narrative features were all shot around the Great Lakes: Bear with Us in Pennsylvania; Robot Heart in Michigan; Scratch, The Pineville Heist, and Sleeping Giant in Ontario, Canada.

The short submissions were truly a global affair. Films came from as far away as Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

The Soo Theatre has been a source of inspiration for more than one person. Former Sault resident Martin Sweeney submitted his short “CI: A TEDD Talkumentary.”

“…inspired to pursue a film career by the movies I saw at the Red and Blue Theaters, I felt it was my duty and obligation to submit my short film to the festival. I’ve been lucky enough to have carved out a successful career in Hollywood as a screenwriter and now live in San Francisco where I split my time between filmmaking and commercial production.”

All films in every category are eligible for an Audience Award. Judging takes place during the festival. Previous audience favorites like Black Gold (formerly known as America Is Still the Place) and Superior are now finding a wider audience as they move into release on video and iTunes. Black Gold’s Mike Colter can soon be seen as the hero in the Netflix original series “Luke Cage” based the Marvel comic.

A full list of the movies and the schedule are available on the festival website, soofilmfestival.org. Other events and guests will be announced soon.

Tickets are on sale online at soofilmfestival.org or at the Soo Theatre office located at 534 Ashmun Street. Ticket prices are $7 General Admission (per block), $5 Seniors and Students (per block); $20 Daily Pass (admission to all blocks on a single day); $50 Festival Pass (admission to all films and shorts programs, all days).

The most up-to-date festival news is online. Find the festival on Facebook at facebook.com/SooFilmFestival and on Twitter at twitter.com/SooFilmFest.

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