Soo Film Festival Starts Today


The 2018 Soo Film Festival kicks off its fifth year at 6:30 at the Bayliss Public Library, a Superior District Library. Festival programming continues at the library on Thursday before moving to Soo Theatre for the weekend. Screenings at Bayliss are free. Tickets for Soo Theatre screenings are available online now and will be sold only at the door beginning Friday. The full list of films, schedule, festival guide, and ticket information are available at The web page for each block of films links to a trailer for each film except for the very shortest films, so feel free to take advantage of what’s on the web to guide your choices.

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Soo Film Festival is open to filmmakers worldwide but emphasizes and showcases work from the Great Lakes region. In all, 19 countries are represented this year. Features came from as far away as Romania and as close as Sault Ste. Marie itself. In Octav a man returns to his family home after decades of absence, triggering a rewind to the life-changing events of his youth. Local filmmaker Fran Blackwood brings an updated look and all new music to a familiar tale in Nosferatu Re-Animated. Friday Night Frights headliner Interlaced delivers its scares from the Pacific Northwest. Philadelphia is the backdrop for Hanh, Solo as one woman faces the pitfalls of dating. Future comes from Detroit and tells a tale of time travel and junk food.

Documentary subjects include Michigan youth and a famed musician. Me, the “Other” features Washtenaw County students with diverse backgrounds and issues overcoming adversity with inspiring hope, courage, and strength. Up to Snuff tells the story of W.G. Snuffy Walden who overcame the excesses of rock and roll to find success as one of the most beloved composers in television history.

Sunday features a segment of short films highlighting the natural resources of Michigan. Sponsored by Bird’s Eye Outfitters of Sault Ste. Marie and entitled If You Seek a Pleasant Peninsula, the program presents the beauty of the state’s waterways and forests and the importance of protecting them. It screens at 3:30 at Soo Theatre.

Short film segments span a wide variety of genres. Animation, music video, narrative, and documentary are all on display. Student work is especially highlighted and could be a first look at the filmmakers of tomorrow.

All films in every category are eligible for an Audience Award. Judging takes place during the festival. Festivities attendees are encouraged to vote for their favorites.

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, especially from the Great Lakes of North America. Our Mission: Great Lakes, Great Movies!

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Get Your Tickets and Passes!

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It’s August 31 and tickets are now on sale!

You may purchase tickets online from the TICKETS page at, or in person at the Soo Theatre office located on 534 Ashmun Street. For more information, call the Soo Theatre office at (906) 632-1930. Festival passes and daily passes are also available. See the TICKETS page for details.

If you haven’t planned your fest yet, you can get an overview of the lineup in the Festival Guide  (available HERE). For more details, trailers, and links to film websites and Facebook pages, check out the FILMS page.

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The Festival is just around the corner! See you September 11-13!

Canada Well Represented at 2015 Soo Film Festival


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August 27, 2015

Two features and several shorts from Canada are among the films selected for the 2015 Soo Film Festival and all have Ontario connections.

All Hallows Eve: October 30th is a horror film set in the woods. Director Ryan Byrne and most of the cast are from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. It will screen Sunday, September 13, at 10:00pm.

The award-winning The Road to Tophet is a twisty crime drama concerning cross-border drug trade. The film was set and shot in Northern Ontario with Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario actor Matt Connors. It will screen Sunday, September 13, at 7:30pm. Director Steve Schmidt is expected to attend.

The shorts “A Place Like Home,” “My Annoying Friend,” “Driving to Nowhere,” and “here we go,” were all made in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. “Two Wolves” director Jonathan Elliot was raised on the Six Nations reserve in Southern Ontario. “Son in the Barbershop” director Nathan Douglas grew up near Lake Ontario.

“The mission of the festival is to showcase Great Lakes film and to have so much of it come from right here is very exciting,” said festival vice president Jason Markstrom.

The 2015 Soo Film Festival is September 11-13 at the historic Soo Theatre in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The schedule and festival guide are available at

Tickets are on sale August 31 and available online at, at the Soo Theatre office at 534 Ashmun Street, or by phone at 906-632-1930.

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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Film Festival Notes

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (July 31, 2014)—Some of the filmmakers will be in attendance to talk about their films. Friday night, Bill Blanchard will answer questions about A Difference of Rights. Traverse City’s Rich Brauer will be on hand to discuss all things Dogman Friday and Saturday night. There will also be a Q&A following the shorts presentation Saturday afternoon.

The Soo Film Festival coincides with Sault Ste. Marie’s Sidewalk Sales and Ashmun Street will be closed to traffic from 9am to 6pm. The closest option for parking will be behind the theatre in the lots along Oaka Street and in the parking garage. Use the walkway next to the Avery Center to get to Ashmun Street. Festival goers will also be able to park on Court Street and walk through the Sault Tribe Administration Building to get to Ashmun Street. (See a map showing the closest parking to the Soo Theatre.)

Soo Film Festival tickets and passes may be purchased online at or at the Soo Theatre. For tickets by phone call (906) 632-1930. The Film Festival Guide and the schedule will also be available at the Soo Theatre, or online in full color.

Festival President Taylor Brugman: “We want everyone to come experience all of downtown, not just the Film Festival. Sidewalk sales, the car show, Downtown Days, there is something for everyone. The Soo Film Festival is just one more reason to see what the city has to offer.”

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