PROJECT:ICE at Soo Film Fest

2015-0903-project-ice-poster-432x640September 3, 2015

It’s rare to get authors and actors to accompany a showing of their award-winning film, but that will be happening at the Soo Film Festival.

On Saturday afternoon, September 12, the Festival will show PROJECT: ICE, a documentary on the history and the culture of ice, ships and people in the Northern Great Lakes. Following the film, which begins at 2 p.m. at the historic Soo Theatre in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, several local contributors to the film, including author and local historian Dr. Bernie Arbic, longtime commercial fisherman Ralph Wilcox, Sault Tribe historian Cecil Pavlat, and co-author of the film, Brian Jaeschke, will join the audience in a question and answer period.

The film has won acclaim for its description of the culture and commerce around winter conditions on the northern Great Lakes. The creation, the beauty, and the hardship of ice are all a part of the story.

To add to the understanding of both the subject of the film, and the actual making of the film, these film participants will be joining the showing and having a conversation with film-goers. It is a rare opportunity.

For more information and to purchase tickets and festival passes online, visit the festival website at You may also purchase tickets and passes in person at the Soo Theatre office located on 534 Ashmun Street or call the Soo Theatre office at (906) 632-1930.

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Special Events For A Difference of Rights Film


July 31, 2014

In conjunction with Soo Film Festival’s screening of the film, A Difference of Rights, several other events are planned on Friday, August 1.

First, at 5pm director and filmmaker, Bill Blanchard, will be displaying his paintings of people and scenes from the film.  The display will be in the Cultural Library in the Sault Tribe Administration Building, across the street from the Soo Theatre.

In all fourteen paintings will be shown. The display will include several paintings that now belong to the Bay Mills Ojibwe History Department who have graciously agreed to lend them for this presentation.  The Bay Mills paintings include four portraits of Bay Mills tribal members that appear in the film and one scene from the film of a view from Mission Hill.

At 7:00 p.m., there will be a reception, also in the Cultural Library, in which Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment will be sharing a taste of Wilcox’s Fish House Whitefish spread, with crackers and vegetables.

At 8:00 p.m. the screening of the film begins at the Soo Theatre, with a Q&A with the filmmaker immediately following.

It is planned that the Cultural Library will also be open on Saturday with the display.

For more information about the film, see the Soo Film Festival website at

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Film Festival Notes

2014-0731-festival-notes-210x288July 31, 2014

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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Food Drive Part of Film Festival Programming

July 29, 2014

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (July 29, 2014)— The first ever Soo Film Festival’s Saturday programming includes a presentation by The Fraternal Order of Cheese of the online cooking show Solid Dudes Kitchen.  Admission is by donation of a non-perishable food item to aid Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank in their effort to collect food for area residents.


The Fraternal Order of Cheese began as a weekly social gathering at Soo Brewing Company and has since grown into an appreciation of food in all forms.  The FOC accepts food bank donations every Monday.

Solid Dudes Kitchen is produced in the Metro Detroit area by Derek Swanson and Dave Graw.  The show began in 2009 and quickly became known for its outrageous recipes and irreverent humor.  Production of a new season is underway now.

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank exists to ensure good food is available to the hungry in our community.  The EUP branch in Sault Ste. Marie serves Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac Counties and distributes 450,000 pounds of food through 85 agencies.

Festival President Taylor Brugman: “This is a great opportunity to see what can be made in Michigan and to help people in our own community.  The Festival would like to see as many people as possible take advantage of it.”

The Fraternal Order of Cheese Presents: Solid Dudes Kitchen will screen Saturday, August 2, at 1:30, in the Soo Theatre in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.  It is recommended for mature audiences only.

Tickets may be purchased on the Festival website,, or at the Soo Theatre.  For tickets by phone call (906) 632-1930.