Soo Film Festival Coming September 12-17; Adds Venue

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We’ve added a new venue and more days to the Festival!

The fourth Soo Film Festival takes place September 12-17, 2017 in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, at the Soo Theatre and, for the first time, Bayliss Public Library. Six days of features and shorts from the Great Lakes and the rest of the globe make up this year’s festival schedule.

Narrative features come from as near as Iron Mountain, Michigan, and as far as Australia. Robert Vornkahl returned to where he grew up to make Nowhere, Michigan, a tale of a man on the run for his life. A thriller in the grindhouse tradition, Shotgun comes from Down Under to headline the Friday Night Fright section.

Documentary subjects cover varied aspects of Michigan. There is poetry and performance in Stone Circle; outdoor adventure in The Michigan Ice Film; and a controversial police unit in Detroit Under STRESS. Human trafficking is brought to light in Stuck in Traffic, Modern-Day Slavery In Michigan. A discussion panel will follow that screening.

Sunday features a segment of Native American films, some featuring members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, and a Q&A panel afterward. Short film segments span a wide variety of genres. Animation, music video, narrative, and documentary are all on display. Featured segments include student work on Saturday, as well as a showcase of short films from around the world on Sunday.

All films in every category are eligible for an Audience Award. Judging takes place during the festival.

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

Tickets will be on sale September 1 online at 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). Bayliss Public Library screenings are free. Beginning September 15 tickets will only be available at the door.

The most up-to-date festival news is online. Find the festival on Facebook at and Twitter at

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Soo Film Festival – September 12-17, 2017
The Historic Soo Theatre and Bayliss Public Library
Downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
P.O. Box 1596, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 – (906) 248-5947 or (906) 632-1930 – –


Soo Film Festival Presents The Wizard of Oz

October 7, 2015

Soo Film Festival, Inc., in association with Soo Theatre Project, Inc., is bringing movies downtown. This effort is helped by the tremendous generosity of Carmike Cinemas who have given the theatre a permanent screen and sound equipment that will improve the movie-going experience.

A limited number of films will play this year, with a regular schedule to debut in the spring. Weather is a limiting factor due to Soo Theatre’s need for a more robust heating system. With heat and community support movies will be able to run year-round.

The first film will be the last film to play before Soo Theatre closed in 1998: The Wizard of Oz. October 16 and 17 will see two evening and one matinee showing of the MGM classic. Tickets will be available online or at the theatre on the day of the show.

Show times are Friday, October 16 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 17 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and may be purchased online at, or at the Soo Theatre box office. The box office will be open at 5 p.m. on Friday and at noon and 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Soo Film Festival’s Facebook page and website will have the schedule of upcoming films soon. Suggestions for films to show are welcome at the Festival’s Facebook page.

The 2015 Soo Film Festival was a great success for independent films and filmmakers. One of the official selections, Superior, directed by Edd Benda, is now on a road trip through the U.P. and elsewhere in Michigan, starting in Sault Ste. Marie at Lake Superior State University. Planning is already underway for next year’s festival, which will be held September 16-18, 2016.

Halloween Events: Don’t forget to stop in for Medieval Madness at the Haunted Soo Theatre during Downtown Trick or Treating on Friday, October 30 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Admission is $3 per person. Come early before the free popcorn runs out! And later that evening, join the U.P. Paranormal Research Society for the first-ever ghost hunt of the Soo Theatre. Limited to 30 people, tickets are going fast. For more information on either of these two Halloween events, call the Soo Theatre at (906) 632-1930.

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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.

And for the latest festival news, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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

Soo Film Festival Announces 2015 Line-Up

August 24, 2015

Soo Film Festival has announced the line-up for the 2015 festival, to be held September 11-13 at the historic Soo Theatre in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.  This year’s festival includes many award-winning narrative and documentary features, music videos, animation, and short films with an emphasis on Great Lakes films and filmmakers. Entry was open worldwide and the festival programming will feature some international submissions from 15 countries.

“This year we were almost overwhelmed by the number of submissions but impressed again by the quality, diversity, and talent we saw. We are excited for everyone to see what the festival has to offer this year,” said festival founder and president Taylor Brugman.

“We are still a young festival. We grew this year and are already thinking ahead to our next phase. There is more independent film than we can fit into three days and we look forward to other ways we can share that,” continued Brugman.

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

Tickets will go on sale on Monday, August 31.  At that time, tickets can be purchased online at, or in person at the Soo Theatre office located at 534 Ashmun Street.

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