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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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

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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.

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