Fresh Coast Free!-Family Friendly

4 films in this block • 95 minutes

Block Description

Join us for Fresh Coast Free, the annual kickoff event for the Fresh Coast Film Festival.

Our free festival kickoff begins at 5 pm with Marquette’s amazing food truck community gathered around a bluegrass concert at the Fresh Coast Basecamp tent at Lower Harbor Park. Fresh Coast Free’s Thursday evening is free to the public and family focused, so bring a blanket to spread out and enjoy the start of something beautiful.

Film screenings and the announcement of this year’s award winners and Making Waves recipients will begin at 7 p.m.

Fresh Coast Free is a rain or shine (or snow? j/k) event! As we celebrate the resilient spirit of the Great Lakes region, we hope you'll join us in all weather conditions. This is who we are.

The Films


  • Year 2022
  • Country United States
  • Runtime 2 min
  • Director Brett Foxwell

Family Friendly, Michigan Premiere

A film made from 12,000 pressed leaves opens up the visual language of the plant kingdom and speculates on what message nature might have for us.

The Conservation Kid

  • Year 2023
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 11 min
  • Director Peter Goetz

Family Friendly, Staff Pick, Michigan Premiere, Representative in Attendance

At age seven, Cash “The Conservation Kid” Daniels began leading cleanups along the Tennessee River in his hometown, Chattanooga. Six years later, Cash continues to make a significant impact on the river’s health by strategically collecting fishing waste and inspiring his peers across the world to protect the environment and all the wildlife he holds dear.

Balancing Act

  • Year 2023
  • Country United States
  • Runtime 16 min
  • Director Nic Genovese

Set in Marquette, Michigan and Virgin, Utah the film follows Brandon Semenuk as he sets out to win his first American Rally Championship while also defending his Red Bull Rampage Title all within one high-stakes week in 2022. It’s a true balancing act of skill, strategy, logistics, and determination.

An Invitation to Wonder: Waubesa Wetlands (WIP)

  • Year 2023
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 66 min
  • Director Ben Albert

Filmmaker in Attendance, Family Friendly, First Time Filmmaker, Work in Progress, Staff Pick, Making Waves Recipient

Guided by the wisdom of his grandfather, a young filmmaker journeys through the mysterious wetland in his grandparent’s backyard. Navigating the challenges of this environment, the film uncovers the life, secrets, and importance of wetlands in a way that must be seen to be believed.