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5 films in this block • 62 minutes

The Films

Of Wood

  • Year 2022
  • Country United States
  • Runtime 7 min
  • Director Owen Klatte

Family Friendly, Staff Pick

“Of Wood” is a unique stop motion film created over four years and 2,600 hours of filming and progressively carving images into a large round of wood. It examines the role of wood in daily life through the ages and comments on the impact of consumerism on our lives. Creator Owen Klatte teaches animation at the University of Milwaukee, and has worked on projects like The Nightmare before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The Birth of the Modern Snowmobile

  • Year 2023
  • Country United States of America
  • Runtime 7 min
  • Director Nate Sheppard

Filmmaker in Attendance, Family Friendly, Michigan Premiere

A short documentary chronicling the story of Wisconsin inventor Carl Eliason and his essential contributions to the development of the modern snowmobile.

Ora Et Labora

  • Year 2023
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 17 min
  • Director Mark and Jena Burchick

Family Friendly, Michigan Premiere

Inspired by the growth of the American craft beer movement, a group of Catholic monks in Spencer, Massachusetts produces America’s first “Trappist-certified” beer, a historically European tradition that signals growth opportunities for financially insecure monastic communities looking to preserve their unique way of life. “Ora et labora” is Latin for “work and prayer,” and is the motto of the Christian monastic life.

Winter's Eve

  • Year 2024
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 9 min
  • Director Max Lowe

Filmmaker in Attendance, Family Friendly, Staff Pick

Inspired by the plight our planet faces under the threat of climate change, critically-acclaimed musician Kishi Bashi composes his new song “Winter’s Eve” on the tundra of Churchill, Manitoba. In connecting with local community members and wildlife scientists, he reflects on our responsibility to our planet and our descendants.

Saving Our Theatre

  • Year 2023
  • Country United States
  • Runtime 22 min
  • Director Dan Korhonen

Family Friendly, Filmmaker in Attendance

A documentary film exploring the challenges facing three upper Michigan theatre groups and how they plan to survive and provide value to their communities as cultural hubs. Featuring the Vista Theater in Negaunee, the Keweenaw Storytelling Center in Calumet, and the Masonic Theater in Marquette.