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Alpena high school students preview films from upcoming international film festival

(Photo Courtesy/Mike Beiermeister) Volunteers from Huron Pines Americorp. the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, and Friends of Thunder Bay have a discussion with Alpena High School Freshmen on Tuesday afternoon.

Alpena, Mich. — The 2019 Thunder Bay International Film Festival begins Wednesday night on the road at Alcona High School.

Tuesday means one last day of previews for local students in the area. Students at Alpena High School got the chance to have a sneak peek of some of the movies coming to the 7th annual film fest. A discussion took place after viewing a few of the selections.

“It made me really think about our actions and what I can do to help prevent these things from continuing,” said Freshman Emma Allen.

Students, volunteers, and festival coordinators talked about environmental issues facing our Oceans and Great Lakes.
The freshmen that attended the afternoon session had a few favorite films. They also took away some important messages that the films portrayed.

“It’s interesting to see how sharks are treated, and how they can be treated better,” said Freshman Ande Fischer. “They are not just these vicious animals that we see, they are actually are beautiful creatures, and they have a life too.”

“There were a couple standouts that really made you think about what we do to ecosystems and how it effects other species,” said Freshman Sawyer Haugerude.

This was the last round of previews for the film fest. Over 1,000 students got a first look thanks to the Friends of Thunder Bay, volunteers from Huron Pines Americorp, and volunteers from the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Intiative.

The film fest kicks off Wednesday in Alcona. Thursday, the film fest travels up to Rogers City then back to Alpena on Friday through Sunday.

More information on films and tickets for the festival can be found at