The Fresh Coast Film Festival is the first of its kind: a documentary film festival celebrating the outdoor lifestyle, water-rich environment and resilient spirit of the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest. The festival will gather the best in environmental and cultural filmmaking from around the world while creating a venue for, and building a culture of, Great Lakes storytelling.
So let’s just get this out of the way: You won’t be able to see everything. We planned it that way, that’s just how it goes with film festivals like Fresh Coast.
Don’t think of it as going to see a movie. Fresh Coast is more than that. It’s an experience, more along the lines of a music festival with multiple stages going at the same time. It’s as much about the people you meet and the conversations you share as it is the films you see.
The festival is divided into two-hour-long film blocks that run simultaneously at multiple venues in downtown Marquette. These blocks could be a group of themed short films, or a single feature that takes up the whole block. Each block will have an emcee and most likely a few attending filmmakers who will present their films, take questions and give a little additional information about themselves and their projects.
You have a lot of choice, so check out the films, venues and schedule. Be active, engage Fresh Coast. Figure out what you want to see and where you want to be and then enjoy! The only bad choice is not attending the festival!
Finally, part of what makes Fresh Coast special is our casual venues–so enjoy a beverage or a meal while attending and support the fantastic sponsors that help us make Fresh Coast a reality! While we’re at it, thank a volunteer too. FCFF is a 100 percent volunteer driven non-profit organization. Everyone you see that’s associated with the festival is here because we believe in it.
Did you attend the original Fresh Coast? Please send a comment with your experiences and any helpful hints for those attending for the first time. Thanks eh!