In the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, a rather unique subculture steeped in craft brewing has been growing since the mid 1990’s. This film explores that story by giving voice to some of the pioneers and newcomers behind the phenomenon they have come to call, “The Rising Tide”.
Thursday, December 1
Each year we are proud to air fan favorites from the Fresh Coast Film Festival held annually here in Marquette. Each film we air is hand picked specifically with you, our viewers, in mind. They highlight subjects that are important to the people of the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin, such as local history, environmental issues, and humanitarian efforts being made.
This year, we are presenting the following films on Thursday, December 1 starting at 9/8c on WNMU-TV PBS (channel 13.1). Scroll down for the evening's broadcast schedule as well as more information on each film.
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Block 1: Local Films
The Treaty of 1837 forced the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe to cede 13 million acres of land to the United States government. Despite this catastrophic loss of land, they refused to give up their right to hunt, fish, and gather, as without it, they could not survive. Wenji-Bimaadiziyaang | From Where We Get Life tells the story of the political and legal fight to have treaty rights honored after 150 years of persecution for trying to exercise their rights and provide sustenance for the Mille Lacs community.
Like the landscape in much of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the Ewen-Trout Creek school district is a quintessential rural setting, dotted with the weathered structures of once-bustling family farms. One of these buildings is anything but typical; it’s where a decades-long dynasty of championship-caliber high school basketball teams began. This multi-part docu-series explores how this western U.P. high school with fewer than two dozen students per grade has built a basketball tradition that has captured the eyes of sportswriters and the dreams of young ballplayers for generations — and it all began in a unique gymnasium affectionately known as “The Barn.”
Every Summer and Winter the Michigan DNR puts on Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW), a weekend-long workshop bringing women in from around the Midwest for learning, teaching, and community in the outdoors. Located on the beautiful campus of Bay Cliff Health Camp, BOW teaches many of the skills needed to be active and confident in the outdoors. The workshop provides opportunities in three general program areas: shooting and hunting, fishing, and eco-sports, such as kayaking, camping, or orienteering.
Block 2: Films From Afar
For Dan Baker, passion came at a cost. Out of a deep connection with nature, he built a life working with wood. His dedication to his craft, his home state of Michigan, and to all that the land provides is novel. At old age, a journey is just beginning. He’s a Sawyer now. His sustainable, environmentally conscious, small-town approach to the sawmill makes his work one of a kind and he largely does it alone. While many get old of age, they slow down and fail to try new things thinking that it’s simply too late in life to shake things up. Dan’s young heart keeps him going every day, every time of year. His message to the world, “That which grows, never grows old.”
An exploration of natural silence and human existence within it.
The “Charreria” or Mexican Rodeo, while often misunderstood, is really the roots of American Rodeo. This documentary explores the history, culture, and impact that Mexican Rodeo has as a tradition.