ALPENA, Mich. (AP) – A film festival focusing on ocean and Great Lakes issues returns to Michigan’s northeast Lower Peninsula.

The five-day Thunder Bay International Film Festival is gearing up for the third installment in Alpena. It kicks off Wednesday at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center.

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More than 30 films are expected to be shown, from two minutes long to feature-length. The screenings will be augmented by a workshop and opportunities to meet filmmakers.
Films include those from the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival.

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The festival is presented by the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary is one of 14 in the U.S. and the only one in fresh water.

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