Boblo Boats: A Detroit Ferry Tale

Boblo Boats: A Detroit Ferry Tale with Special Features and Q&A - Freep - $20

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Boblo Boats: A Detroit Ferry Tale
A doctor, psychic and amusement park fanatic unite to save Detroit's beloved "Boblo Boat" from the scrapyard in this documentary interweaving history with mythology.
Closed captions available
Q&A with Martha Reeves and filmmakers
Bonus content: Learn the stories behind the film and Boblo in this 30 min Q&A with Martha Reeves and filmmakers
Golden Age of Amusement Parks & Original 1923 Bob-Lo Song
Deleted scene: A history of America's trolley parks and the original 1923. Bob-Lo song
SS Columbia Raises Her Anchor
Deleted scene: Watch as Columbia raises anchor
Mafia Tries to Buy Boblo Island
Bonus content: The mafia nearly became owners of Boblo
Frank Kirby, Father of the Boblo Boats animation
Deleted scene: Animation of Naval Architect Frank Kirby
Jeff Plans to Kidnap Kevin
Deleted scene: Jeff plots how he can get Kevin to return to Boblo Island
Kevin and Jeff Epilogue
Deleted scene: Find out what life is like in Florida for Kevin and Jeff
The Haunting of Ste. Claire
Bonus content: Ghost stories from the unlucky sister
Ste. Claire Hooks John
Bonus content: John worked with the U.S. Coast Guard to get Ste. Claire running again
Coast Guard Inspects Columbia's Hull
Deleted scene: Columbia is given a thorough inspection
Golf Cart Tour of Boblo Island
Deleted scene: A moving tour of Boblo Island
Aboard America’s Only Mailboat
Bonus content: Take a ride on the J.W. Westcott
♫ Bob-Lo Sing-along ♫
Bonus content: Two original Boblo themed songs
Dr. Ron is Overworked
Deleted scene: Ron meets with architects to review Claire's blueprints
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Virtual cinema release presented by the Freep Film Festival! Stay tuned after the show for a Q&A with Martha Reeves and the filmmakers and cast members, moderated by Detroit City Historian Jamon Jordan, as well as 13 other pieces of Bonus Content and Deleted Scenes!


BONUS CONTENT

Q&A with Martha Reeves and filmmakers

♫ Bob-Lo Sing-along ♫

The Haunting of Ste. Claire 

Aboard America’s Only Mailboat

Mafia Tries to Buy Boblo Island 

Ste. Claire Hooks John


DELETED SCENES

Frank Kirby, Father of the Boblo Boats 

Golden Age of Amusement Parks and original 1923 Bob-Lo Song

SS Columbia Raises Her Anchor

Coast Guard Inspects Columbia's Hull

Golf Cart Tour of Boblo Island

Jeff Plans to Kidnap Kevin

Dr. Ron is Overworked

Kevin and Jeff Epilogue


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For over 85 years, steamship Ste. Claire transported generations of Detroiters to Boblo Island, an amusement park nestled in the waters between the US and Canada. When the vessel comes under threat of ruin, a doctor, psychic and amusement park fanatic unite to save their beloved steamship from the scrapyard. Interweaving local lore and mythology, "Boblo Boats" explores the whitewashed history of amusement parks and one crew's crusade to bring back the memories.


Note: This is for personal use only. To obtain a public screening license or for additional questions please email us at bobloboatsfilm@gmail.com.

  • Year
    2022
  • Runtime
    79 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    2021 Freep Film Fest
  • Rating
    Not Rated
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  • Director
    Aaron Schillinger
  • Screenwriter
    Aaron Schillinger, Desiree Cooper, Jayil Pak
  • Producer
    Steve Bannatyne, Isabel Sandoval, Jayil Pak, Matthew Peach, Aaron Schillinger, Pete Monro
  • Cast
    Martha Reeves
  • Cinematographer
    Joe Flinders, CJ Gardella, Matt Reznik, Matthew Peach
  • Editor
    Aaron Schillinger
  • Animator
    Bec Sloane
  • Composer
    Myles Rodenhouse