Boblo Boats: A Detroit Ferry Tale

Boblo Boats: A Detroit Ferry Tale with Q&A - Freep - $12

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Virtual cinema release with 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.


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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.


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  • 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