A skier overlooks the Upper Peninsula horizon in "Lake Effect." Mike King
What's happening: Putting a new spin on skiing in Michigan, filmmaker Mike King is showcasing his film “Lake Effect” at the Kaufmann Auditorium in Marquette. It will be the first time that the 2022 Fresh Coast Film Festival winner will be replayed in the Upper Peninsula. The film highlights the comparable downhill skiing opportunities in Michigan with known downhill experiences in the Rockies and the Catskills.
Why was it created: After spending many winters across the country, King came back to his family orchard near Traverse City during the summer. But when the pandemic hit, he found himself staying closer to home and continuing his love of skiing on local hills. Pairing with other creative groups, “Lake Effect” features numerous Upper Peninsula skiing locations.
What they're saying: “Everything was all about going out west, that's where the people were. This whole film is my goal to inspire people to stay here. We have the terrain and the culture. This is a celebration of what's already here,” King said. “We’re finding a platform — really a stage — to take pride in what we do.”
What's next: According to King, the movie has been shown on a touring basis across the state with opportunities for larger events and double features with other local filmmakers. The tour will continue throughout the winter, as more and more Michigan-based winter sport enthusiasts continue to showcase the area. The Nick Baumgartner Gold Medal Tour, Michigan teams from both peninsulas having strong performances at the International 500 snowmobile race, and numerous books and short stories talking about cross-country skiing in the area have all combined to showcase various winter sports through art and competition.
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