Feature Films

Aaron Schillinger
Principal Cast:
Boblo Boats: A Detroit Ferry Tale

When the Ste. Claire and SS. Columbia boats sounded their whistle, every Detroit kid knew it heralded the coming of summer and they would once again feel the magic of ferrying over to nearby Boblo Island Amusement Park where dreams come true. 85 years later, these two sister steamships – the oldest in America - awaken from a deep slumber to find that a devoted team of enthusiasts have set out to rescue them from their deteriorating state. Martha Reeves, the Motown legend with a lilting voice, narrates this revelatory fable-doc that’s full of heart and hard truths about a challenging restoration, the iconic amusement park’s exciting yet whitewashed history, and the intoxicating ways that nostalgia can inspire and blur memories.

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