The East Lansing Film Festival Presents


Directed by George A. Colburn - 100 minutes

Wednesday, April 4

7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
East Lansing Hannah Community Center
819 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Mi.

$8, $6 for seniors (65+), $3 students

This documentary focuses on the influence of of Ernest Hemingway's idyllic summers "up north" on his writings and his life featuring many scholars and archival photographs.

The Hemingway family resided in the affluent Chicago suburb of Oak Park, IL, but began summer pilgrimages to the wilds of the northern lower peninsula in 1899 when they built a rustic little cottage in a remote corner of Walloon Lake. For three months every summer, the family and young Ernie returned to the cottage until war came to the U.S. Hemingway joined the war effort as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross when he was seriously wounded.

In 1919, He returned to Michigan to recover from his war wounds and work seriously on his writing skills. Two years later, he married his first wife in Horton Bay, near the family summer home before moving to Chicago and Paris to focus on his writing career, as a journalist. His first short stories were mainly about Michigan via his alter ego, Nick Adams.

Director George A. Colburn, an independent documentary writer-producer-director since 1982, who received his PhD in history from MSU and was an East Lansing City Council member from 1971 - 73.

Fred Svoboda of East Lansing, a professor of English at the University of Michigan - Flint, who is one of the scholars featured in the film.

Christopher Struble, president of the Michigan Hemingway Society, to comment on the film's content and point-of-view.

Robin Lee Berry, who wrote and performs the documentary's theme song, "Gone Wild" after the film.

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