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Comfort Film presents a screening of 'Lake Michigan in a Dugout' by Amy Lukas and Mary Catterlin

  • Comfort Station 2579 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL, 60647 United States (map)

Comfort Film presents

A screening of 'Lake Michigan In A Dugout' 
by Amy Lukas and Mary Catterlin

Documentary Synopsis: 

Lake Michigan in a Dugout is a film following the story of two women chasing their ridiculous dream: to journey around Lake Michigan aboard their handmade dugout sailing canoe, an adventure that would ultimately take them over 1200 miles in 93 days. Told in part through the friendly banter between the two and the friends they made along the way, the documentary explores the search for everyday adventure and the power of our imaginations to push dreams into reality.

Directors Bio:
Local southenders, Amy Lukas and Mary Catterlin have grown up along the Lake Michigan shoreline and have been best friends since their days at Michigan City High School. Amy graduated from Valparaiso University in 2011 with a BS in Biology, minors in Chemistry and Humanities. Mary graduated from Indiana University in 2011 with a BA in Fine Art. The summer of 2012 found them doing other things...

When Mary started hand carving a cottonwood tree into a dugout canoe, Amy knew they were in for an adventure. Spurred by their love of Lake Michigan and a desire for a challenge, they dreamed big.

Both Amy and Mary were relatively (okay, completely) new to long distance paddling/sailing expeditions when they set off on their 1200 mile journey around Lake Michigan aboard their handmade dugout sailing canoe in the summer of 2012. 

Amy and Mary are both relatively (okay, completely) new to the realm of book & film, but they thoroughly enjoyed the process of telling a story they love. Their 93 day adventure has recently taken the form of a full length documentary detailing the ins and outs of their dream coming to life (and soon a published illustrated journal). They hope to inspire others to follow their dreams, no matter how ridiculous.

When asked what is currently taking up their time as 26 year olds, frequent answers include speaking, writing, creating, and adventuring on the southern shoreline of Lake Michigan. Side jobs include non profit work, surf instructing, traveling, sailboat repair work, and ice cream scooping. Makeba, their dugout sailing canoe, is enjoying her life as a show boat after being featured in an exhibit at the Porter County Museum of History.


Running time: 74mins
Media: Digital Projection
Film Makers will be in attendance.

The movie will be followed by live music from Naomi Marie.

Totally free.