Troubled Water


Main Theater Fri, Dec 22, 2023 6:00 PM
Post-Film Live Q&A with Filmmakers
Main Theater Fri, Dec 22, 2023 8:00 PM
Post-Film Live Q&A with Filmmakers
Film Info
Event Type:Special Event


For as long as they can remember, lifelong friends Chris Yahanda and William Wright have spent their summers exploring the lakes and shores of Northern Michigan. Recently however, Chris and William noticed the lakes around them starting to change. And as the tensions build surrounding a particularly threatening oil pipeline, the two are determined to take action. Chris and William embark on an audacious 425 mile standup paddle journey through the Great Lakes to raise awareness and help protect their favorite place in the world.

Troubled Water is an exhilarating adventure and conservation film that beckons viewers to follow along on a transformative journey down the stunning coast of Lake Michigan. The film intimately follows two lifelong friends as they navigate the awe-inspiring lakes and landscapes, weaving together a tale of exploration, friendship, and environmental awareness.

At the heart of the film lies a vital message about the perilous environmental threats looming over the Great Lakes. With a keen focus on the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac (a 70-year-old aging structure) we unravel the potential catastrophic consequences that this pipeline presents to the very essence of the Great Lakes ecosystem and the surrounding communities. As the journey unfolds, we unveil the sheer significance of this issue, the dire need for collective action and the historic precedent that this movement would establish.

Troubled Water does not merely dwell in the shadows of concern; it is an uplifting testament to the human spirit and the remarkable power of community. Through the synergy of passionate individuals uniting for a common cause, the film showcases the incredible impact that a devoted community can wield in safeguarding our precious natural resources. As the friends' voyage becomes a symbol of hope and a catalyst for change, the documentary beautifully underscores the intrinsic connection between humanity and our environment.