July 24 – 28, 2024

Michael Loukinen has made a number of documentary films that feature indigenous communities and individuals. Jim Leary will interview Michael about why he has made these films and what making the films involved.

Michael Loukinen is Professor Emeritus from Northern Michigan University. He earned his PhD in Sociology from Michigan State University (MSU) and, had a University of Michigan Post-doctoral fellowship, where he studied oral history and the cultural anthropology of aging.  Loukinen began his career publishing original research on Finnish Americans and on rural community social support networks. This led to his first film, “Finnish American Lives,” 1982. He held a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Turku in 1983. He has completed 24 documentaries, most on ethnic traditions in the Upper Midwest including Finnish Americans, Ojibwe, Menominee, Ottawa and Serbs. He has recorded the traditional occupational cultures of trappers, loggers and commercial fishers in the U.P.  Up North Films is a non-profit documentary film production company at Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan. www.upnorthfilms.com