MARQUETTE–This weekend, Marquette will be host to the second annual Fresh Coast Film Festival. On Thursday evening, a kickoff event was held to celebrate the beginning of the presentation of films.

The Marquette Commons was bustling with excitement as members of the public gathered to enjoy cuisine from local food vendors, and three free films with a wide range of diversity. Many different locations throughout the downtown area have opened their doors to the festival, as theaters of sorts to showcase the films.

“So we’re here at the second annual Fresh Coast Film Festival – it’s an annual documentary film festival,” said festival co-founder Bugsy Sailor. “This year we are featuring 120 films, it has a lot of outdoor content, Midwest content, but then we’re bringing in some new things from coast to coast and even a few international films.”

“My film is called ‘The Poetry of Earth,’ and I’m hoping to capture the journey that someone takes from being what I consider trapped in like, business suits, inside, to what freedom they can get through traveling through nature,” said featured filmmaker Nathaniel Langlie.

The first films begin tomorrow morning. Ticket passes for the full weekend are $70, student passes run for $25, and a day pass is just $35. You can purchase your pass at the Delft Bistro in downtown Marquette.