Michael Loukinen, founder of Up North Films has been making films about the culture in the upper midwest, particularly those in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, for more than 35 years. His subjects have spanned the region’s diverse ethnic and occupational folk cultures. These include Finns, French Canadians, Ojibwe, fishers, loggers, miners, musicians, and many more.
Up North Films has helped preserve the history of this region and the immigrant groups that moved here in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Loukinen’s “folklore films” will be a resource of historical information for many years to come.
Michigan State University - Fall 2016
Outstanding Alumnus Award
After 40 years of teaching and making award-winning documentaries Michael was given the outstanding Alumnus Award from Michigan State University.
His documentaries celebrate and preserve the rich and diverse ethnic traditions of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.