Michael Loukinen is a sociology professor at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. He started by trying to teach using 35mm slide presentations. Gradually, he learned 16mm filmmaking by working with experienced filmmakers such as Tom Davenport, Debora Dickson, Kathleen Laughlin and especially Miroslav Janek (Czech Republic). Recently he has teamed up with digital cinema artist, Grant Guston. Most of his films are about the traditional cultures of the Lake Superior Region: Finnish Americans, Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) and wilderness workers (loggers, trappers, and fishers). He has also made three sociological intervention films about: at-risk youth in alternative schools, adults with disabilities fighting for independent life styles, and preventing vehicular homcide. His films have won both academic and artistic awards.
See: upnorthfilms.org. Call Susan Henderson at 907-227-2706 about purchasing Michael's films.